National Five-a-Sides (England)

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The Daily Express National Five-a-Sides was an annual indoor football tournament for Football League clubs across England, with Scottish League clubs invited on occasions. The competition was contested between 1968 and 1986 (and televised up to 1983).

National Five-a-Sides
RegionEngland (The FA)
Current championsNorwich City (1st title)
Most successful club(s)Wolverhampton Wanderers, Southampton (2 titles)
Television broadcastersBBC


The competition was held at Wembley Arena to packed crowds of between 8,000 and 10,000. It was sponsored by the Daily Express. The competition was a covered by the BBC and highlighted on their Wednesday Sportsnight programme. The last televised edition was in 1983.

Scottish football teams received invites. Other indoor tournaments popular around this time included Evening Standard London Five-a-Side (around since 1954) and Guinness Soccer Six (inspired by MISL) competitions. Both Five-a-Side tournaments shared a home at the Wembley Arena between 1968 and 1986.

Matches were split in two four minute halves. Time limits for matches increased as the tournament progressed. Though match lengths altered over the years. Any drawn matches were resolved with a penalty shoot-out. The rules included no passbacks to the goalkeeper and the ball must remain below shoulder height.

List of Finals

Year Winners Score Runners up Ref
1968 Charlton Athletic 1–0 Gillingham
1969 Manchester City 2–1 Swindon Town
1970 Manchester United 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur
1971 Southampton
1972 Tottenham Hotspur Penalties Ipswich Town
1973 Derby County 3–1 Celtic
1974 Leyton Orient 2–0 Tottenham Hotspur
1975 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1976 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1977 Ipswich Town 3–1 Coventry City
1978 Crystal Palace 2–2
1979 Sunderland 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion
1980 Aston Villa
1981 Celtic 1–0 Southampton
1982 Arsenal
1983 Southampton 3–0 Leicester City
1984 Watford 1–0 Aston Villa
1985 Oxford United 2–2
1986 Norwich City 5–0 Manchester City

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