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5-a-Side: A new way to play football

Beside beach soccer and futsal a new type of football appeared, called “5-a-Side”. Fast, technical and social, 5-a-Side Football has known a very strong growth in Europe during the last decade.

Five-a-Side is played by 2 teams of 5 players (4 in the field, 1 goalkeeper) on a small synthetic pitch (approximately 30x20m) and borders preventing the ball to go out surround the field. It can be played either outdoor or indoor. Rules slightly differ from football as contacts are forbidden as well as tackles, and the offside rule does not apply. This favours a fast and fluid game.

The discipline was born in the 50’s in Great-Britain, but really became famous in the late 60’s and 70’s thanks to the TV broadcasting of the “London Five-a-Side Championship” which opposed the best English professionals clubs in 5v5 matches. A few years later, 5-a-Side football really began to be played by non-professionals. Since then, a new way to play football sprang up, by renting a pitch for an hour in a private complex, to play with friends after work or in a League.

Why Five-a-Side attracts so many people?

- It allows children to discover football on a smaller pitch, to learn the basics of this sport without focusing too much on the tactical aspect. It’s an educational and playful approach to football.

- Borders keep the ball on the field; you can play almost without any stops in the game. It’s a fast and intense football.

- The type of surface and its size favors spectacular football and technical attributes; it’s skilful football.

- There are no contacts or tackles; it’s less traumatic football.

- The concept of renting a pitch for an hour allows some flexibility. You can play when you want without any obligation. It’s leisure football.

Five-a-Side football growth in France was rapid during the last decade, with the emergence of many sport centres dedicated to the 5-a-Side concept. FieldTurf is proud to be a part of this expansion, by supplying the best synthetic pitches to the market leaders and prestigious partners. For example, our Classic HD fibre used in most of 5-aSide complexes allows a faster ball rotation, which increases the number of passes and the ball transmissions speed. It also provides a high performance resistance, guaranteeing an exceptional life expectancy (successfully tested after 100.000 lisport cycles, which is 5 times more than the highest FIFA’s requirement).

That is why retired professional footballers have trusted FieldTurf to install our artificial turf, like Jean-Alain Boumsong with 6 5-a-Side fields in his “Elite 5 soccer” in Nanterre; or the former France national team captain Marcel Dessailly who was supplied with more than 4.000m² of FieldTurf Classic HD fibre in his “Lizzy Sports” center in Ghana.

About FieldTurf

FieldTurf is the world’s leading company in artificial turf innovation with more than 7,000 sports field customers across the globe. FieldTurf belongs to Tarkett Sports, the sports division of the Tarkett Group. The company established its range of synthetic turf products designed for soccer, rugby, and hockey at all levels of the game. The company also supplies for landscaping and has a complete range of tennis and golf surfaces.

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