Is there a city more football crazy than London? It hosts twelve professional teams, including, the once invincible, Arsenal, Chelsea, and the resurgent Spurs. London must surely rank as the UK’s number one home of the beautiful game – (go on, name the other nine clubs!).
At this point, we say goodbye to all Liverpool fans.
The worldwide television coverage of English football (soccer) keeps the sport in our front rooms and pubs. Never has it been so popular.
Not surprisingly the number of armchair footballers is probably matched by the ever swell of people actively involved in the sport at one level or another. Not just players, but referees, groundsmen and an army of other helpful volunteers.
The game has become an ever more popular activity for virtually all ages and genders. And one of the most popular and enjoyable formats is, 5-aside.
London is particularly well blessed when it comes to playing 5-aside, mostly due to the efforts of the wonderful 5ASIDE.ORGinitiative.
- What does ORG have to offer?
5ASIDE.ORGorganise 5-aside, 6-aside, 7-aside and 8-aside football leagues throughout London, in fact currently running in excess of 20 leagues, and they also offer 5 aside football tournaments in London. Should you be a London resident, potentially the next Gareth Bale or maybe just an old fashionedclogger, then there will be a team suited to accommodate your personal skill levels.
5-aside generally is a most sociable sport, a chance to make new friends, stay fit and compete. That’s not to imply that matches aren’t competitive, inevitably some leagues are more intense than others. Speak to players on the 5ASIDE.ORGblog and get a feel for a team that’ll suit your abilities and expectations.
5ASIDE.ORGlay everything on a plate, football made easy! Here’s what you can expect:
- A properly prepared pitch
- A qualified FA referee
- A match ball
All you have to do is turn up in appropriate attire; no worries, no fuss … enjoy!
And what’s more a women’s league is in the pipeline!
- How do I sign up to a league?
That’s simple enough, just follow this link to the 5ASIDE.ORGwebsite; here you can either register your name with, maybe, details of friends who are interested, you can select a team you’re interested in and await an allocation.
Alternatively you may wish to enter a whole team! In which case you’ll be allocated a league.
As I said, simple.
- An appeal
5ASIDE.ORG are always on the lookout for any assistance they can get. Should you be willing and able to help in anyway, please get in touch with them.
Especially if you’re a qualified FA ref!
- Hire a pitch!
Not everyone wants to, or can, commit to regular matches; that’s fine, you can be slotted in and out of a team dependent upon your availability.
However for those occasional friendlies between workmates you may consider hiring a pitch a few nights of the year. Good idea. Contact 5ASIDE.ORG and find out what they have to offer.
- In conclusion
Lucky London! You have all the infrastructure in place, there’s an opportunity for absolutely anyone can get on board the football express.
Go to 5ASIDE.ORG now for further information!