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Never too late to have a five-a-side football game

Indoor five-a-side soccer pitches are becoming places for working adults to unwind after work

Published on May 16, 2014 1:38 PM

When the sun goes down on Fridays, Mr Imran Ayub swops his office wear for soccer gear and tears around a pitch like he is 18 again.

The 33-year-old field service manager at an oil and gas company is among a growing number of indoor football warriors - working adults, mostly men, who unwind after work with a game of soccer played on a sheltered pitch.

Unlike football, which is played on an outdoor field measuring about 100m by 64m, the indoor version commonly played here takes place on a far smaller court that measures about 25m by 16m.

It is known as five-a-side soccer as each team has five players instead of 11. It is also sometimes called futsal, but that is officially played on a hard-court surface.

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