Small Sided

Small sided football is on the rise. With more major league providers and competitions for recreational and competition purposes – more and more people from different walks of life and age groups are getting involved.

Eleven-a-side football will always be the overwhelming concern of The FA but we are also aware that football participation is changing. Recent years have seen a significant growth in the numbers of people playing Small Sided Football for fun, recreation, socialising and of course competition.The popularity of this format of football is a reaction to changing work and leisure patterns and a move towards ‘pay and play’ football.

As per 11 a side football, all small sided teams and leagues must be affiliated to their County FA to reap the benefits that can be offered. Affiliation for Small Sided Football is only slightly different than that of club affiliation, namely in the price.The affiliation fee for each team is currently £5 per 1 year season and this fee is payable from the league therefore clubs / teams do not have to worry about this.

The benefits of affiliation include:

• Support from Cumberland FA 
• Use of registered Referees
• Access to The FA national competition structure
• Access to Small Sided Football Accreditation
• Contacts with all local leagues, clubs and players
• Promotion via our website

Information on Small Sided Leagues affiliated to Cumberland FA are below:

Astro Soccer Sixes    Contact: Billy Rafferty

New for 2014/15 is the Astro Soccer Sixes competition starting in Brampton.
Contact for details on entering a team in the NEW LEAGUE.

CLL 6-A-Side    Contact: The Sheepmount

Penrith Leisure Centre 6-a-side    Contact: Jon Lewthwaite

Futsal has grown from strength to strength in the County, with Carlisle Futsal Club now playing in The FA National League.     Contact: Allan Tindall


The Women's football offer from Cumberland FA involves some small sided opportunties, please contact Jess Lawson for more details.

Click HERE for details on the next Women's Fives Event.

For more information on Small Sided football, please contact Helen Aitchison on 01900 872310 or email


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