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Small Sided

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More people than ever are playing small sided football in London - the fastest growing area of adult football - now you can too.

We know that small sided football helps keep people involved in the game for longer. With it's fast, fun and flexible format, you and your friends will still feel all the benefits of playing the beautiful game, just on a smaller scale.

Across the country there are nearly 30,000 small sided teams. 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 11v11 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.

Indoors? Outdoors? Wherever you are in the county, the chance to play small sided football isn't far away. To find a venue near you, check out some of the FA affiliated providers of small sided football by using the section on this page.

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