Time-poor Aussies can now enjoy team sport following the launch of a new 5-a-side soccer experience straight from the UK.
Ultimate Soccer is developing a network of purpose built state-of-the-art facilities that encourage players of all ages, genders and skill level to participate.
The plan is to launch 10 further sites in Australia over the next 10 years.
The flagship facility in Fairfield, Western Sydney, will open to the public on Tuesday. When fully developed, the centre will be home to the largest 5-a-side soccer facility in the Southern Hemisphere. Fifteen advanced pitches are expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
Former Socceroo and FFA Grassroots Ambassador, Brett Emerton said: “The concept of 5-a-side soccer in the UK is massive and I expect the same to happen here in Australia.
“The Western Sydney soccer community is very lucky to have Ultimate Soccer invest $4million in this state-of-the-art development.
“It will certainly make the world game more accessible to men, women and children of all ages. I expect it to be a great success and a real positive for Australian grassroots soccer.”
Ultimate Soccer’s eight 5-a-side pitches are built with the latest all-weather synthetic turf technology that means they can be played on all year round, rain or shine.
The small, high quality caged nature of the fencing system promotes more touches, dribbles and goals which all add to making the game an easier and more enjoyable experience.
State Member for Fairfield, Guy Zangari said: “As the nursery of football in the nation, Ultimate Soccer will give young boys and girls the opportunity to access first class training facilities.
“Ultimate Soccer is an exceptional concept which fosters relationships between the public and private sector. This is an exciting time for the community.
“The success of our Socceroos at the recent Asian Cup and the outstanding performance of the Matildas at the Women’s World Cup will inspire our football community to achieve their dreams.”
Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, said that quality grassroots facilities are crucial to increase regular and ongoing participation opportunities.
“This facility is an excellent example of collaboration between sport and the NSW Government,” he said.
Ultimate Soccer is open seven days a week from 9am to 10pm (Saturday 10pm and Sunday 9pm).
Pitch bookings are available for league competitions, tournament competitions, casual pitch bookings, coaching courses, kids parties and corporate events. To find out how you can get involved in Ultimate Soccer visit: www.ultimatesoccer.com.au.