Last bank holiday weekend saw Birmingham open its doors to the FA People’s Cup finals where teams from around the country battled for first place at the Play Football Arena.
The Cup’s aim has been to give amateur 5 a-side teams a taste of the professional environment, with the opportunity to play matches at prestigious venues along with extensive coverage from the BBC.
With categories ranging from Female Disability to Walking Football and Veterans Football, the People’s Cup has shown a real celebration of all types of football.
In the Female Disability category, a Midlands derby provided one of the most notable clashes as Aston Villa Ladies took on West Bromwich Albion Ladies.
The structure of the day for the two teams consisted of taking part in a round robin in which they played all of the 5 opposing teams.
Despite having never played as a team before, both Villa Ladies and West Brom Ladies showed real determination and quickly learnt each other’s strengths and used them to their advantages.
Due to the Baggies only having four players, Villa evened out the playing field and so the game became a 4v4. With a team of mostly deaf players, West Brom showed how to alter their communication skills and slowly began to build on their possession.
However, a forceful Villa side continued to show their domination from previous games and ended up with 4-0 win when the full time whistle was blown.
The teams could have set up a fitting all-Midlands finale, as both progressed through to the semi-finals. With Villa having won all five of their games, they were safely through to the semi finals where they played against Northampton and won 7-0.
They were shortly followed by West Brom who also made the knock out stage, having earned four impressive wins and a draw. The Baggies faced Aylestone but unfortunately lost 1-4.
With the Villains through to the final, they sealed the deal with a 4-0 win over Aylestone and lifted the People’s Cup as the best Female Disability team across the county.
Through the Cup, fans of football across the country have become more aware of all the different types of football available. The atmosphere at the arena was lively and proactive in bringing all areas of football together.
To find out more about disability football within area, please contact Disability Football Development Office Jasbir Batt via email Jasbir.Batt@birminghamfa.com