Here are 5 great places to play football away from traditional clubs
With the demands of modern life constantly evolving, the idea of playing football in the traditional way is becoming less appealing to many.
But, fear not, there are some great alternative offerings to keep you in touch with the beautiful game.
These are just some of our alternative offerings but if you want to know more about any of these or know of any others you'd like us to publicise, please get in touch.
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Walking Football is recognised by the Football Association of Wales as an inclusive small-sided format of the game.
The newly established FAW/SWFA approved Wales Veterans Football Association was established in July 2016, and has more than 600 players competing in leagues at Over 40, Over 45 and Over 50 age groups.
Wales played England in the first ever Veterans international at Dragon Park in 2017.TAKE A LOOK AT THE WELSH VETERANS FA WEBSITE
Futsal at grassroots level offers players, clubs, leagues, coaches and teachers a great opportunity to develop young players.
Football superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar all honed their skills playing futsal as youngsters.
In Wales, we have many local leagues and run the FAW Futsal Cup and also run a course for futsal coaches.
In Wales, U12 teams play small-sided games with teams of nine players each, which links directly with key strategic objectives set by the FAW and FAW Trust as part of the 2020 vision for football right across Wales.
The benefits of this are:
- Smaller pitch and player numbers allow players to be more involved in the game
- Players spend more time on the ball on average than they would in an 11v11 game
- More repetition develops greater technique, players are more comfortable on the ball
- Revised pitch size ensures the game puts a more realistic physical demand on the players based on their actual physical maturity
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