Where to play football near me
20 September 2019 • By - Harry Thompson
Playfinder, the UK’s leading search and booking portal for recreational sports, have a mission to make it easier for everyone to play sports. Operating across the UK and Dublin, Playfinder are partnered with an array of venues to help facilitate this mission – with 19 different sports available to play.
This blog will focus on just one of those 19 sports, football. A hugely popular game played by people of all ages and abilities around the world. Playfinder are partnered with a number of superb football venues across the UK ranging from rooftop pitches to urban indoor pitches, all for your enjoyment. Find out just some of the great places to football near you by reading below.
Where to play football in London
There are a vast amount of football pitches to hire in London, with few getting the exposure they richly deserve. Playfinder not only aim to help more people access sport, but also increase utilisation of facilities as a result. We work with over 2000 football pitches in the capital alone, making the most of Greater London’s 47% ‘green space’. With London’s bustling and urban outlook, it may be easy to overlook just how many football pitches there are. A Playfinder favourite – located just around the corner from our Head Office in Fitzrovia – is Warren Sports Pitch (pictured below). The 5-a-side pitch available to hire is the perfect example of a football venue that many may be unaware of.
Outside of Fitzrovia, there are many great football pitches available to hire. The likes of Marlborough Sports Garden – situated close to London Bridge station – offers a high-quality 3G pitch, but is a unique place for a kick-about with The Shard overlooking the venue, definitely one to experience. From Borough to Battersea, one scenic pitch to another. Powerleague Nine Elms has both 5-a-side and 7-a-side football pitches available to hire, with views overlooking Battersea Park and the famous power-station. In contrast the Calthorpe Project has the feel of one of London’s most urban venues. Located nearby to King’s Cross Station, the 5-a-side pitch is available to hire displays some stunning wall art which should be experienced. With over 2000 pitches, we couldn’t possibly credit them all, but check out what football pitches are available to hire in London near you by clicking here.
Where to play football in Manchester
Manchester and football go hand-in-hand. Renowned for its world famous footballing duo – Man City and Man Utd – the sport is both played and supported with extreme passion within the city. This passion is reflected in the amount of football pitches available to hire in Manchester, facilitating 5-a-side, 7-a-side and 11-a-side matches. If you’re looking for one of the best football facilities in the city, look no further than the Manchester Central (Ardwick) Powerleague venue. Located close to Ardwick station, the venue boasts excellent 5-a-side and 7-a-side 3G astroturf pitches which are superb.
Other football pitches in Manchester available to hire include Goals Manchester, a venue that always delivers quality 3G astroturf pitches. During the dark and cold winter months, you may fancy playing indoor 5-a-side football. Oasis Academy in Salford contains an excellent indoor pitch available to hire which is always kept in top condition. To browse all the football pitches available to hire in Manchester click here.
Where to play football in Brighton
Football in Brighton is as popular as it’s ever been, with Brighton and Hove Albion flying the flag in the Premier League. For years the club had been lingering in the lower divisions of the football league, so it is great to see the impact the Seagulls success has had on the local community. BACA (Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, pictured below) is located just a short walk away from Falmer station and Brighton’s home football ground. The academy boasts a superb 11-a-side 3G football pitch to hire, which is regarded as one of the best pitches in Brighton. If you’re looking for a smaller sided game, a 7-a-side 3G pitch is also available to hire.
Perhaps you want to recreate a Brighton Premier League game and play on the grass surfaces? No problem. The multi-purpose academy contains both an 11-a-side grass pitch to hire and a 9-a-side grass pitch to hire. To top things off, if there’s a bit of adverse weather on the south-coast then you have the option to hire a 5-a-side indoor pitch, what more could you ask for? If getting to Falmer is a little out of your way, then do check out the PlayFootball Brighton facility which offers a superb 6-a-side pitch for you and your mates to get down and play after work! Check out where to play football in Brighton by clicking here.
Where to play football in Luton
The large town of Luton, based just north of London, is going from strength to strength is terms of sporting pedigree. The town is seeing a huge amount of investment being pumped into redeveloping Luton during a #SaveOurTown campaign. In 2012, a new state-of-the-art facility opened – the Inspire Luton Sports Village. The venue is used a multi-purpose sports arena with a superb 5-a-side indoor pitch available to hire. If you’re looking for a kick-about outside with your friends, look no further than PlayFootball Luton (pictured below). The venue boasts both 5-a-side and 7-a-side pitches available to hire, which are quality 3G astroturf surfaces.
The venue is located just a 10-minute drive north of Luton station, making it a convenient location for a post-work kick-about! If you’re looking for an 11-a-side football pitch in Luton, Playfinder have you covered. Stockwood Park Academy boasts some of the best football facilities around so do check out the 3G astroturf pitch which facilitates 5-a-side, 7-a-side and 11-a-side matches. To browse all football pitches available to hire in Luton please click here.
Where to play football (Rest of the UK)
Playfinder don’t only offer football in these select cities but all throughout the UK. If you’re looking to play the beautiful game with your mates in the regions of Bedford, which has a number of superb venues, as do Newcastle, Blackpool, Leicester, of Liverpool, Swindon, Glasgow, Edinburgh and many more. Click here to find your local football facility.
Where to play football in Dublin
Dublin has long been a proud sporting city. For a relatively small population, the level of interest in sport, and amount of high quality sporting facilities available, is staggering. Whilst Gaelic football and rugby rival football in the city, there are still a number of superb 11-a-side and 5-a-side pitches available to hire in Dublin. If you’re looking to play football at one of the finest facilities in the whole of the Ireland, not just the capital, then check out the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown – offering immaculate 3G astroturf football pitches. The campus is home to Irish sports development and is sure to leave you eager to return.
Ballymun United Soccer Complex is another fine footballing facility in Dublin. With 5-a-side and 7-a-side 3G astroturf pitches available to book online, you are catered for the smaller sided matches. If you’ve got 22 or more people for a kick-about, then make use of the faultless 11-a-side grass football pitch. Corduff Sports Centre (Blanchardstown), Inspire Fitness Centre (Cabra) and the Dublin Indoor Football centre (Dublin9) all offer fantastic pitches so check them out! To view all football pitches available to book in Dublin please click here.
If you’re interested in finding out any further information regarding your nearest venue, please visit the Playfinder website.