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It’s great fun, very cheap and it’s something that everyone can get involved in. It makes a great additional activity for a stag weekend, e.g. add it to the main Saturday activity or finish the stag weekend activities off on (late) Sunday morning with a hangover beating kick-about.

what is it?

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We won’t insult your intelligence here, and we apologise if this makes tedious reading but there are some key points that make this stand out as a quality activity and one of the cheapest stag weekend sports available. In the first instance you get your own pitch (or two if you are a big group, if you’re a massive group we can arrange even more). In the second instance you can play indoor or outdoor, that does make a difference, indoor is better in winter, outdoor is better in summer – it’s that simple, but of course we’ll book what you prefer. The important thing is not to overlook 5-a-side as a worthy winter activity. Referees are not usually supplied for 5-a-side but can be made available by special arrangement however the standard features of changing rooms, goals and balls will be ready for you. Matches usually last 20 minutes each but it is flexible and up to you, base it on your group size.
Pitches are booked by the hour, so for example (allowing for changeovers and a short half-time gasper) you could have 4 games of 12 minutes, 5 games of 10 minutes, 3 games of 18 minutes, 2 games of 25 minutes or any number of combinations. If you want to book pitches for longer that’s no problem. Here’s a tip – make sure you’ve got teams that look different, that means different shirts or even fancy dress. And don’t take it too seriously, this is stag 5-a-side football and should be fun, there will be different standards and everybody’s on the stag weekend to have fun!

who can play?

Again, apologies for stating the obvious, anyone can play. The important thing is to make sure everyone is fit and healthy!

where can we play?

Just about anywhere, we have arrangements with pitches throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe. Availability can sometimes be an issue with the best pitches, especially in the major cities e.g. Dublin, London, but with enough notice we’ll have your stag 5-a-side match set up in no time.

what’s the standard equipment?

As mentioned before this comes with the pitch which is already taken care of. The only thing you need to worry about is sporting attire, make sure you have the right shoes e.g. trainers, and make sure you are dressed appropriately. If you don’t have the right footwear you will not be allowed on the pitch, and if you don’t dress for sport the chances are you won’t enjoy it as much.

how long does a 5-a-side session last?

Allow at least an hour, excluding transfers. Then add in more time if you want to change at the venue e.g. another 10-15 minutes either side. If you are a big group or just simply want to play longer, work in increments of 30 minutes. As a rule of thumb, if you’re playing for an hour allow a slot of 2 hours out of the weekend; if you’re playing for longer allow more.

how do I plan a 5-a-side match for a stag party?

That’s easy, first let us know it’s what you want to do. Think about when you’d like to do it and how long you want to play for. Also consider if you want to add additional activities to it. Saturday or Sunday morning is always a good time; it wrestles away the hangover and adds real value to the stag weekend. It also keeps the boys out of the pub. A very cheap but very decent day could involve 5-a-side in the morning and golf or paintball in the afternoon. But our job is to help you make the best decisions and get the most from your budget, so always let us know what your 5-a-side (or other) thoughts are, we want you to have the absolute best stag.

recommended 5-a-side locations in Ireland...

Belfast
Cork
Dublin
Galway
Limerick

recommended 5-a-side locations in UK...

Bath
Birmingham
Bournemouth
Brighton
Bristol
Cambridge
Cardiff
Cheltenham
Chester
Edinburgh
Exeter
Glasgow
Harrogate
Leeds
Liverpool
London
Manchester
Newcastle
Newquay
Nottingham
Oxford
Southampton
York

recommended 5-a-side locations in Europe...

Amsterdam
Barcelona
Bratislava
Budapest
Gdansk
Gothenburg
Ibiza
Krakow
Poznan

Prague
Riga

Vilnius
Wroclaw

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