The Worthington Fives is the first competition to give fans the chance to pull on the colours of their chosen professional club in a national 5-a-side event. Entry is FREE and the Worthington Fives winners will even go into Europe by scooping an all-expenses trip to a top European game.
"The Worthington Fives offers fans, who’d normally just be cheering their team on from the terraces, the chance to actually play for the side they support," said the ex-England Manager Graham Taylor. "You never know, the competition may unearth a fan who could go on and represent the club at a higher level."
As well as receiving the support of Taylor, who’ll be a pundit on ITV Sport’s coverage of Worthington Cup football next season, the Worthington Fives is also backed by the Premier League and Football League. Commenting on the competition, David Burns, Chief Executive of the Football League said:
"The Worthington Fives is a great way for fans to support and represent their team. Every fan, as well as every footballer, dreams of lifting a trophy at a major Cup final."
Preliminary rounds for the Worthington Fives begin at the end of July. These events will be held regionally, and give three teams of fans from each of 92 Premiership and Football League clubs the chance to play-off and win the right to be their club’s sole representative in the tournament, and go through to the Worthington Fives First Round in August.
Fans can enter now by calling FREEPHONE: 0800 731 4841; emailing : firstname.lastname@example.org writing to: FREEPOST, Worthington Fives (GI2074), Woking, Surrey GU24 9BR. All entries must be in by July 6.
The Worthington Fives will be played at Powerleague Soccer Centres across the country on weekends prior to corresponding Worthington Cup rounds. The reigning Worthington Fives champions are Bolton, who beat Wigan 3-0 at the Millennium Stadium last February.
Spurs fans are being offered the chance to represent the club in a 5-a-side tournament running parallel with next season’s Worthington Cup. The winning team will contest the final prior to the real thing at the Millennium Stadium next year.