It provides an intense workout that few other sports can match, results in loads of social and mental benefits, and most of all it’s fun. That’s why it has become the people’s game here in the UK, becoming even more popular than the full 11-a-side game.
Just look at the evidence
A lot of work has recently been done to prove the health benefits of 5-a-side, and it has been shown that regardless of your age, gender or playing standard, it’s very hard to find a better overall form of exercise than 5-a-side.
The data out there is overwhelming, but we’ve condensed it down into this handy infographic to tell you everything you need to know about the greatest game on earth. (Click on the image to view a larger version on mobile devices).
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If you’re new to 5-a-side.com and want to know more about the game – why not start with our collection of best articles.
British Medical Journal: Recreational football for disease prevention and treatment in untrained men: a narrative review examining cardiovascular health, lipid profile, body composition, muscle strength and functional capacity
Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports: Special Issue: Football for Health