FIVE-A-SIDE: POSSIBLY THE MOST BENEFICIAL PASTIME IN THE WORLD
We have talked about making mates your team mates, however there are even more beneficial reasons to join our five-a-side summer football competition.
In an extract from the book The Five A Side Bible: “studies have investigated both 5-a-side football, 7-a-side and 11-a-side. The exercise intensity is similar, involving the same heart rate and many specific intense actions like sprints, turns and dribbles, shots, jumps. But the so-called ‘Football Fitness’ concept we have developed is based on small-sided football, like 5-a-side, on small pitches with few players so that intensity is high.
Involvement is also key – so plenty of ball touches and many technical actions for all the players, which you may not see in an 11-a-side situation. In 5-a-side football, there are also much less injuries than during 11-a-side games. Many studies have shown that the number of injuries in small-sided training is just 20% of the number of injuries in competitive 11-a-side games.”
There is also of course the enjoyment factor, which is apparently also good for you! “Our sports psychologists have used various types of questionnaires related to wellbeing, the feeling of flow during training and matches, and also worry levels. They found out that you don’t worry during football – you think about the game, the team-mates and your role.
You forget about everyday life when you are on the pitch. We have also seen in many studies that people get a more positive body image, gain more self-confidence and gain a more positive attitude towards team sports.
When you ask players about football, they always talk about ‘we’ stories – common experiences for the team. That togetherness makes it much easier for people to get to know each other, which helps adherence to physical activity.”
So just what are you waiting for? Not only will you enjoy football with your mates, you will also have the the best fitness, health benefits and stress less. We can see no better reason to sign up for the ESFA Summer Football Five A Side Competition!
Registrations close shortly!