There are nearly 30,000 small sided teams playing across the country. This significant figure is continuing to grow and expand at a rapid rate and it is anticipated that the number of small sided football teams will overtake the number of adult male 11 v 11 teams.
Small sided football is identified in the National Game Strategy as one of The FA’s key growth targets for adult football. The popularity of this format of football is a reaction to changing work and leisure patterns and a move towards ‘pay and play’ football.
The Laws of Small Sided Football have been revised for the benefit to players and referees. The FA encourages all Small Sided Football centres to adopt these uniform Laws.
With over four million footballers now playing Small Sided Football, there is always a need for more referees. The FA has introduced a referee’s course specifically for the sport and further details on this can be obtained from the Hunts FA.
If fast, competitive, small-sided and skillful football is your thing then you might be ready for 5-a-side. It can be a great way of getting an intense ‘after work’ work-out with a bunch of friends. And despite the official name it’s often played by four or seven players on each side, so however many of you there are you can still get involved.
Play at an FA Small Sided Football Accredited Centre
Looking to get yourself a game? Visit one of the following FA Small Sided Football Accredited Centres to ensure you get the best possible experience.
Goals Soccer Centres
Goals are one of the world’s most popular providers of 5-a-side football with 46 clubs throughout the UK. Their fully enclosed arenas feature the very latest synthetic grass surface, ProTurf, with LED floodlights and roof nets, your ball never goes out of play! The clubs are open 7 days a week, so you can play from morning to night at a time convenient to you. For more details on Goals - Click Here
PlayFootball is a premium brand with a passionate aim: to get Britain playing football. They are a specialist branded operator of premier 3G all-weather floodlit football facilities, focussing on the small sided 5, 6 or 7-a-side format. They operate competitive leagues and pitch bookings via their large number of Arenas and Hubs across the country. For more details on PlayFootball - Click Here
Powerleague is the original and first provider of commercial small sided football in the UK. It all started in 1987 in Paisley Scotland and they are now one of the world’s largest providers with over 50 community Clubs across Europe. Their Clubs are about bringing local people together, sharing the good times as a community, being proud of where we’re from and being the local home of 5 aside. Each of their Clubs has their own individual Club Crest that represents their local community. For more details on Powerleague - Click Here