5-a-side London football leagues 5aside.com Ultimate

FAQs | Info

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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” 🤙
  • Yes, all our leagues are FA affiliated 🏆
  • 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 🏆

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 🙏

  • 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 🏆
  • Results, scorers 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! 🏆
  • If you want to a join team or find a game tap here
  • 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 👌
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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

👍We understand that when it comes to payments, teams will have different preferences – So offer 4 flexible options for teams to pay their match fees (below)

OptionWhenHow
SEASON PREPAYPre-pay the full season in advancePay online
HALF SEASON PREPAYPre-pay in advance and half way through half the seasonPay using automated Direct Debit
WEEKLY PAYPay once a weekPay using automated Direct Debit
MATCHDAY PAYPay the ref after your matchPay using contactless payment (all cards & mobile payments accepted)

The lowest match fees in London + Our exclusive extra features = Ultimate 5 a side football!

  • Ultimate5aside 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?)
  • Match fees vary, but a typical cost is £8 per match per player – see more on match fees here 
  • 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!

  • 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)
  • 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 🙌
  • 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

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.

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

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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