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20 Feb 2018
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Leisure Leagues Refs Get International Experience Again

Leisure Leagues provided the officials as one of the oldest football rivalries of all was under the microscope again this weekend as Wales hosted Engl…

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League Spotlight: Birmingham University Sunday

From one of our newest leagues to one of our oldest, and in a week where the second city took the football spotlight with one of the bitterest derbies…

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League Spotlight: Kendal Rugby Club

One for our newest leagues – this Sunday will be third week of the first season in Kendal. The competition has quickly become the talk of the Lakela…

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Socca Federation Meeting Hailed As A Great Success

Leisure Leagues were thrilled to be at the first meeting of the International Socca Federation took place in Birmingham, England yesterday. Over 50 gu…

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Global Federation For Small-sided Football Launches In Birmingham

The International Socca Federation, using the term ‘ISF’ or ‘Socca’, will be launching in Birmingham at the prestigious Hyatt Regency Hotel on…

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Leisure Leagues Partner Seminar

The latest gathering of Leisure Leagues partners took place last weekend and was another extremely productive day.

Partners from all across Britain…

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Welsh Players Put Their Shirt On Ryan


We are giving all the players in our Welsh leagues the chance to win the shirt of new manager Ryan Giggs in our latest competition.

The l…

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A Bridge Too VAR

This week we’ve seen the best and worst of VAR. On Tuesday, Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City became the first player to score a goal, thanks to a…

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A Ball Is For Life, Not Just For Football

It might be a case of “Didier Dog-ba” scoring the goals in a team managed by “Mauricio Pooch-etiino”, if the lucky pups of Warwickshire get in…

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Leisure Leagues Help Underprivileged Footballers Achieve Their Goals

Footballers in some of the  most underdeveloped areas of  Karachi are benefiting from free games, thanks to a unique initiative from Leisure Leagues…

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The Leisure Leagues Christmas Quiz

Everyone likes a quiz, so just for fun, have a go at this and see how many you can get 

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Santa's Little Helpers Relax Ahead Of Busy Week

Santa’s Little Helpers got some light relief this week as they geared up for their busy week with a game of a 6 a side.

Footballers at a communit…

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Partner Of The Month : Adam Brittain

December’s Partner of the Month sees the spotlight fall on Adam Brittain, from the Rugby area, who tells us just how important a role his community le…

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All Routes Lead To Charity

At Leisure Leagues we are proud to be the only league provider that donates our profits to charities and good causes.

We have received praise from …

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It’s not every day we get a brand new partner that has played international football, and it’s even more unusual that we get enquiries from someone wh…

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Lindell Gets The Giggs

The winner of the signed Ryan Giggs shirt, Lindell Gilling, was delighted after being presented with his kit last week at the Trowbridge league.


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Cam On, It's Time For Change

The FA has more problems than it can deal with at the moment. Their top brass was hauled in front of a Select Committee in the House Of Commons las we…

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Go, Joe

Joe McTernan was the lucky winner of the copy of FIFA 18 that we gave away on Facebook live.

Competitors had to guess whether they thought Head Of…

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Giggs Giveaway

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Ryan Giggs signed shirt.

The lucky recipient was Lindel Gilling, who plays in our Trowbridge league …

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We have been proudly running the Leisure Leagues partner scheme for nearly eight years. In that time it has grown to the point where upwards of 20,0…

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The FA: Not Fit To Goven The Women's Game Either

So, Mark Sampson has gone.

By any sporting measure the England women’s football coach was successful. But it is appearing increasingly clear that h…

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Partner Of The Month: Michael Drysdale

In this month’s Partner Of The Month feature, we talk to one of our partners in South Wales, Michael Drysdale.

Michael signed on as a partner in th…

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The Biggar They Come

It was definitely a case of the Biggar They Come at Gowerton Leisure Leagues last week, as a British Lions rugby star swapped the oval ball for a rou…

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World Record Breaking Summer Brings The World Together

Football has had a world record breaking summer. The Qatari owned Paris Saint Germain shattered the transfer record to bring Neymar to the French capi…

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Legends Talk 6 A Side

The benefits of 5 and 6 a side football are well-known to those of you that play it.

The impact on your fitness (better than a session in the gym, …

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Leisure Leagues Grand Latour

Leisure Leagues took another giant leap forward last weekend, when our partners and top match officials gathered for the first ever Leisure Leagues Pa…

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Brides In Safe Hands

Fine wine, they say, improves with age. Well, it’s just possible that footballers might be the same.
That is certainly the case in Bridgend, where St…

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Leisure Leagues Beamed Around The World

At Leisure Leagues we are proud to run what we think are the best leagues in the world.

Whether its our competitions in England and Wales, or furth…

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From Carlisle To World Cup Winners In Six Weeks

Carlisle Leisure Leagues referee, Anthony Backhouse, completed a remarkable journey last week when he stepped out at the O2 Arena in London to officia…

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Nathan Goes East

To say there aren’t many English referees who can say they’ve refereed a game involving Ronaldinho, Robert Pires, Nicolas Anelka and Ryan Giggs is an …

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From Welywn Garden City to Karachi - But All For Leisure Leagues

When the Leisure Leagues  Legends lined up this weekend, drawing crowds of adoring fans, each with jaws-dropping at the sight of the parade of world …

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Leisure Leagues Legends FC - The Greatest Side Ever Assembled

Just imagine it.

There you are, playing on your local 3G pitch, and the team after you is warming up ready for their game.

The same thing happen…

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The Whole Game Gets Sulley-d

Sulley Muntari probably would prefer to be remembered for his spells playing for some of the biggest clubs in the world – both Milan teams for example…

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The Life Of Riley

After Newcastle beat Cardiff in a televised game on Friday night, Cardiff Manager Neil Warnock turned his attention to referee Graham Scott.

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Leisure Leagues Makes It's Mark

“Leisure Leagues perform a vital role in bringing people together….”

We know that already,  and we are extremely proud of the fact we have l…

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Win Joshua vs Klitschko Tickets In Our Massive Competition

Leisure Leagues are delighted to be announcing our biggest ever competition.

The World’s Largest Provider of 5 and a 6 a side football is giving aw…

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Franchisee In Spotlight: David Neil

David has purchased a franchise to run Leisure Leagues in Chelmsford, Essex. In our latest Franchisee in Spotlight feature, we catch up with him to fi…

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Andrew Ison looks at increasing role of TV in enforcing the rules of sport

Last weekend, Lexi Thompson was cruising to victory in a major golf …

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Surrey Heath Borough Council - Too Rich To Care?

On the 22nd February,  Surrey Heath Borough Council had a meeting. Nothing especially unusual that, except at this meeting it was decided that houses…

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Leisure Leagues Franchise In Spotlight: Joe And Stephen Evans

We talk to Joe Evans, who has recently started  running his franchise full time, and he tells us why he’s been able to …and why he’s looking forwar…

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Desperate Men?

With the words of Damian Collins MP back in early February no doubt still ringing in their ears, the FA let everyone know about their blueprint for ch…

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Valerie, Come And See Me?

Another day and another Tweet from Valerie Vaz. The Walsall MP replied to us yesterday by, well, not replying to us at all. Merely saying she “wil…

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Why Don't You Come On Over, Valerie....?

The above was a response on the official Twitter Account of Valerie Vaz, MP for Walsall South after our blog earlier this week regarding the use o…

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Emergency Ward

Occasionally some Councils in the UK try and shore up their decreasing budgets by putting usage on their sports pitches out to tender or, in reality, …

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Vaz You Like It

Speaking in the wake of the Labour Party’s historic by-election defeat in Copeland last week (where they became the first opposition party to lose a…

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Player Power Gone Mad, Or Football Gone Wrong?

It is a statement that shows everything that is wrong with modern football.

“His warmth, charm and charisma have helped transform perceptions of …

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Just A Local Hero?

In the latest in his articles with an historical perspective, Andrew Ison looks at the loss of a local connection

Many people will have loved t…

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Clattenburg Makes His Mark

So the self-styled “best league in the world” lost what is commonly regarded as the best referee in the world yesterday – and it’ll be interes…

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Confidence Tricks

You would have thought, perhaps, that having a vote of no confidence in you by MP’s would see you retreat and try and make reforms – or at the ver…

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Bury-ing Bad News

“This is possibly the biggest sports development to happen in Bury for a very long time. The investment, not only in Bury Grammar School pupils, but…

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Leisure Leagues Franchise In Spotlight: Number 2 - Richard Scott

The Isle of Wight league is going from strength to  strength – more than doubling in size since it was taken over.

We speak to Richard to find out…

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The FA's Inconsistent Stand

On a weekend of high FA Cup drama, Arsenal made it look rather easy against Southampton – or to be accurate Southampton Reserves.

The debate about …

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Leisure Leagues Backs Charity Game This Weekend

Leisure Leagues is delighted to announce that we are sponsoring a charity game at Tamworth FC this weekend.

The match takes place at The Lamb on S…

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Dead And Bury'd?

When Theresa May became Prime Minister in the summer, one of the first things she set out as a key policy was an end to the ban on new grammar schools…

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Graham Taylor 1944-2017

Everyone at Leisure Leagues was shocked a little while ago when we learnt of the passing of former England Manager Graham Taylor.

The legendary bos…

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6 a side Football: The Healthiest Sport There Is

“New Year, New Me”. The subject of millions of Internet Memes at this time of year, but if that expensive gym membership you took out on January 1st i…

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Leisure Leagues Franchise In Spotlight: Number One - Andrew Davies

You already know that Leisure Leagues is the benchmark provider of 5 and 6 a side football, but did you know that you can share in our success and bri…

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Time To End Tax Payer Funded Crooked Journalism

Probably like the tens of thousands of people that play in Leisure Leagues competitions both in the UK and internationally every week, we all view the…

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Fitness And Proper?

While we’ve all been off over Christmas, eating too much, drinking too much and spending time with our families, there has been a more or less const…

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The Grubby Pursuit Of Cash Finally Does Some Good For The Game

Back in the summer the Chairman of the premier League, Richard Scudamore admitted that talks regarding a winter break in football were “ongoing”.

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Time To Get Real About Diving?

“Apologies from my end it was never a penalty, but genuinely thought defender was going to slide, so tried to ride the tackle”.

That was the tw…

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Great Ambassadors For The Game?

Yesterday to the general surprise of no one in particular (let’s be honest, when you only interview one candidate for the job, there’s not a lot o…

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The picture above, of the little boy in shock, and the video below of the best day in the history of Chapecoense, a Brazilian top division side show …

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The Assumption Of A Problem - Just A Bit Too Late

“Let’s assume there is a problem and let’s get after it”.

Those were the words of Greg Clarke, Chairman of the FA, speaking on Radio 4 last night…

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Time To Take A Stand?

The Premier League had a meeting last week and one of the topics up for discussion was “Safe Standing”. The decision made after the talks was that…

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The Folly Of The Friendly

Football returns this weekend.

It could, of course, be argued that it’s never been away, Leagues One and Two, non-league teams and FA Cup replays…

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Area Managers Wanted!

Have you got what it takes to work for the largest provider of international 5/ 6 a side football?

Or put another way, we are the Barcelona of the …

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Quotas in sport: common sense, madness or hypocrisy?

UK Sport and Sport England recently published its ‘Code for Sports Governance’. This outlines a range of targets to do with transparency, accounta…

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Wear The Poppy With Pride?

My Nan used to have many a saying. One of them she used to say a lot: You could choke on a fly and swallow an elephant.

Like a lot of my Nan’s ph…

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The Lack Of Discipline At The Top Creates Bigger Issues

Discipline was at the forefront of the football news last weekend, as yet again high profile managers couldn’t behave themselves.

We had the uned…

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‘O Capitão’: Carlos Alberto and the beautiful goal

2016 has been a year of disturbance and sadness with deaths and tragedies aplenty to remind us of our frail humanity: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Carol…

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Failure to Heed the Warning Signs

The ugly crowd trouble that marred the EFL Cup game between West Ham and Chelsea last night was as predictable as it was sad to see.

Ever since Wes…

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Fit For Purpose? Or a £30m A Year Waste Of Money

Today, the FA Chairman Greg Clarke and its Director of Governance and Regulation, Darren Bailey will appear in front of the culture, media and sport S…

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Crying Foul On The Referees

There was a story in this morning’s newspaper that showed the current state of refereeing in an interesting light.

On Monday night there is one o…

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Leisure Leagues Just Do It With Nike Balls

Teams in the Lutterworth league in Leicestershire became the first in the country to receive the brand new Nike Balls we have on offer across a range …

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68 Days Of Big Sam: A Silly thing to Do

“On reflection it was a silly thing to do.”

As understatement’s go that might be the best one of the year.  Nonetheless, that was the respon…

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Win Yourself A Pair Of Nike Boots!

We’ve got an exciting announcement….and five pairs of boots to give away!

We’ve built new Facebook groups for every single Leisure Leagues ve…

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Get Your Kit On In Margate League

The Hartsdown Academy in Margate made the news this week when the back to school run didn’t go as smoothly as planned.

You may have seen this on …

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Chelmsford Council Turns Its Back On £55,000

Quite why Chelmsford City Council are happy to turn on their back on a potential £55,000 a year to benefit tax payers is a question that is being as…

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Leisure Leagues Is Where The Hart Is

Steven Hart was the winner of our Player Card Competition – and celebrated with a bottle of Leisure Leagues champagne at his wedding!

Steven, the s…

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Remembering Colin Taylor

Everyone at Leisure Leagues is shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Colin Taylor, the Managing Director of Oxford City FC.

Mr. Taylor was fo…

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Portugal celebrating euro 2016 victory

A Disappointing Victory : Portugal Win Euro 2016

So congratulations to Portugal on their first ever major tournament win, but it was a Euro 2016 final that left more questions than answers.


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Leisure Leagues' Fantasy Football Team

The Euro 2016 hype is slowly dying down. We know how important it is to prepare your fantasy teams however, so we’re looking towards the future. The…

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The year of the underdog: Wales and the Euros 2016

2016 looks to be shaping up as the footballing year of the underdog.

As we saw with Leicester’s heroic domination of the Premier League earlier t…

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