A: THE FA FIVES is a nationwide five-a-side football festival. Promoted in partnership with BBC Sport, it has been created to celebrate UEFA EURO 2020.
In its 60th anniversary year, the 2020 edition of the UEFA EUROs is being hosted across 12 nations between 12 June and 12 July 2020. Wembley Stadium is hosting seven matches in total, including the semi-finals and final.
But before the tournament kicks-off, THE FA FIVES will stage this country’s biggest and most inclusive five-a-side festival to date. Free to enter and with 15 different football categories on offer (see ‘Who can take part?’ below), it’s FOR ALL.
All FA FIVES events are open to spectators, so even if you don’t take an active part, come along to enjoy the music, food, drink and watch the action unfold.
The fun starts on Saturday/Sunday May 2 and 3 with FA FIVES’ Round One events at over 120 venues across the country. Over 5,000 teams and 35,000 participants will be looking to progress to one of the five festival-style Regional Finals on the weekend of May 30/31.
Then the big prize awaits. The regional winners will head for Wembley itself. That’s because the National Finals will be played in front of the world-famous stadium on the opening weekend of UEFA EURO 2020 (Friday 12 and Saturday 13 June).
And even if your team doesn’t make it through, you’re still a winner. That’s because everyone who plays in Round One will be in with a chance of winning UEFA EURO 2020 tickets for an England group game at Wembley Stadium. Get in!
A: THE FA FIVES is run by The FA and promoted in partnership with BBC Sport. It’s funded by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport through Sport England.
The FA is working with Limelight Sports and all the host venues to give players and spectators the best-possible experience.
Everyone! With 15 football categories (see below), THE FA FIVES is open to anyone to take part in squads of up to seven players.
- Adult Male (16+)
- Adult Female (16+)
- Male Veterans (35+)
- Female Veterans (35+)
- Adult Male Disability League (16+)
- Adult Male Disability Premiership (16+)
- Adult Male Disability Championship (16+)
- Adult Female Disability (16+)
- U14 male
- U14 female
- U16 male
- U16 female
- Youth disability (11 to 16)
- Female Walking Football (40+)
- Walking Football Mixed (50+)
Please follow the link below to read our terms and conditions to make sure you are eligible:Read terms and conditions
|Wednesday 4 March
||- Team and individual sign-up opens|
|Thursday 23 April
||- Sign-up closes (midnight)|
|Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 May
||- Round One|
|Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 May
||- Regional Finals|
|Friday 12 & Saturday 13 June
||- National Finals|
Follow the link below:Sign up to THE FA FIVES
Search for an event to play in and complete the sign-up process. Easy.
The number of spaces at each venue and in each category is limited, therefore sign-up is first-come-first-served and closes at midnight on Thursday 23 April 2020 – appropriately St. George’s Day
A: No! THE FA FIVES is free to enter.
A: Yes! THE FA FIVES is for everyone.
If you don’t have a team, sign up as an individual and we will do our best to place you in a team with other individual players or with an existing team that needs additional player(s).
Follow the link below, find your nearest Round One event and choose ‘Individual’ from the dropdown menu:Sign up to THE FA FIVES
Yes, you can. If you are currently involved within football, sign up below:Sign up to THE FA FIVES
If you are new to football and wish to take part, please call us on 0845 680 9004 or contact us below:Email us
Ensure to contact us with the following details: name, contact details, postcode, details of your disability. We will then get back to you with next steps.
For more information on getting involved with disability football, follow the link below:
For more information on getting involved with disability football, follow the link below:
Walking football is a slower-paced version of traditional five-a-side football and is for everyone, regardless of health and ability.
Walking football is growing in popularity all the time. It’s attracting many people back into football because it combines health and fitness benefits with a fun and enjoyment.
In THE FA FIVES, there are walking football tournaments for the over-50s in the mixed (male/female) category and over-40s in the female-only category.
For more information about walking football, follow the link below:
A: The female walking football category is exclusively for women aged 40+. The mixed walking football category is for both men and women aged 50+. Mixed walking football teams can be made up of any split of men or women. There is no minimum requirement of either to field a team
THE FA FIVES’ Regional Finals will take place at five venues across the country on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May 2020. The specific locations will be announced in March.
|North East England
|North West England
|| Rugby, Warwickshire
|South West England
|| Yeovil, Somerset
|South East England
|| Elmbridge, Surrey
A: Within Wembley Park, the precincts immediately outside the world-famous Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena. So the stadium will provide a fitting backdrop to the culmination of the national festival.
The National Finals take place on the opening weekend of UEFA EURO 2020 on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 June 2020.
A: All matches – whether in Round One, or the Regional Finals – will be played on either grass or artificial grass 3G pitches. Please contact your venue directly or email us via the link below for details. The matches at the National Finals will all be played on artificial grass pitches.
A: Most venues have parking available on site. Please contact the venue directly for more information. The contact details for your venue will be on the venue’s event page after you’ve signed-up. If you’re lucky enough to make it to the Regional Finals or Nationals, we’ll let you know nearer the time about parking availability.
A: Yes, we really want spectators to come along and join in the festival. And by using #FAFIVES, everyone can follow and join the online conversation.
A: The number of teams participating at each Round One venue will vary. To find out more about team numbers per venue, please contact your venue directly.
A: The number and duration of games will vary, depending on the number of teams entered in your chosen category and venue. The aim is for every team to play a minimum 40 minutes’ football in Round One.
A: The format will be group games, leading to a knockout stage. The knockout stage will determine an overall winner to progress to the Regional Finals. In some categories the number of teams who will progress to the Regional Finals may be more than one.
A: Before Round One you can build a squad of up to 20 registered players. As Round One approaches you’ll have to narrow down your squad to an active team, with a minimum of five and maximum seven players.
Every player in your final squad must register their full details an hour before your Round One event. This will also make your team eligible for the UEFA EURO 2020 ticket ballot.
After Round One, up to two team members of your squad can be changed up to an hour before the Regional Finals. Teams competing in the National Finals must be made up of a minimum of five players who have played in your team at the Regional Finals.
All squad and team requirements can be found in the participant terms and conditions.
A: No, you don’t all need the same kit. Bibs will be distributed to distinguish teams if required. All that is required is that players, including goalkeepers, must wear shinpads and appropriate footwear for the surface
A: Football boots with moulded soles or astroturf trainers are permitted on 3G artificial surfaces. Team members will only be permitted to wear football boots with blades or non-moulded studs when playing on grass pitches. Please contact your Event Host if you’re not sure whether you’ll be playing on 3G artificial or grass pitches.
A: No, this five-a-side festival is for amateurs only. Please see our participant terms and conditions for more information on eligibility criteria.
A: Firstly, we want to emphasise that fun is the focus throughout THE FA FIVES, but we understand it will get more competitive as it progresses.
However, there are prizes available at every stage, as well as a number of surprises on the way.
- Round One participants: Every team that enters THE FA FIVES and participates in a Round One event will be entered into a ballot to win tickets to England’s UEFA EURO 2020 opening game against Croatia on Sunday June 14 at Wembley Stadium. See our participant terms and conditions for more information on the number of tickets available per team
- Regional Final winners: The winning team in each category at each Regional Final will go on to represent their Region at THE FA FIVES National Finals. In addition, each team member will receive one invitation as a guest of The FA and BBC to the UEFA EURO 2020 launch party and screening at Boxpark Wembley on the evening of Friday June 12. All National Finalist Teams will also be eligible for entry (one ticket per team member) to the official UEFA EURO 2020 London Fan Zone and screening of England’s UEFA EURO 2020 opening match versus Croatia in London on Sunday June 14 in Greenwich Park, unless they are crowned overall winner of their category. If so, the prize below applies
- National Final winners: The winning team in each category at the National Finals will win tickets to England’s UEFA EURO 2020 opening game against Croatia on Sunday June 14 at Wembley StadiumAll prizes are non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and not redeemable for cash or other prizes. Please see full participant terms and conditions for more information
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