If you are thinking about getting into shape and would like a new fitness plan but hate going to the gym, then you should consider playing 5-a-side football instead. It’s a great way to get fit in a fun way, in fact, you hardly feel like you are working out at all, so why not give it bash?

Here is a quick guide on how to set up your own team, where to play, and how it’ll benefit your life tremendously once you get started.

Ok, so I like this idea of playing five a side football, where do I begin?

First of all, it’s not hard trying to find a group of eager players or a venue to play at because it’s actually one of the most played sports in the country. Some people choose to play because they like competing in tournaments whereas others just do it for fun or to socialise, a bit like a hobby. Whatever your needs, here’s how to get going:

Get vocal

Usually, it is much more fun to play football with your mates rather than with strangers, so spread the word, start by talking about it to friends, family and work colleagues, and see if anyone else is keen to start a team.

Or maybe one of them might already be playing on a 5-a-side team that is needing an extra player. You might actually be the solution to their problem, and it will allow you to start playing right away.

Keep it local

Nobody wants to travel far, especially if you’ve been at work all day! Keep the venue local so that it’s within easy reach to all players and chances are it’ll be more successful. You may have to discuss what players regard as ‘suitable’ before you begin, to ensure it’s a fair distance for all players!

But finding a suitable venue doesn’t have to be difficult, with two all-weather venues located both on the North & South of Dublin, Astropark is everybody’s top 5-a-side football venue of choice.

Organise dates/times

Generally, people most likely work during the daytimes, so it’s going to be challenging to arrange playing times during working hours, except maybe during lunchtime if you all work together, but evenings and weekends could be suitable options for many. Once you have interest in joining the team, it’s better to pronounce times and dates now rather than later so that it enables you to create a reliable team regularly.

At the end of it all, if you choose to spend your precious leisure time playing 5-a-side, make sure you are going to enjoy it! By spending a little bit of time planning and deciding what’s going to work best for you and your team, everything will run a lot smoother, and you will get the most out of it.

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