Football fans often dream of having their 5-a-side Pitch in the back garden. Wouldn’t it be great to have a place where you could play matches and tournaments with friends and family? You could use Pitch whenever the mood is without worrying about other people hijacking your field or dogs leaving nasty presents behind on it.
This is your dream; also, you want to make it a reality, here is what you need to know.
Things to Pay Attention
- Check whether you Have Enough Space or Not?
Firstly, you need to find out whether you have the area to build a 5-a-side football pitch. Most families are not having a garden spanning several acres, so if your garden is of standard size, it is unlikely to be large enough to change into a football pitch.
Football pitches can be indoors and outside. For a 5-a-side game, the Pitch needs to be of the size of a tennis court. It’s not huge but checks your dimensions before progressing further.
- Turf or Artificial Grass
An all-weather artificial turf pitch is the perfect scenario, as you can then play whatever the weather is without ruining your playing surface. You can clean the Pitch with a hosepipe and remove marks on your dogs, if necessary. However, be aware that having an artificial turf is the most expensive option, so if you are operating on a tight budget, go with grass.
With grass-you have two options
- The first and cheapest is to make the area, ensure the soil is flat, free of stones, and gently raked over before sowing grass seed into it.
- The second, much faster method is to create the area in the same way and then lay the turf. Turf takes a while to bed, but it can be used more quickly and easily.
Of course, you required goals and nets. This will cost many thousand pounds, as posts and nets need to be secure and save. It can be done more cheaply and less costly if you use plastic or homemade goals, but they probably won’t be large mucher and will need to be put away at the end of each session. Go for 7-a-side goals, as they are more prominent.
Kickboards and pitch marking
Kickboards make life simpler by preventing the ball from running away each time someone kicks it far and wide. Your Pitch will have markings, or it will be tough to enforce the off-side rule. Paint the lines using an aerosol can or rent/purchase line marking machines to make the job a lot easier.
Without lights, you are focused on playing in daylight. Most people work during the day, so that leaves only the weekends to play.
It is not much good if you have spent thousands creating an all-weather 5-a-side football pitch. And besides, come winter, the days are too short to do much playing anyway. The solution is floodlights, but you will need planning permission and the services of a qualified electrician, so factor this into your budget.