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Five-a-side Football

Five-a-side football is a team sport derived from association football, and is played with five players on each team, four infield players and one goalkeeper. The sport can be played either indoors or outdoors, on an artificial grass or turf surfaces. The field is surrounded by a barrier on all sides to prevent the ball from leaving the play area.

The objective of the sport is same as association football. Players try to score as many goals as possible within the match duration. The team with the most goals at the end wins the match.

Some of the differences form association football are:

There are quite a few leagues around the world that play the five-a-side football, with rules of their own. The most popular and highly regulated version is Futsal.

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