Small-sided football is the most popular and fastest growing area of adult football. With over 1.5m adults playing it every week, and with 30,000 teams playing in organised and competitive small-sided leagues, this format has increasingly become an integral part of the football family.

Alongside The FA, we recognise the important role that small-sided football plays in encouraging people to continue playing football and enjoying all aspects of the beautiful game. There are various different types, including 4v4, 5v5, 6v6, 7v7, Beach Soccer and Futsal.

Wherever you are around the county, the chances are that there is an opportunity to play small-sided football on your doorstep. This could come in all shapes and sizes, from a large custom-built facility with multiple pitches to indoor sports halls configured for Futsal, or even an 11v11 pitch temporarily split into smaller pitches.

There are also a whole host of operators and providers who offer small-sided football opportunities - just make sure that when you play in organised league that they are appropriately affiliated to The FA or the Essex County FA. We recommend considering the following providers:

Champion Soccer (
Football Mundial (
Futuresoccer (
Goals Soccer Centres (
Premier Fives (
Pitch Invasion (
PlayFootball (
Powerleague (
Soccer Sixes (
Total Football Mania ( (

Essex, as one of the nation’s small-sided ‘Focus Counties’, is keen to increase participation in these formats of the game. Could you be our next local hero? Contact your local Football Development Officer to find out more about local clubs, sessions and providers.

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