Football is considered the most popular team game in the world. The FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games stand as the world's biggest sporting events. Football is one of the showcase competitions at the London Youth Games.
Traditionally played on a grass pitch with 11 players per side, other popular forms of the game have evolved with world championships in Futsal and Beach Football. The able-bodied competitions at the London Youth Games are 5-a-side on astroturf and the disability competitions are seven-a-side on grass.
Several England international players have competed at the London Youth Games including Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Rachel Yankey and Casey Stoney. In recent years, Brent's winning captain Raheem Sterling in 2009 and Jordan Ibe, a member of 2010's gold-medal winning Southwark team have gone on to make their mark with Premier League club Liverpool FC.
The FA is the organisation which manages the development of English football from grassroots to the England Team. They also run the oldest club competition in the world - The FA Cup.