Small Sided Football and Futsal

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Small Sided Football is the most popular and fastest growing area of adult football. With over 1.5m adults playing Small Sided Football every week and with 30,000 teams playing in organised and competitive small sided leagues, this format of football has increasingly become an integral part of the football family.

Oxfordshire FA recognises the important role that Small Sided Football plays in encouraging people to continue playing football and enjoying all aspects of the ‘beautiful game.’

Wherever you are around the county, the chances are that there is an opportunity to play Small Sided Football on your doorstep. This could come in all shapes and sizes from a large custom-built Small Sided Football facility with multiple pitches, to an indoor sports halls configured for Futsal, or even to an 11-a-side pitch temporarily split into smaller pitches.

If you are interested in creating your own small sided league please take a look at the support and guidance available from Oxfordshire FA:

Membership and Benefits

Organisers Guide to Affiliation

There are also a whole host of operators and providers that provide Small Sided Football opportunities, just do make sure that when you play in organised small sided leagues that they are appropriately affiliated to The FA.  Below is a list of affiliated providers who deliver a number of small sided leagues across Oxfordshire:

• Powerplay
• Soccer Sixes
• Champion Soccer


Futsal is FIFA and UEFAs recognised format of 5-a-side football and in recent years has been embraced by The Football Association.  FIFA claim that it is the fastest growing indoor sport in the world, and is immensely popular outside of the UK.  Futsal has played an important role in the technical development of some of the world’s leading football players; Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kaka, Xavi, Ronaldinho to name just a few all played Futsal as they grew up and developed into world beaters. 

Futsal is a format of 5-a-side football that is played indoors with a smaller, heavier ball.  The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces. The number of differences to our traditional version of small sided football, such as the absence of rebound boards and amendments in the laws help to encourage and foster skilful, creative play above the physical contact that tends to be a feature of English five-a-side.

The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.

"Futsal was important in helping to develop my ball control, quick thinking, passing….also for dribbling, balance, concentration…. Futsal was very, very important, no doubt." Pele, World Cup Winner.

The FA are keen to harness the benefits of this game and introduce it to benefit the technical development of English players.  Futsal is being played widely in schools, colleges and universities across the country, and The FA has established an adult National Futsal League and an England senior men’s Futsal team that plays in European and World Cups.

Futsal Opportunities in Oxfordshire

Many existing clubs and leagues incorporate Futsal into their winter training schedule or fixture programme.  However, there are a few clubs that uniquely offer Futsal training throughout the year and play in either a structured league or attend regular Futsal competitions.

Oxford City Lions Futsal Club (Adult Team) – Enrique Guillen -

Oxford Futsal Club (Adult Team) – Craig Adey -

Both adult teams play in the FA National Futsal League

FC Bicester (Youth Teams) – Eddie Duggan -

Witney Futsal Club (Youth Teams) – Graham Eadle -

For further information about Small Sided Football or Futsal please contact James Shiplee on 01993 894403.

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