Goals clubs across the country have seen a significant and sustained rise in girls and women playing a regular game of five-a-side, which is great news for anyone who chooses to join the sport. Five-a-side football is one of the best forms of exercise you can be involved in. It’s not only one of the most popular sports in the UK, it is also one of the most accessible.

If you would like to sign up for a women’s league today at your local Goals, you can take advantage of a free trial game to find out more. Goals support efforts to double participation levels in girls and women playing football and 5-a-sides by 2020. With the expansion of Women’s Leagues and Women’s Tournaments across our clubs, we are well on the way to diversifying the game and spreading the word about the benefits of the beautiful game.

Whether you prefer five-a-side or a game of sevens, you’re an occasional player or a regular competitor, you will receive a warm welcome and access to the best of facilities at Goals.

Growth for Women’s Football

The future for women’s football is brighter than ever. It’s not just more participation at the grassroots of the sport, the FA Women’s Super League has also continued to grow and last year saw a record growth in attendances across the top divisions. Meanwhile, professional teams across the UK continue to establish women’s football teams. Televised international football events have helped put the focus on the increased participation and enhance the profile of the game.

Benefits of Playing Five-a-Side Football

A report from the BBC last year  confirmed that playing football helps increase teenage girls’ self-confidence more than other sports. The research, commissioned by UEFA, emphasised the advantages of playing football, and encouraged efforts to make football the number one sport for girls across Europe.

Playing five-a-side women’s football will lead to health benefits no matter what stage of life you are at. It’s also a great way to build new friendships, relax and have fun as a group.

Women who play football will find that the movements involved in playing the game will help burn fat better than running or cycling and will improve coordination and muscle mass. There’s also the benefits of increased cardiovascular health and reduced stress levels.

Gameplan for Growth

The FA are actively working to support women’s football and five-a-side football is a big part of this initiative. There are also ambitions to stage a major international tournament in the coming years to inspire the next generation of players.

Goals is an enthusiastic supporter of local girl-friendly football programmes and women’s leagues. If you feel like this could be the sport with you and want to join the growing trend, visit your local Goals centre and talk to our staff about the easiest way for you to enjoy a game.