Football for people with a learning disability is generally a 5-a-side game with slight rule variation between the different organisations. 11-a-side football tends to be played by players and teams who perform at a higher ability level.

Mencap groups, Special Olympics groups, Ability Counts Clubs, and Local Authority sports programmes are the main providers of football for LD players, but there are also many Independent clubs around the country.

Many of these clubs will play in regional leagues and tournaments. Footballers who belong to Special Olympics groups are eligible to represent their region at National events and they could then go on to represent GB at the European and World Games.

Mencap covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland and their members can turn out for their club at national tournaments or represent their National Association at International level.

The FA's regional Ability Counts leagues are Pan disability, which means that players from the different imparement groups could be involved. These leagues not only give players with a LD the opportunity to play regular competative football, but they also form part of the pathway into the England LD football team. This team will play in the European Championships and the World Cup.

More information about these organisations can be found via the following pages

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