The Five-a-side Bible Inside the world of tasty tackles and terrible touches

Chris Bruce

It'll make you laugh. It'll make you cry. It'll make you better — Kenny Millar, The Sun

If you play football, the chances are you play 5-a-side – it’s by far the most popular version of the game in the UK. But it’s much more than a game. It’s an unbeatable fitness regime, it’s a social club, it’s an elite sport, it’s what we do when we get too old for ‘jumpers for goalposts’. The 5-a-side Bible tells the whole story. There’s sports science, the low-down on tactics and nutrition, how to use warm-ups and warm-downs to optimise performance. But there’s also the fun side of fives: crazy team names – The Neville Wears Prada, Murder on Zidane’s Floor – wacky stories of ill-discipline and injuries, outlandish excuses for not playing, kit disasters and a bucket list of the world’s most iconic 5-a-side pitches.