FA Umbro Fives

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The FA Umbro Fives was a national 5-a-side football competition run by The Football Association. The National Final is held every year at Wembley Stadium with winners from Regional Finals across the country competing to become the official 5-a-side champions of England. "The FA Umbro Fives" usually refers to the English men's tournament, although a women's tournament is also held with the final also at Wembley Stadium. The competition was named after its lead sponsor Umbro.

MDU are the reigning FA Umbro Fives champions after beating Top Draw 4-2 needing extra time in the 2010 National Final. The 2010 competition was launched on 16 August 2010[1] by The FA with a video including sports presenter Tim Lovejoy and England international Michael Owen.[2] Top draw won the fa Umbro fives in 2011 and then won it back to back two years later in 2013. Top draw have won 6 national titles and a world title in Warsaw, Poland. The fa Umbro fives was called the fa fives in 2013, and is now more commonly known as the people's cup.

Format[edit]

The FA Umbro Fives was open to all men and women in England aged over 16. Local Qualifiers are held across the country by approved 5-a-side football centres with teams entering via application. As of August 2010 entry costs £25 per team. Sites owned by major commercial providers of 5-a-side football including Goals Soccer Centres[3] and Playfootball.net hold the majority of Local Qualifiers, with some County Football Associations also hosting Local Qualifiers.

Winners from the Local Qualifiers in the men's competition progress to one of seven Regional Finals in London, South East, South West, Midlands, North, North East and the North West. The winning teams in the Regional Finals win a cash prize, while the top four teams from each Regional Final progress to the National Final at Wembley Stadium. The National Final includes a Group Stage before a knock-out competition with one team crowned the official 5-a-side champions of England.

For the 2010 competition women's teams enter the competition directly into the Regional Final before the top teams are awarded a place in the National Final.

Previous winners[edit]

  • 2010 Men's Champions - MDU
  • 2010 Women's Champions - Newcastle United Blues
  • 2009 Men's Champions - Ballers.com[4]
  • 2009 Women's Champions - Watford Ladies[5]
  • 2008 Men's Champions - Top Ballerz[6]
  • 2008 Women's Champions - Liverbirds
  • 2007 Men's Champions - MDU
  • 2007 Women's Champions - Watford Ladies

Dave Bloke campaign[edit]

The 2010 FA Umbro Fives was launched on 16 August 2010 with a promotional video featuring 'Dave Bloke, Wembley Legend'. The film stars former England hero and striker Michael Owen, who is eclipsed by a fictional character called Dave Bloke. Bloke steals Owen's limelight by becoming a Wembley Legend after scoring a hat-trick in the FA Umbro Fives final. The film uses the strapline 'Become a Wembley Legend' and asks people to sign up to the FA Umbro Fives microsite.[7]

The film features the song Widths and Heights by band Magic Arm.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.campaignlive.co.uk/news/bulletin/thefix/article/1022389/?DCMP=EMC-CampaignDailyFix[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Dave Bloke, Wembley Legend - Viral Video - YouTube
  3. ^ "FA Fives". Archived from the original on 2010-08-13. Retrieved 2010-09-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2010-09-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Watford Ladies FC". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2010-09-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/sport/football/premiership/3878528.Top_Ballerz_are_five_a_side_champs/
  7. ^ "FA film pits Michael Owen against Dave Bloke". Archived from the original on 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-09-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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