How To Start a Football Team

Read our easy guide on how to sucessfully start a football team in your area!

If you’re looking to find out information on how to start a football team, look no further!

We’ve spoken to successful local football team managers and got the lowdown on how anyone can start a football team, including the crucial steps you need to follow including where and how to find players and hold tryouts, how to find a venue and when to look to join a football league!

Read on… How To Start a Football Team in 5 Simple Steps

Part 1: Find the Players

How to Start a Football Team: Find The PlayersFootball is one of the greatest sports ever invented, and that’s why it’s your national duty to spread the sport to every corner ofyour country. The best way to do this? Start a local football team! But starting a local football is not as easy as it sounds, as you have to get the pieces in place before you can go on and win the World cup!

The first step is to find some players!

Who are you Looking For?

That’s the first question which should be on your mind because it’s no use creating a youth football team and then instead having Big Jimmy and five of his best drinking buddies turning up for your football trials. Even you can’t pass them off for 16.

Make it clear you are looking for a specific age and gender of player before you decide to put out the word that you are looking for players.

Spread the Word

Putting up one poster on a urine-stained alley wall is just not going to cut it these days because not all potential players are hanging around in those places anymore. To find players you have to use a variety of resources. The internet is one such way to do this as that’s where most people tend to reside these days, at least it’s been that way ever since we got rid of those silly things like socialising in person.

Facebook and Gumtree are your friends for finding people in your local area this time. Most of the time you will find the internet provides many more fruitful results than anything you can do outside the confines of your bedroom; oh what a sad world we live in!

Set a Date and Place

If you have found sufficient interest from people who claim to be aspiring football players then it’s time to set a date and a place for tryouts and the first meeting. It can be any date which seems suitable and any place which is central to most people in the local area, such as a pub or a sports club.

How to Start a Football Team: Find The Players

Just make sure that people actually know when and where because telling Gormless Gary and expecting him to tell everybody else is bound to fail spectacularly from the start. Although you want to be relatively strict on a date and a time to meet up, don’t be afraid to create a second occasion for those who can’t make the first one because some people do have work which they can’t just skip on the grounds of football therapy.


The final step is to make sure that the people who have turned up can at least kick a ball. They don’t have to be the sons of Ronaldo or Messi but don’t settle for people who are morbidly obese or have one leg either. And don’t be afraid to tell someone that they are utterly awful and that they should stick to something else, like knitting!

Part 2: Find Somewhere to Play

So, you have found all the players you can and you have chosen the ones who are not completely and utterly terrible. The next step is to find a place to play your games because that’s what every credible football team has.

Finding a place to play might seem difficult but it needn’t be an expensive or time consuming process.

Assess your Needs

It’s no use just picking any place to play and then finding out that you have got a bigger facility than you needed or a place that ends up being overly expensive. For a local football team, in the beginning, you should look for a pitch at the bare minimum. Not all pitches need to have changing rooms or showers because many of your players will choose to come and go in their kit.

If you are really strapped for cash then go for the pitch only, otherwise you can look for places which have changing rooms, floodlights, or even a club house.

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Most pitches will require you to make rental payments, as opposed to just letting you squat there for free like a little football managing gremlin. Whether you pay rent or not will usually depend on how in demand a specific location is and who runs it.

For example, a private business is unlikely to be running a charity service by letting you play there for free whereas a council run location may differ.

This is also part of assessing your needs as you need to get an accurate budget to start off with. If you are really in trouble then you can always appeal for donations from the local community in exchange for putting their names on your kit or by charging a membership fee for players.

Location! Location! Location!

If you have all of your needs and resources sorted out then it’s time to actually start searching for a location. The chances are that if you are interested in starting a football team then you will already have an idea as to where other local teams play.

If you do then get in touch with whoever owns the location and ask if you can rent the place too; however it’s always worth trying to get the location for free. If you don’t know any locations because you’ve been living under a rock, though, then it’s always worth putting an ad in your local newspaper or on an online board like Gumtree in order to match yourself up with interested parties.

Part 3: Be the Best Manager You Can Be

Since you now have the basic tools needed to start your journey towards footballing glory, you now have to think about how you are going to whip those flab-covered souls into the best players they can be. Of course, your basic training regime will go a long way to creating some semi-competent players, but it’s equally important to add a few magic touches which can increase the effectiveness of the tyrannous rule over your players.

Workers Must be Happy

This is the key to any operation. You can whip, kick, and throw them as much as you like, but if they are not happy then you are not going to get the best performances from your players. A simple compliment here and there can work wonders, no matter how hard you drive them.

Mix it Up

Part of becoming a successful manager is to keep everybody happy, as we have already touched upon, but mixing your training sessions up each week can go a long way to both accomplishing this and increasing the skills of your players. If you are making your players run five hundred laps each and every week then they are quickly going to stagnate in concentration and in technical ability.

Sometimes Wrong is Right

Although you would like to think you were born from the loins of Margaret Thatcher and Sir Alex Ferguson, you are not. And sometimes you can be wrong too. Managers who flat out refuse to admit when they are wrong are rarely successful because most players will simply not stand for it. There is nothing wrong in admitting your own mistakes and it will increase your respectability in the eyes of your players because of it.

Demonstrate Direction

The most respected managers in football are the most respected because their players trust their judgement. And they trust their judgement because they explain their decisions, whether good or bad, they give direction to each decision which increases the amount of trust the players have in their manager. Be hard on your players, but don’t be hard for apparently no reason.

Show Improvements

If your minions have a problem with something and they go to you then don’t just ignore it. Although the paper shredder is tempting, it won’t work in the long run. Make it obvious that you have taken on what your players have said and show that you too are working hard to solve the issue. If you can’t be bothered to improve then why should your players?

But overall, becoming the best manager possible is a learning process. Although these tips will certainly help you on your managerial journey, they are no substitute for consistency and effort. If you don’t put both consistency and effort in then you will never become a successful manager through trophies or in the eyes of the players you are guiding.

Part 4: Find Some Opponents

You have your team and you have your stadium/pitch/backyard to play your matches in. Now it’s time to find some opponents for you to lose to! There’s only so much you can do when you are training with just your own team and playing 5 a side matches against each other, the only way you are going to move forward is to actively search for opponents.

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Depending on the area you live in this could be really easy or incredibly difficult. If you have formed your local football team in a major city then researching other local football teams is quite easy because there are usually tons of them within an easy travelling distance.

It should also be noted that if you are running a youth football team then this process will be much easier than if you are running an adult’s team because there are not as many adult’s teams around. Furthermore, if you live in the middle of the Welsh countryside then it’s probably going to be a little more difficult to find teams as they are few and far between. If you can’t find any designated football teams then you might want to try and look into school football teams, assuming you are running a youth football team.


If you have managed to find a variety of football teams in the area then it’s time to talk to them. This is pretty much self-explanatory as all you have to do is call whoever is in charge and then see if they will play a game with you. Just remember to talk to your team before booking a match or it could be incredibly embarrassing if the day of the match comes and 16 year old Johnny is still laying overly intoxicated in a bush somewhere.

If all Else Fails…

If you are incapable of contacting anybody due to your fear of the phone or you are just plain lazy then you can advertise instead. An easy way to advertise is to simply put an ad in your local newspaper or even on an internet website, such as Gumtree or Facebook. But if you have acquired some mysterious disease which stops you from using a computer then you can also try asking around in your local pub instead.

Now What?

Assuming you have successfully found some potential opponents you will want to plan well. As mentioned above, make sure that you talk to your team before you plan for a match due to 16 year old Johnny’s drinking problem.

Make sure that everybody knows whether the game is home or away as it wouldn’t be the first time that you turn up at your opponent’s ground and you get a call from your “star” player asking why nobody is at your home ground yet.

And finally make sure that you prepare well because you don’t want to lose your first game do you?

Part 5: Find a Football League

By now you should have found your players, kicked out some of your players, found a place to play, found and played some opponents, and hopefully beaten some opponents. If you are ready to take it to the next level then it’s time to start playing for some trophies because everybody knows that silverware keeps your footballing ego and your chances of managing Barcelona alive.

And the only way to accomplish any of this is to join a football league and start playing week in and week out.

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Ready Your Team

If you just decide to walk in one cold Wednesday night and tell your players that you have signed them up to a league and they have to play every Sunday morning then it’s unlikely to go down well. This is why it’s important to make sure that you ask your players if they are happy to sign up to a league, and the way to do this is to have all the information about the league at your disposal.

Remember as much as we would like, the players on your team are not your slaves where you can just shove a £50 note in their mouths to get them to agree to anything. It’s immoral, it’s unethical, it’s wrong, and besides you don’t have the money to do that anyway.

Find out About Local Leagues

Most local football leagues will have monthly or annual meetings which take place in your local area. In the case of most leagues they will have no problem with allowing you to sit in on their meetings to find out more about them. Do this with as many different local football leagues as you can before making a final decision.

Apply to the League

While applying to a local football league won’t be as rigorous as your application to the Barclay’s Premier League will be, it’s still a formal process which you will have to learn about.

Depending on the league they will have different times during the year where new teams are able to apply to join the league. However in some cases this won’t be viable as not all leagues are allowing new teams to join. You will quickly be able to find this out when you sit in on their meetings.

Each league will have a different application process so the way to find out about this is to talk to the people who handle applications to the league in question and they will be happy to guide you through the process.


It will probably take a few months of waiting to begin your new season, but in the mean time it’s wise to play more friendly games and sharpen your skills in training to give yourself the best shot of doing as well as possible in your new league.

What do you think?

If you have any tips for budding managers, or just have an idea on how to find some players, leave a comment below!

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