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Anyone play 5 or 6 a side here. I was inspired by the futsal thread to create this for those in countries where futsal isn't popular such as the UK. I played weekly for about a year but haven't played in a while cos I'm at uni.
 

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I prefer this to the the full game. Only because you are involved a lot more. I've been trying to play for the last two years.

At one point during 2005 I was playing two hour long games each week, till I got injured :frown:. Started back again this summer and only managed 4 weeks when I got injured again.
 

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Yes, play 5 a side but not as much anymore (once a week)...used to play 3 times a week along with training and 11 a side games.

Good fun, improves your touch and brings on fitness. We have the new synthetic pitches (rubber/artificial grass) where you can wear moulds or blades...doesnt cause skin burn anywhere near as bad as normal astro turf.
 

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Aye, its knackering. I play on synthetic pitches too, at Platt Lane (City's academy), and I play in goal, which is fun, because I've got to watch out constantly unlike 11 a side when we'd dominate matches and I'd have nothing to do. I cannot come out of the box which is frustrating, but I've learned to pick out passes from the box. Shot-stopping is my strength, so I prefer 5 a side.
 

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Yeah I play every week in a 6-a-side league. Nothing too serious, just a bit of fun and to hopefully keep me fit.
 

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Sort of, basically a 5 a side pitch is a shortened and narrowed football pitch with nets of varying heights (I play in 5'x8' nets, but others are 3'6 x 12') with a "D" shaped box of about 8 yards long. The pitch is surrounded by boards of about chest height (theres a no over head height rule), and if a shot goes wide it hits them and bounces off, same along the sides, so theres no throw ins. Its continuous play. Also free-kicks have a one-yard distance rule, where you can block the ball from a yard away. Keepers may not leave the area, and players may not enter the area.
 

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Sort of, basically a 5 a side pitch is a shortened and narrowed football pitch with nets of varying heights (I play in 5'x8' nets, but others are 3'6 x 12') with a "D" shaped box of about 8 yards long. The pitch is surrounded by boards of about chest height (theres a no over head height rule), and if a shot goes wide it hits them and bounces off, same along the sides, so theres no throw ins. Its continuous play. Also free-kicks have a one-yard distance rule, where you can block the ball from a yard away. Keepers may not leave the area, and players may not enter the area.
Hmm, I see. Seems fun. I think it's quite like MISL indoor soccer.
 

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I play 7-8 a side on half a full size pitch, played from side to side if you get me. It's good fun and does keep you fit. Although now that it's dark I tend to get worse because I havn't got contacts (I wear glasses) so I do have problems seeing team-mates at times.

I just love to play quick incisive 1-2's and playing people in. It can be so satisfying when you play a peach of a pass, even more satisfying tha scoring in my view.

I tend to play with older guys though which is a shame (25-40 roughly) so the pace isn't exactly hard going. I'd prefer to play more often with people more my age (21) but hey, what can you do.
 

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I play at my mate's cousin's solicitors firm, and we split into the same two teams every week, so its quite competitive and theres rivalry. Its traditionally 5 or 6 a side depending on who turned up, with me (18), my mate (18), his dad (40ish), his cousin (30), two other lads (21 and 24). We played against blokes of between 35-40, plus one or two 25 year olds, who had played together for years. We have pace but they have experience and know each others' games inside out. It was quite interesting. Incidentally one of the players is Steve Williams, who is an insolvency lawyer, and was in charge of Wrexham's administrators, and therefore was acting chairman at the club for a while, there was even a piece about him and wrexham in FourFourTwo magazine
 

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The Green One said:
Sort of, basically a 5 a side pitch is a shortened and narrowed football pitch with nets of varying heights (I play in 5'x8' nets, but others are 3'6 x 12') with a "D" shaped box of about 8 yards long. The pitch is surrounded by boards of about chest height (theres a no over head height rule), and if a shot goes wide it hits them and bounces off, same along the sides, so theres no throw ins. Its continuous play. Also free-kicks have a one-yard distance rule, where you can block the ball from a yard away. Keepers may not leave the area, and players may not enter the area.
This is what I play in Australia but we call it rebound football or indoor football.
 
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