A small-sided game of football

Small Sided Football

Play 5, 6 or 7-a-side football in Lancashire

There are nearly 30,000 small sided teams playing across the country - and this significant figure is continuing to grow and expand at a rapid rate.

Small sided football is identified in the National Game Strategy as one of The FA’s key growth targets for adult football.

The popularity of this format of football is a reaction to changing work and leisure patterns and a move towards ‘pay and play’ football.

Lancashire 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'.

Just as with 11-a-side football, all small sided teams and leagues must be affiliated to Lancashire FA to reap the benefits on offer.

Affiliation for small sided football is via a ‘slot’ system, which is equal to one team.

There are 24 small sided leagues in Lancashire, with 533 slots overall.

Get In Touch

Andrea Gratton
Football Services Officer
E: andrea.gratton@lancashirefa.com

Lewis Smith
Football Services Officer
E: lewis.smith@lancashirefa.com

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Accross 7s Accrington
Stanley Soccer League Accrington 
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust  Blackburn 
Bolton Arena  Bolton
PSL Soccer Leagues Burnley 
Poolfoot Farm (Fleetwood Town FC)  Fleetwood 
Hesketh Bank AFC Hesketh Bank 
Leigh Sports Village Leigh 
LFA County 6ixes  Leyland 
Greater Manchester Walking Football League Manchester 
Oldham Community Leisure  Oldham
Soccer Gods (Ashton Community College) Preston
UCLan Challenge League Preston 
Whitlock League Preston 
JMO Sports Park  Skelmersdale
Lancaster University Students Union 6-a-side Students-only league
Soccer Zone Warrington

small sided football faqs

Complete Form D (Application for Sanction of a Small Sided Football Competition) and email it to Tim Tack.

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Complete the Small Sided League Registration Form and email it to Tim Tack.

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We have a helpful guide which explains the slot system as well as the process of affiliation in small sided football.

Download Guide

The FA have put together a helpful guide regarding the Laws of the Game in small sided football.

Download Guide

County 6ixes

Fancy your chances against Tekkerslovakia FC? Think you could get the better of Real SoSoBad?

The Lancashire FA County 6ixes League has a number of slots available for teams to take part in six-a-side football every Thursday.

Taking place at the County Ground, County 6ixes games last 40 minutes and are officiated by FA qualified and registered match officials.

It costs £24 per team each week.

All equipment, such as match bibs and balls, are provided, and there are prizes available for league winners and runners-up, including Nike kit vouchers and free weeks of participation in the following season.

League Administrator Darren Swarbrick said: "Our County 6ixes League allows players of all abilities to get together with friends and play six-a-side football in a fun and friendly environment.

"They will be playing on an FA-approved small-sided 3G pitch and taking advantage of the fantastic facilities provided by Lancashire FA.

"With prizes on offer for the top two teams, the league is a competitive one and we would love to welcome new teams to take part."

View league tables, fixtures and results

Get In Touch

Darren Swarbrick

County 6ixes Administrator

01772 644266


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