Football Fives and Football Fans Down Under have joined forces with  popular charity Movember to launch the attempt at the brand new Knox Regional Football Centre on Saturday 19 November.

The target is to set a new record of 555 players. Given the current record sits at 63, confidence is high that Melbourne will make the record at this new facility for football.

To provide the number of players required to set a new unreachable mark FFDU and F5 will be staging a Five a Side tournament in conjunction with the record attempt.

Teams will be invited from around the country to participate in the tournament and compete for some great prizes.

The added attraction will be the chance to get involved in the record attempt and have their names enshrined in football folklore.

And if that’s not enough they will be contributing to a worthy cause with all funds raised on the day going to assist Movember’s  impressive track record of support for Prostate Cancer and Men’s Depression initiatives.

The Knox Regional Football Centre is the largest purpose built five-a-side facility in Australia and with the introduction of Football Fives, will give the football community the opportunity for 25,000 extra matches each year.

The Football Fives (F5) concept offers football in a five-a-side format played in a ‘cage’ (see picture gallery) with the games at high intensity using the side walls to keep the ball in play.
The Knox Regional Football Centre will have nine floodlit, all-weather FIFA standard synthetic pitches which will be complemented by a full sized synthetic pitch, with an emphasis on community access. toured the facility this week. The centre, located in Wantirna South in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, is a partnership between FFV (Football Federation Victoria), Knox City Council as part of Council’s Eastern Precinct Project and the state government.

The venue is set to open in October with FFV signing a lease with council that will see state body run it for the next fifteen years.

Chris Hain, Knox Regional Football Centre Manager, said the venture was another way for the code to meet demand from grassroots players 12 months of the year, day and night.

“Our business model is all about more people playing more football more often,” he said.

“Even if it’s just more people playing five-a-side it just means more growth for us and more people playing the beautiful game.”