5s came alive in
September 2018

3 pals who felt the pain shared by many small–sided football league goers, opened their gates to their first league at Hove Park on September 30th, 2018. Jake, Charlie and Louis had played in and been involved in football for over 15 years each, having played in a 11-a-side and 5-a-side teams since they were kids.

Growing up, they were frustrated with the standard of football leagues across the county, through things like high fees, poor equipment, substandard refs and a general lack of organisation, so they decided to take it give it a pop themselves and try to create something more enjoyable.

Their concept became reality when the first league Kicked Off in September 2018 and within the first 18 months of launch the team grew to 3 other locations in Sussex and even introduced a Women’s league.

As Covid hit the UK and 5-a-side football was forced to close, Louis and Charlie decided to focus on other ventures leaving Jake fully in the driving seat. When the pandemic settled and football commenced, the demand to get playing again was incredible. Now focussing fully on the league, Jake relaunched the 4 leagues already running, whilst building up his day to day workforce and quickly launched 3 new leagues to accommodate the interest.

Team 5s have since gone from strength to strength, solidifying themselves as the biggest 5aside football league in Sussex, offering a choice 7 leagues to over 100 teams playing weekly. 5s are constantly looking for feedback from their teams, and are constantly looking for ways to improve and keep everyone happy and enjoying the league. In addition to the effort the team make to provide top draw organisation, all players benefit from having their matches recorded and selected leagues offer cash prizes each season.

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football for all

Football is not exclusive, it’s for anyone and everyone. For all.

Nearly 12 million people play football in England and although not all of these people are playing at a 5s league, we want to do what we can to give everyone the same opportunity to get involved in the worlds most popular sport.

A key aim at 5s is creating enough leagues to suit everybody, so regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and ability we’re here to help you get playing.

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Football as a Force for Good

5s works in partnership with Alive and Kicking, the world’s only not for profit ball manufacturer. The charity creates a happier, healthier more accessible society by producing a football like no other – creating hundreds of jobs for adults from disadvantaged communities and giving thousands of young people access to sport and vital health education.

Every 5s game you play helps to support the communities in which AK works. Our monthly donations ensure the charity can strengthen their impact and our regular events will give you the opportunity to find out more about the partnership and the difference you are making. Click below if you’d like to find out more about their work.

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