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More than 300 local league footballers will receive superstar treatment on Saturday (14th December) when they play at Wembley’s National Stadium on finals day in this year’s FA Fives tournament.
Over 2,000 men’s and women’s teams from across the country started out in qualifying and this weekend’s 46 five-a-side finalists will be competing across a series of categories for the right to become national champion. The FA Fives, now in its sixth year, is supported by County FAs across the country and offers teams of local players the chance to compete against others of similar standard in a competition which reflects the FA’s ongoing commitment to local, grassroots football.
In this year’s tournament, teams will be competing for trophies and the accolade
of National Champions in the following categories.
The Champions Cup. 20 teams will play in a group and knockout tournament after earning their Wembley places in regional qualifiers across the country. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of four matches on the Wembley turf.
Grassroots. A tournament with a men’s and women’s category, set up to specifically develop interest in playing the game amongst those who are not members of established teams. 10 teams, including one from the Royal Marines in Plymouth and another from Portsmouth Naval base, will contest the men’s event while the women’s competition pitches 8 teams against each other, including previous winners Watford Ladies and a team from London which includes a former winner of a female Asian Footballer of the Year award within its ranks.
The Respect Cup. The FA Fives allocated 8 places to teams which failed to qualify from the local or regional stages but upheld the high standards reflected within the FA’s Respect campaign during the qualification process. Teams in this category were nominated by their respective regional organisers on the basis of team discipline, sportsmanship and ‘Respect’ during local qualifying stages. The 8 finalists were then selected at random.
FA Fives Tournament Director Stephen Brown said “The FA Fives is always a great day because we’re able to open our doors for players who would not ordinarily have any chance at all of playing on a world-class stage such as Wembley Stadium. It’s a fantastic experience for them and its a wonderful day for us because it marks the culmination of a national event which has promoted grassroots football in all corners of the country. We’re very proud of the tournament and what it stands for.
Hopefully the football will live up to the setting and provide a real showcase for the small sided game.”
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