5-a-side Football

Derby’s original and best venue with over 20 years of 5-a-side history and experience!


Enjoy the beautiful game. Without the ugly British weather.

As you’d expect from us here at Willows Sports Centre, we’re passionate about getting more people in Derby enjoying all kinds of sports – 5-a-side football, indoor netball, indoor cricket, Futsal and now dodgeball and even handball!

If, like us, you love your football and want to play all year round, whatever the weather, get involved in indoor 5-a-side football at Willows.

Forget about the stresses of the day, get fitter, or just enjoy spending some social time with mates or colleagues. And all without having to get wet or muddy!

Join a 5-a-side league, and then just turn up

We’ll organise everything for you: equipment, referees, bibs, fixtures. All you need to do is get a team together and enter it into one of our 5-a-side football leagues.

Even if you haven’t got a team, put your name down and we’ll help you find one. There’s no excuse to stay at home or at the office.

Shout about your results immediately

Our fantastic on-line results system and plasma screen scoreboards mean that as soon as the final whistle blows, the result will be immediately posted to our website and Twitter profile. So you can share the highs and lows of your team’s performance with the world, and keep an eye on the results of your rivals.

Watch the best goals and gaffs with our Action Replay cameras!

There’s not many places where you can play 5-a-side football and then watch all of the action on big screen in the bar afterwards, let alone watch it all back online direct to your mobile device, tablet or PC, but at Willows you can!

Using state of the art cameras and software via My Action Replay, we’re taking your 5-a-side experience to the next level!

LIVE Scoring coming soon ….

Using our action replay cameras and easy-to-use player registration terminal, it’ll soon be possible to see the goals you score on a match timeline as it happens! Not only that, but when you score, your name will appear on the big screen scoreboard and we’ll have instantly updated goal scorer boards!

It’s coming this summer ….. be the first to benefit and get your players registered in your ‘My Willows’ portal now!

The five, 5-a-side football categories are:


Junior 5-a-side football

For 10-16 year olds, the juniors play every Saturday throughout the year.

Under 18s 5-a-side football

For 6th form students (years 12 and 13) or Derby College students, these run on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons.

Student 5-a-side football

For Derby University and Derby College students, these play Wednesday and Friday afternoons during term-time.

Open Aged 5-a-side football

For those aged 16+ of all abilities, senior football is played Sunday to Friday throughout the year, so whatever your other commitments, there’s plenty of opportunities to take part.

Masters over 35s 5-a-side football

For the more mature player! These play Friday evenings.

Find players and be found …

Join our Football Player Pool on Facebook!

Whether you’re a team looking for new players to bolster your squad, or an individual looking to find a team, we have the perfect way for you to get what you’re looking for.

Join our new ‘Football Player Pool’ Facebook Group and advertise for players for an upcoming game, or find a team to play for. Simply search for the group on Facebook, ask to join and then you’re good to go!

Player Pools


Great football facilities, that are only getting better.

We’ve got a fantastic 3G astro turf pitch and refurbished multi-sports surface pitch perfect for fast flowing five-a-side. They are both floodlit, indoor carpeted courts, so you can enjoy playing football in all weathers and at all hours.

There are also changing rooms and a bar where you can grab a drink and a bite to eat before or after your league match. Just what you need if you’re rushing straight from work, or if you just want to celebrate (or commiserate) with your team mates afterwards!

Thanks to generous funding from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Willows Sports Centre is now newly refurbished. So starting today, you’ll benefit from new facilities and equipment, and if you haven’t visited for a while you won’t even recognise the place!