FA Launch Nationwide Football Festival
17/3/20 Update: In light of ongoing developments in the spread of COVID-19 across Europe, The FA have taken the decision to postpone FA Fives. The FA will now be working closely with FA Fives' partners to work through a new scenario, with a view to it being rescheduled in-line with the new Euros tournament dates next year.
The postponement is, of course, hugely disappointing for everyone involved, but people’s health and wellbeing is naturally everyone’s primary concern. Thank you for your patience. Below is a copy of the original news article from 4th March:
The FA have today marked 100 days to go until the start of UEFA Euro 2020 by launching FA Fives, a nationwide five-a-side football festival which is set to captivate the nation ahead of this summer’s European Championships, with Essex categories taking place in Colchester.
FA Fives will be the nation’s largest and most inclusive five-a-side football event to date. More than 5,000 teams and up to 50,000 participants are expected to register a team into one of the 15 categories on offer, which include Under 14s, Under 16s, adult, veteran, disability and Walking Football provisions for both male and female players.
Funded by the Government via Sport England, and promoted in partnership with BBC Sport, events are set to take place at over 120 venues across the country, providing an opportunity for thousands of people to get involved. The fun kicks off on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May, with teams looking to progress to one of five festival-style Regional Final events on 30th and 31st May.
FA Fives will reach its climax with a very special National Finals weekend played against the backdrop of the iconic Wembley Stadium on 12th and 13th June, the same weekend that the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament gets underway in Rome.
The FA are working with Rio Ferdinand, England’s ambassador for UEFA Euro 2020, to get as many teams across the country registered for the event before the sign-up period closes on Thursday 23rd April, with the Essex County FA keen to see as many local teams sign-up as possible.
Speaking about the initiative, Rio commented: “If having the chance to watch England on home soil this summer wasn’t exciting enough, people all over the country can now dust off their boots and get involved in a football festival of their own.”
“It’s great to support such an inclusive initiative - one that’s completely free to enter and has provision for so many different people, regardless of their ability or background. With just 100 days to go until the tournament starts, there really is no better time to give football a go.”
Chris Bryant, The FA’s Head of Tournament Delivery, said: “For Wembley Stadium to host seven games at UEFA Euro 2020 is a real privilege, but also an extremely exciting prospect for the whole country. We’re delighted to be able to deliver this inclusive event, giving people of all abilities the chance to be part of it.”
In its 60th anniversary year, UEFA Euro 2020 will be the biggest celebration of European football in history, with the hosting shared by twelve cities across Europe - including London - for the first time. Wembley Stadium will welcome over 600,000 fans when it hosts seven games next summer, including both semi-finals and the showpiece final.
FA Fives is one of many initiatives taking place to celebrate UEFA Euro 2020 this summer. In the capital, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is working with boroughs and other organisations to ensure that Londoners from all walks of life and backgrounds can share in the joy and excitement of the tournament.
Saturday 2nd May
Under 16 Boys (9:00am-12:00pm, Capacity: 16 teams)
Under 14 Boys (9:00am-12:00pm, Capacity: 16 teams)
Disability (League) (1:00-3:00pm, Capacity: 8 teams)
Disability (Championship) (1:00-3:00pm, Capacity: 8 teams)
Disability (Premiership) (1:00-3:00pm, Capacity: 8 teams)
Disability (Youth) (1:00-3:00pm, Capacity: 8 teams)
Under 16 Girls (1:00-4:00pm, Capacity: 16 teams)
Under 14 Girls (1:00-4:00pm, Capacity: 16 teams)
Adult Female (3:30-6:30pm, Capacity: 16 teams)
Female Veterans (3:30-6:30pm, Capacity: 8 teams)
Mixed Walking Football (3:30-6:30pm, Capacity: 16 teams)
Female Walking Football (3:30-6:30pm, Capacity: 8 teams)
Sunday 3rd May
Male Veterans (11:00am-3:00pm, Capacity: 16 teams)
Adult Male (11:00am-3:00pm, Capacity: 40 teams)