About 5-a-side Soccer

So what exactly is 5-a-side soccer?

Well, the objective is the same as the traditional game: Put the ball in the back of your opponent’s goal!
5-a-side is just a smaller version of the world’s great game that allows more individual ball time and
continuous play at a fast and exciting pace. Suitable and challenging for the most experienced player, yet
just as fun for the beginner.

Playing Field

The Soccer Lot will be using an innovative portable, boarded field (we call it The Street Stadia). The field is about the size of a basketball ball court (90ft x 60ft). The rebound boards keep the game in continuous play which allows for a quicker, more exciting game. The goals are shorter and longer (4ft x 12ft) and an area immediately in front of the goal is exclusive to the goal keeper with no outfield players allowed to enter.

Teams

Each team has 4 field players and one dedicated goalie. Teams are allows "rolling" substitutions (just like indoor soccer)

Rules

The basic rules of the game are the same as regular soccer, with the main objective to put the ball in the back of your opponent's goal. 5-a-side soccer uses the same ball that you are use to playing with in the regular game and the games can last between 30 – 60 minutes long. What makes the rules in 5-a-side really unique is the "head height" rule, where the ball must remain below the player's head during the game.

The Benefits

The basic rules of the game are the same as regular soccer, with the main objective to put the ball in the back of your opponent's goal. 5-a-side soccer uses the same ball that you are used to playing with in the regular game and the games can last between 40 – 60 minutes long. What makes the rules in 5-a-side really unique is the "head height" rule, where the ball must remain below the player's head during the game. Additionally, an area immediately in front of the goal is exclusive to the goalkeeper with no outfield players allowed to enter.


5-A-Side Soccer FAQs

What is 5-a-side Soccer?

It's small sided soccer played with only 5 people per team. "Small" because it’s played on smaller fields- about a quarter the size of official outdoor pitch, "sided" because the perimeter of the field has rebound boards. It's a fast-paced, high scoring brand of soccer that gives each player more ball time and ultimate satisfaction and because of that, has become the most popular form of soccer ("football") in the UK among the common folk up to the likes of Wayne Rooney of the English national team.

Is 5-a-side Soccer the same as Futsal?

No, Futsal is Futsal. Although there are some similarities and the term 5-a-side is sometimes used to describe Futsal, it is NOT the same. Futsal uses a smaller, heavier ball, is played on a hard court, and does not have dasher boards. At The Soccer Lot, you will be playing with the same ball that you are use to playing with (a regular size 5 ball) and the field will be surrounded by dasher boards to keep the ball in continuous play. When the facility is complete, games will be played on state-of-the art synthetic turf, rather than a hard court.

What type/size ball is used?

We use the traditional, regulation-size ball that you are used to playing with.

What is the size of field is 5-a-side played on?

At The Soccer Lot, games will be played on a field about the size of a basketball court or approximately 90ft x 60ft.

Where did 5-a-side come from?

Streets, neighborhoods, playgrounds: its pickup soccer, formalized. But in organized form, it has taken the United Kingdom by storm and is quickly making inroads into the U.S. As far as small-sided games, soccer nations such as the United Kingdom, Holland, Germany , France , Brazil , and Argentina have long incorporated small sided games into their youth development programs and professional training because of the strong benefit to player development. The United States Soccer Federation has also recently begun to aggressively endorsing the use of small sided games into youth leagues and training.

Does The Soccer Lot offer pick-up games?

Yes, we are very excited to offer area players the opportunity to play organize your own games between friends or drop in to check out the area competition. Sign-up to be notified when pick-up games start.

When do league games start?

Dates are pending! Sign-up to be notified when league sign-ups begin. But why wait!?! Come out a visit in one of our 5-a-side Showcases or Sign up for our 5-a-side challenge tournament.

How is 5-a-side beneficial to experienced players?

In 5-a-side, technique is king! Why technique? Because in a game where one-on-ones and quick passes are fast and frequent; every player attacks and defends.

What if I have never played soccer before or have limited experience?

5-a-side is an excellent entry into the sport as it gives you more time with the ball, there’s more action, it’s fun, a great way to get into shape, and it’s a blast to play. But, even if you are not that into soccer, 5-a- side is a great way to rekindle that competitive spirit or spend time with your friends.

Where is The Soccer Lot located?

One of the great things about The Soccer Lot is our portable, boarded field (we call it the Street Stadia). This gives us the flexibility to bring the game to an area near you and we will be hosting pick-up games, leagues, and tournaments throughout the metro area.

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