Football in London
Football pitches are available to hire across London and there is something for football teams of all sizes. We have pitches suitable for 5 a-side, 7 a-side and 11 a-side, as well as 6 a-side and 8 a-side too. You can also choose from a variety of pitch surfaces such as artificial, 3G astroturf, grass and indoor.
The pitches are located at state-of-the-art sports venues with numerous facilities that include floodlights, changing rooms, parking spaces, and the option to pay as you play. Football teams wishing to play regularly throughout the season are encouraged to enquire about block booking their football pitch to guarantee they can enjoy a match every week. If it's an after-work football match then you can book on a one-off basis as well.
After reading about the wonderful football pitches London has to offer, you must be wondering where some of these facilities are located. Below we list some of the best football pitches and leagues in London.
Top 5 a side football pitches in London
Three Corners Adventure Playground is located in Islington and has a fantastic 3G astroturf pitch, complete with changing rooms and floodlights. The nearest station is Angel and the pitch can be booked instantly using our online calendar.
New River Sport and Fitness, based in Haringey, has ten floodlit 3G astroturf pitches making it the ideal venue for football lovers in North London. The nearest station is Wood Green which is on the Piccadilly line.
V Sports has some of the best astroturf football pitches in West London. Located in Acton, these floodlit pitches are easily accessible via public transport with the nearest stations being Acton Central (Overground) and East Acton (Underground).
Marcus Lipton Community Enterprise has a floodlit 3G astroturf football pitch which can be played on all year round. Changing rooms are available to use and Loughborough Junction and Brixton are the nearest stations.
Calthorpe Project Sports Facilities has an astroturf football pitch located in the borough of Camden. The pitch is just a short walk from Kings Cross or Russell Square station, making it extremely accessible. The venue is floodlit which means it can be used all year round.
Southbury Leisure Centre is located in Enfield and has both 3G astroturf and regular astroturf pitches. The pitches are floodlit and there are changing facilities on site. The closest station to the venue is Southbury, which is on the London Overground line.
Top 11 a side football pitches in London
Draper's Field, which is based in East London, has an 11 a side football pitch. The surface is 3G astroturf and the pitch is also floodlit which means it's great for playing on all year round, whether it's Sunday league matches or evening training sessions. The closest station when travelling to this pitch is Leyton, just one stop away from Stratford on the Central line.
Hackney Marshes is located in Hackney, London with 50 grass football pitches dedicated to the 11 a side game. The nearest station to this iconic venue is Hackney Wick (Overground) and some of the facilities offered here are pay as you play. There are changing rooms available for players and teams.
The 11 a side football pitches at Market Road were recently redeveloped, meaning they are of the highest quality to play on. The surface is 3G astroturf and the venue is floodlit with changing rooms, making it the perfect place to host your football league matches.
Vale Farm Sports Centre has a full size 3G astroturf football pitch available to hire, complete with floodlights and changing rooms. It is located in Wembley and the nearest station is North Wembley. This is a great pitch if you're looking for somewhere to play your 11 a side league games or hold training sessions.
Football Leagues in London
Football leagues in London, particularly the 5 a side leagues format, has been growing rapidly in recent years due to the development of artificial 4G and even 5G pitches.
PlayFootball operate leagues throughout the UK for 5, 6, 7, and 11 a side football. They run several of their leagues in London, including Shepherd's Bush, Islington, Romford, Brixton and Mile End, so there's something for you wherever you're based. These venues also have changing rooms and sports bars playing live football, so you're catered for on and off the pitch.
Games are usually 40 minutes long and take place on weekday evenings and weekends. They also run leagues especially for students, so if you're studying in London why not sign up and meet some new people?
Football 567 operate multiple football leagues in London, such as in Clapham Common, Hackney Central, Kennington, Stockwell and Tulse Hill. The pitches are of excellent quality and the price is hard to beat. Football 567 pride themselves on being at the forefront of online league management and have a clever app and website that allows users to see their match stats, all updated live during the game by the referee.
Powerleague are the most popular 5 & 7-a-side football leagues in the UK. All pitches have floodlights and kickboards, allowing 5-a-side to be played the way it was meant to be. 5th generation turfs are used at a range of their pitches providing the best facilities to really show off your technique.
Player pooling is also allowed here so, decreasing the number of cancellations as players can be pooled in order to ensure games go ahead. Powerleague also offers free parking and a licensed bar.
Go Mammoth is the fastest growing sports club in London, offering leagues around central London and close by boroughs from Angel to Wimbledon.
As well as men’s 5 & 6-a-side, Go Mammoth leagues also offer a 5-a-side mixed league allowing females to also get involved. With 2 female players having to be on the pitch at all times this rule creates a good mix, allowing the ladies a chance to show the men a trick or two.
There are 2 levels of play within these leagues; recreational and intermediate. Recreational is aimed more at those wanting to play less competitively and purely for the fun or to improve fitness; the intermediate league is played at a faster tempo and will involve more skillful teams, adding an extra level of competitiveness to the mix.
The key factor that Go Mammoth focus on is the social side of the sport. As demonstrated by the fact that Go Mammoth have discounts at their bars for players to enjoy a refreshing drink after their game, and they organise social events allowing players to go out and socialise with those who share the passion of football.
Play on Sports provides 5 a side leagues in London, in which a league season will last 10 weeks filled with 45 minute games. This includes 9 games plus a play-off/semi final game for the best teams. As a reward for being the best team, whoever makes the final will get to play that game free of charge, providing an extra incentive to go all the way. Games here are £5 per player, and pitches also are on offer for teams who want to work on their tactics and train on.
Play on sports encourage punctuality, as a goal is awarded against any team that is late and another goal is added for every 5 minutes players are not on time. So if you are the kind of player who likes to turn up “fashionably late” it will cost your team big time here.
5-a-side.org offer 5, 6, 7 & 8-a-side across a range of pitches across London, all of which have state of the art 3G pitches, some having 4G synthetic rubber crumb turfs resembling those the top pitches in Europe possess.
FA qualified refs are also provided so no more dodgy decisions! You will get a well adjudicated match allowing you to focus purely on the football. This hassle free league simply is a turn up and play system, all the hard work is organised by 5-a-side.org.
Games will be after work/weekend and with 200 teams competing you have the chance to come up against a range of teams and test yourself against a variety of footballing styles.