THE FA FIVES is about to kick off
With 100 days to go until the start of UEFA EURO 2020, five-a-side teams from across England can now register to play in THE FA FIVES competition.
The FIVES is a nationwide five-a-side football festival which is set to captivate the nation ahead of this summer’s European Championships.
Funded by the Government via Sport England and promoted in partnership with BBC Sport, THE FA FIVES will be the nation’s largest and most inclusive five-a-side football event to date.
More than 5,000 teams and up to 50,000 participants are expected to register a team into one of the 15 categories on offer, which include U14, U16, adult, veteran, disability and walking football provisions for both male and female players. Events are set to take place at over 120 venues across the country, providing an opportunity for 1,000s of people to get involved.
The fun kicks off with the first rounds between 2-3 May, with teams looking to progress to one of five festival-style Regional Final events on the weekend of 30-31 May. THE FA FIVES will reach its climax with a very special National Finals weekend, played against the backdrop of the iconic Wembley Stadium on 12 and 13 June – the same weekend that UEFA EURO 2020 gets underway in Rome.
And The FA are working with Rio Ferdinand, England’s ambassador for UEFA EURO 2020, to get as many teams across the country registered for the event before the sign-up period closes on Thursday 23 April.
“If having the chance to watch England on home soil this summer wasn’t exciting enough, people all over the country can now dust off their boots and get involved in a football festival of their own,” said Ferdinand.
“It’s great to support such an inclusive initiative – one that’s completely free to enter and has provision for so many different people, regardless of their ability or background. With just 100 days to go until it all kicks off in Rome, there’s really no better time to give football a go.”
Head of tournament delivery, Chris Bryant, added: “For Wembley Stadium to host seven games at UEFA EURO 2020 is a real privilege, but also an extremely exciting prospect for the whole country.
“We’re delighted to also be able to deliver this inclusive event giving people of all abilities the chance to be part of it – whether that be playing for the first time at a round one event or supporting friends and family at a Regional Final. We’re grateful to our partners and stakeholders for their support in delivering THE FA FIVES and look forward to watching the fun unfold this summer.”
The 15 categories in the FA FIVES are as follows: Adult Male (aged 16+),Adult Female (16+), Male Veterans (35+), Female Veterans (35+), Female Walking Football (40+), Walking Football Mixed (50+) . Adult Male Disability League (16+), Adult Male Disability Premiership (16+), Adult Male Disability Championship (16+), Adult Female Disability (16+), Youth disability (11 to 16), U14 male, U14 female, U16 male, U16 female