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Top 3 Spots to Play Football in Lisbon: An Insider’s Guide

Football in Portugal is not just a sport; it’s a national obsession. Despite its modest population size, Portugal consistently punches above its weight on the international stage, a clear indication of its exceptional football infrastructure.

Almost every corner of the country boasts top-notch facilities, from well-maintained astro turf pitches to vibrant 5-a-side arenas.

Having spent over four years living in both Ericeira and Lisbon, and being a passionate football player myself, I’ve decided to share my insights through this guide. 

It’s designed to assist anyone eager to get involved in the game, regardless of your gender, age, or skill level. 

Whether you’re looking for a competitive match or just a friendly kickabout, I’m here to point you in the right direction.

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Why Play Football in Lisbon?

The amazing Inatel Alvalade Stadium where the Lisbon Casual Seniors play their home fixtures

For me, playing football transcends the realm of sport; it’s akin to a therapeutic session! 

The ritual of moving and exerting my body on the field, particularly through football, at least three times a week, is vital for my mental and physical health. 

It’s this blend of physical exertion and mental rejuvenation that makes football indispensable to my routine. 

Having experienced various places throughout the district of Lisbon and beyond, I’ve found the center of Lisbon to be the best in meeting my footballing desires – due to how frequent and accessible the games are (every day) and the quality of the football surfaces. 

It’s in this vibrant city that the perfect synthesis of health benefits, social interaction, and cultural immersion through football truly comes to life. 

In this article, I’m eager to introduce you to several football groups that not only cater to those new to Lisbon but also seek to blend the love for the game with social connectivity. 

These groups are gateways to experiencing the rich local culture, meeting new people, and cultivating friendships, enriching your football journey in Lisbon.

Football Groups and Communities in Lisbon

Lisbon Casuals 

Trajouce, home of the Lisbon Casuals. A great pitch! Is it time to play football in Lisbon?
Trajouce, home of the Lisbon Casuals. A great pitch!

Type: Casual, social, competitive – Open to both men and women

Location & Fixtures: The club offers a variety of venues, tailored to the specific needs of each team. Currently, the senior team holds their training sessions in Belém, plays in the Inatel league and plays their home games at Inatel de Alvalade.  

Meanwhile, when they’re not playing away the veterans and women’s team engage in competitive matches in Trajouce

When not playing friendlies, each team competes in its own league, ensuring a competitive level of play. 

Additionally, there’s a men’s 7-a-side team that competes in the Minifootball.pt league.

During the summer months after the league fixtures conclude, Jamor park becomes the favored spot for casual kickabouts.

For further details and to join, reach out to:

Website: www.lisboncasuals.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lisboncasualsfootballclub

Instagram: www.instagram.com/lisboncasuals

Instagram (Women’s Team): www.instagram.com/lisboncasualsladies

Pros

  • Very well organized
  • Good value
  • Friendly community
  • Good carpooling system
  • The Alvalade Inatel Stadium, home to the senior team’s matches, offers a fantastic playing environment
  • The women’s team setup is excellent
  • They have a well organized veterans team
  • Suitable for players of all skill levels
  • Highly multicultural with a substantial presence of English-speaking participants

Cons

  • The home ground, Trajouce, is located over 20km from the center of Lisbon
  • The floodlights at the Belém training pitch are subpar.

My Experience

Here we have a typical Lisbon Casual away game – over 100 in attendance for an amateur game!

Playing with the Lisbon Casuals over the past four years has been incredibly rewarding. 

The club’s superb organization, led by directors David and Damian, has consistently impressed me. 

Throughout this time, I’ve had the pleasure of participating in matches with the senior team, veterans, and enjoying regular kickabouts with both men and women, all of which have been immensely enjoyable experiences. 

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My Rating

Facility Quality: ★★★★★

Each pitch I’ve played on with the Casuals boasts a top-notch astro turf surface, ensuring a high standard of play. 

Additionally, players at Trajouce can enjoy the convenience of a nearby bar. 

For those on the senior team, matches take place at the impressive Inatel de Alvalade stadium, located in the heart of Lisbon.

More sunny away days, this time with the Veterans team at UDR Sabuguense

Community Engagement: ★★★★★

They maintain several WhatsApp groups where members socialize and coordinate meetups beyond football activities. 

These groups frequently organize gatherings and events for members to enjoy together.

Accessibility: ★★★☆☆

Getting to the Trajouce pitch without a car can be challenging, but carpooling with other players from Lisbon is often an option. 

On the other hand, the pitches at Jamor, Belém, and Alvalde are easily reachable via various modes of transportation, including public transit, taxis, driving, and walking.

oeiras
Oeiras – where the Lisbon Casual veterans train.

Variety of Options: ★★★★★

They offer 7-a-side men’s, senior 11-a-side, veterans 35+, and women’s football, providing a diverse and inclusive range of options suitable for most players.

Value for Money: ★★★★★

As of now, the membership fee to join a team and train is €30 per month, allowing for up to three weekly sessions. 

Participation in competitive games requires insurance, available for €20. Excellent value!

Overall Experience: ★★★★★

Whether you’re seeking a casual kickabout or competitive matches, Lisbon Casuals offer game types to suit your preferences. 

With a thriving community and a variety of teams, there’s always an opportunity to get involved. 

They actively welcome players of all genders and skill levels, fostering inclusivity and camaraderie within the club.

Primeplay – Campo Pequeno

The Campo Pequeno 5’s pitch on a sunny day – Glorious!

Type: Casual, social, competitive – Open to both men and women

Location: My experiences have consistently centered around the 5-a-side pitch near the Campo Pequeno Bullring.

To book your spot visit: primeplay.football

Pros

  • Often a good level of football
  • Efficiently organized
  • Convenient cashless payments via their website
  • Exceptional Value
  • Located in the heart of Lisbon
  • Excellent quality pitch with floodlights 
  • It can be quite competitive (that might not be for you 🙂) 
  • Women are welcome to play

Cons

  • None!

My Experience

It's a very nice 5's pitch at Campo Pequeno! Football in Lisbon is nice!
It’s a very nice 5’s pitch at Campo Pequeno!

I’ve been playing with this group for several years and appreciate the ease of travel from my central Lisbon home. 

The convenience of booking games well in advance, with multiple matches available every weekday, is a feature I particularly value. 

The pitch quality is excellent, complemented by flood lights for evening games in the winter,  and supplies bibs and a ball for play.

Additionally, there’s an e-scooter parking bay close by. At the Campo Pequeno venue there’s also access to toilet facilities.

My Rating

Facility Quality: ★★★★☆

The Campo Pequeno 5-a-side pitch is of very good quality, free from tears or other problems. 

The only drawback is that during winter, while the floodlights are operational, their performance is somewhat lacking.

Community Engagement: ★★☆☆☆

Even though there’s no formal social WhatsApp group, I’ve enjoyed getting to know a few people during my time here. Making friends is easy with a little bit of effort.

Accessibility: ★★★★★

Parking is available at the Campo Pequeno shopping mall’s car park. The Campo Pequeno Metro station is also nearby, offering convenient public transport options. 

Additionally, as previously mentioned, there are several e-scooter bays around the pitch.

Variety of Options: ★★★★☆

There are several game formats offered during the weekdays, including 5v5 matches lasting 60 minutes and a 3-team, winner-stays-on setup for 90 minutes. 

For more specifics, visit primeplay.football.

Value for Money: ★★★★★

At the time of writing the cost is just €3.50 per game.

Overall Experience: ★★★★★

This location has become my top choice for playing football. The convenience of having a place close by where I can play 2-3 times a week is incredible. The ease of cashless payments, the high quality of the pitch, and the consistently high standard of play mean I rarely look for other venues.

Lisbon Lowest League 

Lisbon Lowest League Football Pitch
Courtesy of @lowest_league_in_lisbon

Type: Casual, social – Open to both men and women, low and mid level players

Location & Fixtures:

To play, join the Lisbon Lowest League Whatsapp Group or visit their instagram www.instagram.com/lowest_league_in_lisbon

Pros

  • The football standard ranges from low to mid-level, making it ideal for those aiming to boost their fitness.
  • Well organized via Whatsapp
  • Located in the heart of Lisbon
  • Women are welcome to play
  • Many social events
  • Nice mix of expats and locals

Cons

  • Cash payments only. No pay, no play. 
  • Pitch quality can be poor. 

My Experience

I’ve played a few times with the Lisbon Lowest League, mainly at the Tecnico pitch, which was well-organized. Despite some holes and tears in the astroturf posing slight hazards, overall, it was an enjoyable experience.

My Rating

Facility Quality: ★★★☆☆

My experience is limited to the Tecnico pitch, which, as previously mentioned, could use some repairs. Aside from that, the venue does provide toilet facilities.

Community Engagement: ★★★★★

The club’s social scene is vibrant, bringing together expats and locals alike for various events beyond the football pitch.

Accessibility: ★★★★★

Their centrally located pitches in Lisbon ensure excellent accessibility, whether you’re walking, using public transport, taking a taxi, driving, or riding an e-scooter.

Variety of Options: ★★★★☆

Midweek and weekend matches are scheduled to cater to a range of preferences. 

On Wednesdays, 7-a-side games run from 8 to 9 PM at Escola Rainha Dona Amélia for €5.

Sundays offer more play, with 7-a-side matches at Tecnico Rugby from 11 AM to 2 PM, which includes drinks for the same fee. 

The early session features a rotating four-team league with 15-minute matches, ensuring each team plays four games. 

Post-noon, the World League takes over with a continuous 60-minute game, and the results are tallied for competitive spirit.

Value for Money: ★★★★★

At the time of writing the cost is just €5 per game.

Overall Experience: ★★★★★

Though my time with this group hasn’t been as extensive as with others, my encounters have been very positive.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this group to anyone seeking a more relaxed approach to football, ideally suited for beginner to intermediate skill levels, and those looking to connect with expats.

Staying Safe and Healthy

Now, I don’t mean to come across as patronizing, but these are all lessons I’ve learned the hard way. The amount of times I’ve burned my shoulders, had my shins bloodied after a clumsy foul, and torn my hamstring (twice) you wouldn’t believe! 

  • Remember to apply sunscreen during the summer.
  • Always use shin guards for protection.
  • Take time for a proper stretch and warm-up before playing.
  • Stay hydrated and keep a glucose source handy.

Where to Buy Football Equipment in Lisbon?

I can’t recommend Decathlon highly enough. I managed to buy astroturf boots for €17, shorts, shin pads, socks, a t-shirt all for 5€ each! Call me cheap, I don’t care, I still shoot wide just as often while wearing my Adidas Predators 😉 

If you’re looking to spend a little more check out https://sportzone.pt/. They have a number of stores dotted around Lisbon and have a large selection of designer items.  

Wrapping Up

We’ve explored a variety of pitches, communities, and football styles across Lisbon. From casual kickabouts to structured league play, there’s a spot for every type of football enthusiast. 

Remember, whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just looking to have some fun, staying safe and healthy is key—so don’t skimp on the sunscreen and always come prepared.

If you feel I’ve overlooked a hidden gem or you have a favorite place to play that deserves a shout-out, don’t keep it to yourself. 

Leave a comment and share your insights. 

After all, the best recommendations often come from the local community. 

Let’s keep the conversation going and ensure that this guide truly is the definitive resource for all things football in Lisbon.

Additional Resources

Below are some valuable links for further exploration:

Discover all the amateur teams participating in the Lisbon League at Inatel Sports..

Check out the 7-a-side league at Minifootball.pt  for more competitive play.

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