The best places to play football in Dubai
A guide to the city’s finest soccer centres

With the football games happening this summer, perhaps you’re feeling inspired to go out and brush up on your own soccer skills. If so, you’ll discover a wealth of sporting venues in the football-mad city of Dubai – with immaculate indoor pitches that are perfect for an impromptu game away from the heat. Here’s our pick of the best facilities for a kickabout with friends and family.

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Dubai Sports World

Dubai Sports World

This highly impressive indoor sports venue spans 25,000 square metres, helping you to stay fit and active during the hottest months of summer. The facility within Dubai World Trade Centre has six pitches onsite – three for seven-a-side and three for five-a-side, with an emergency medical team available just in case. Youngsters looking to improve their abilities can choose between the LaLiga Academy, the Juventus Academy, the IFA Football Academy and FC Dubai. Elsewhere at Dubai Sports World, you can try a range of enjoyable activities from basketball to cricket to table tennis, and there are also multiple coffee shops and restaurants for you to grab a quick bite after the game.

Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai
+971 4 306 4000

Ahdaaf Sports Club

Ahdaaf Sports Club

Founded in 2008, Ahdaaf Sports Club aims to encourage healthy living while bringing communities together. The award-winning organisation has indoor venues dotted across Dubai – with six pitches in Al Quoz, two in Al Qusais and a multifunctional sports stadium in Al Barsha. There are a multitude of options and budgets for anyone looking to arrange a game, with themed tournaments and leagues, corporate tournaments, birthday parties and pitch rentals. Youngsters can also participate in the Ahdaaf Football Academy, which dedicates itself to developing youth players “from grassroots to a professional standard”. Teams range from the under-sixes to the under-16s.

Al Quoz, Al Qusais, Al Barsha (all Dubai)
+971 800 AHDAAF (243223)

United Pro Sports

United Pro Sports

Located in Al Quoz, United Pro Sports has a range of facilities across 46,000 square feet of space. The indoor venue has two five-a-side football pitches with surfaces covered in FIFA-approved artificial grass – as well as cricket, badminton, mini-tennis and five-a-side basketball courts. Football pitches can be rented out to schools, businesses or individual teams – with air-conditioning to ensure everyone keeps their cool, plus spectator areas and automated scoreboards. The centre’s E-Sports Football Academy coaches youngsters who dream of soccer stardom, with UEFA-qualified coaches passing on their advice and encouragement, while birthday parties and holiday camps provide further options for keeping children fit and healthy.

Al Quoz, Dubai
+971 4 340 1122

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Koora Dome

Koora Dome has three indoor five-a-side football pitches, all of which are fitted with FIFA-approved artificial turf, letting you enjoy a match within the air-conditioned dome. Part of Al Wasl Sports Club, the facility is also equipped to host everything from birthday parties to branded activations and corporate events. For young people, Koora Dome offers youth football development programmes as well as children’s birthday parties and a variety of after-school activities – encompassing not only soccer but also sports like dodgeball and touch rugby. Or, for a game with a twist, try bubble football – as players attempt to hit the back of the net while encased in a big inflatable bubble.

Zabeel Stadium, Oud Metha Road, Dubai
+971 800 KOORA (56672)

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As the region’s largest sports provider, Duplays has grown from 400 members in 2007 to more than 100,000 today. If you’re pondering the perfect footballing spot, simply search the company's database either on its website or app for a comprehensive selection of sites and prices. There’s even the chance for young players to emulate a Brazilian legend with the Ronaldinho Soccer Academy, which aims to develop its participants both as athletes and individuals.

Indigo Icon Tower, JLT, Dubai
+971 4 447 2394

Dubai Stars Sportsplex

This sporting facility seeks to engage the wider community by offering a safe, affordable and enjoyable experience on its premises. The indoor venue has four futsal pitches of varying sizes, allowing visitors to try South America’s answer to five-a-side football. Played by the likes of Messi, Pele and Ronaldinho in their formative years, futsal emphasises tactical ingenuity ahead of football’s more physical demands. The centre also has four courts for “human foosball”, an innovative game where players are tied together by a rope and can only move horizontally, as well as “knocker soccer” in which competitors wear inflatable balls around their bodies. There’s plenty here to tempt visitors.

Al Mizhar, Dubai
+971 4 285 3333

Dubai Sports City Football Academy

Dubai Sports City Football Academy

Whatever your specific soccer requirements, Dubai Sports City Football Academy is sure to meet them. The state-of-the-art centre has been used as a warm weather training camp by Premier League clubs such as West Ham. It also boasts an incredible indoor facility in The Dome – an air-conditioned multipurpose venue that includes a full-size football pitch, eight changing rooms, a restaurant and more. A variety of leagues and tournaments take place at the academy, which is also home to the Spanish Soccer School and Socatots programmes for young players to hone their craft.

Dubai Sports City, Dubai
+971 4 448 1555