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5aside.com™ provide everything you need for your 5 a side football in London. From superb 4G pitches to FA refs to match balls and bibs. Not to mention full player stats & awards inc. assists – its fantasy five a side! 👊

How do we register for a league?

⋆ Teams can sign up online team entry form here
⋆ After your refundable deposit is paid, your team will be registered into the league
⋆ You can play for one season or more (most teams of course stay!)
⋆ Leagues run every week, all year round, except for a break at Christmas/NY and some public (UK) holidays

Can a team join a 5aside.com league midway through a season?

⋆ Yes, provided there is a vacancy available
⋆ You can see what’s available in the current and next season on the top of the league’s info page. Check out those pages here

What do the winning team and runners up get?

⋆ We recognise what it takes to win a league: Champions & runners-up are presented with a trophy, medals and bubbly at the end of season ceremony 🏆🍾
⋆ They also get inducted to the league’s hall of fame (#MoreThanJustAGame)

Are there any awards for players?

⋆ End of season player awards: The top performers are presented with “Golden boot”, “Most creative player” & “Player of the season” trophies 🏆
⋆ Compete with other players: 5aside.com is the only UK league to award Assists + Goals, MOMs, Appearances, Goal-to-game ratio & Assist-to-game ratio – It’s fantasy five-a-side football!  (check out this leagues player rankings page to see how we recognise our players) 👊
⋆ Players hall of fame: Each season the awarded “Golden boot”, “Most creative(Assists) player” & “Player of the season” get inducted to the leagues “Hall of fame” 🤙

Are all 5aside.com™ leagues FA affiliated?

Yes, all our leagues are FA affiliated 🏆

Are assists recorded and awarded?

⋆ 5aside.com is the only UK league to award Goals, MOMs + Assists: It’s fantasy five-a-side football!  (check out this leagues player rankings page to see how we recognise our players) 👊
⋆ Players hall of fame: Each season the awarded “Golden boot”, “Most creative player” & “Player of the season” get inducted to the leagues “Hall of fame” 🤙
⋆ End of season player awards: The top performers are presented with “Golden boot”, “Most creative player” & “Player of the season” trophies 🏆

What footwear is allowed?

Permitted footwear at venues with rubber crumb turf (3G/4G):
⋆ Football boots/shoes with non-metal blades or non-metal studs
⋆ Hybrid ‘AG’ (Artificial Grass) boots with short rubber and plastic blades or studs [need some further info on 5 a side footwear options? Go here]
⋆ Astroturf boots or shoes
⋆ Trainers

Permitted footwear at venues with sand dressed turf (2G):
⋆ Astroturf boots or shoes
⋆ Trainers

Safety is our highest priority, so we recommend that you stick to soft studded/dimpled footwear on all playing surfaces 🙏

What player stats are counted?

⋆ Compete with other players: 5aside.com is the only UK league to award goals, MOMs + Assists – It’s fantasy five-a-side football!  (check out this leagues player rankings page to see how we recognise our players) 👊
⋆ Players hall of fame: Each season the awarded “Golden boot”, “Most creative player” & “Player of the season” get inducted to the leagues “Hall of fame” 🤙
⋆ End of season player awards: The top performers are presented with “Golden boot”, “Most creative player” & “Player of the season” trophies 🏆

When do the results and stats get updated?

Resultsscorers and individual stats get updated live
⋆ You will be able to check who got the goals, assists & MOM in the pub for post match analysis/bragging/shaming! 🏆

How do I join as an individual player?

If you want to a join team or find a game tap here

What happens if the opposition team is a no-show?

⋆ Forfeits are thankfully rare, but we will attempt to arrange a friendly game with another team with reduced match fees 🤝
⋆ You will also be awarded 3 points and win the game 10-0 🤛
⋆ If you don’t get a match at all, no match fees will be payable 👌

Why is a deposit required?

⋆ Refundable deposits are required to ensure that when a team enters the league, they fulfil every fixture, which in turn makes it fair on other teams ✊
⋆ We do everything we can make games happen – You can see more on refundable deposits & system here
⋆ The deposit is fully refundable deposit (you get this back once you fulfil all your fixtures) – see more on deposits here
⋆ You will be able to pay your refundable deposit at the end of the team register form

How do we know when our fixtures/matches are?

⋆ Fixtures on the website: fixtures page 🙌
⋆ Fixtures to your inbox: Your league manager will ping a weekly fixture & league info email to your team, meaning less admin for the captain and fewer excuses for the flakey! (#MoreThanJustAGame)

What do we need to bring to the match?

⋆ We provide: Footballs, FA accredited ref, scoreboard/timer & bibs 🙏
⋆ All you need is: Shin pads and appropriate footwear (see below)

Permitted footwear at venues with rubber crumb turf (3G/4G):
⋆ Football boots/shoes with non-metal blades or non-metal studs
⋆ Hybrid ‘AG’ (Artificial Grass) boots with short rubber and plastic blades or studs [need some further info on 5 a side footwear options? Go here]
⋆ Astroturf boots or shoes
⋆ Trainers

Permitted footwear at venues with sand dressed turf (2G):
⋆ Astroturf boots or shoes
⋆ Trainers

How do we pay our team’s match fees?

⋆ We understand that when it comes to payments, teams have different preferences, so offer 4 flexible options 👊
⋆ Maximising game time is a top priority at 5aside.com – To reduce admin time on matchday, we encourage teams to prepay ⏱️
⋆ The lowest match fees in London + Our exclusive extra features = Ultimate 5 a side football!

What are the rules of 5 a side football?

⋆ 5aside.com™ rules can be found here
⋆ Our common sense rules are designed to maximise football time and keep goalkeepers involved (does your keeper fancy himself as a bit of a Pirlo?)

How much does 5 a side cost to play?

⋆ Match fees vary, but a typical cost is £8 per match per player
⋆ No joining fees or hidden costs
⋆ Just the refundable deposit (you get this back once you fulfil all your fixtures) – see more on deposits here
⋆ Our match fee structure rewards teams that pre pay rather than match day pay (so the ref is reffing and not taking payments!)
⋆ The lowest match fees in London + Our exclusive extra features = Ultimate 5 a side football!

How do the 5 a side leagues work?

⋆ Teams sign up for a season
⋆ Seasons last between 10 & 18 weeks
⋆ Teams play the same day of each week at the same venue
⋆ Teams will play every week unless they have a rest week (rest weeks only applicable in some leagues)

Can company and office teams enter the league?

⋆ Many teams have their company’s HR dept subsidise or pay team fees under ‘team building/wellbeing’ etc – Quite rightly too! (study after study shows that team sports such as 5aside football improve people’s physical and mental health- see here: https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-benefits-sports#sleep) 🙏
⋆ If you’re an office/company team, we can create an invoice for you 🙌

Is rubber crumb used on 3G pitches safe?

⋆ The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) carried out an exhaustive EU-wide study in 2016 and found no reason to advise people against playing sport on 3G pitches with rubber crumb. The advice is based on ECHA’s evaluation that there is a very low level of concern from exposure to substances found in the granules.
⋆ You can find more detail on the ECHA’s research and report here

The weather is bad – is our match on?

One of the things that has made football so enduring around the world is that you can play in all sorts of conditions. All our venues have ‘all-weather’ pitches, so your game will be on unless:

⋆ The transport network is significantly affected by weather or accident
⋆ The venue is closed due to adverse weather or other conditions

On the rare occasion that the decision to postpone a match days fixtures, your league manager will send an email out to the teams that are affected via the email address(s) we have of players/teams. Please bear in mind that the issues for postponing are often fluid situations, so decisions are only made when we can be quite sure that the issue will remain.

Do players need to wear shin pads at 5aside.com™ leagues?

The safety of our players is very important to us, so all players MUST wear shin pads/guards 🤝👍

There’s a problem on the transport network – are games on?

Players get to the venues in all sorts of ways, so an issue on your particular route will not necessarily affect others. However, there are rare occasions where it makes sense for all concerned for a match day of fixtures to be postponed. The following are examples of potential reasons for this:

⋆ There is a strike affecting the majority of the transport network
⋆ The majority of the transport network is significantly affected by weather or accident

Once a decision of a postponement has been made, your league manager will send an email out to the teams that are affected via the email address(s) we have of players/teams. Please bear in mind that the issues for postponing are often fluid situations, so decisions are only made when we can be quite sure that the issue will remain.

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