A treat for futsal fans, this 46,000 square foot facility includes four multi-purpose courts made of shock-absorbing polypropylene. Born in Uruguay and wildly popular across the Latin world, this indoor version of football is superb for those looking to develop their footwork, first touch and close control. Unlike the more common incarnation of the game, futsal is played with a smaller ball that has less bounce and you can’t pass to your teammates off the walls.
From Dhs300 per hour. Open Sat-Thu 8am-11pm; Fri 8am-noon, 2pm-11pm. Dubai Stars Sportsplex, Al Mizhar Area, behind Arabian Center, www.dubaistars.ae (04 285 3333).
One of the few football-specific arenas in the city with a choice of three pitches, all fitted to the highest standards. Along with giving you the chance to have a kickabout with your mates, you can also arrange to hold your kids’ birthday parties here, or send them along to one of the many football camps FC Dubai sets up through the year. But if showboating is more your thing, then maybe you should sign up for the Séan Garnier Academy and learn the tricks that has made this Frenchman a sensation in the freestyle football world.
From Dhs300 per hour. Open daily 9am-midnight. Al Quoz Industrial Area 1, www.thefcdubai.com (04 348 3869).
This large, multi-purpose arena offers plenty for amateur players – both those who play the game just for the love of it and those with a seriously competitive streak. There are five pitches to choose from, with the five-a-side options usually the domain of teams, companies and social groups looking for somewhere to practise of an evening. The venue also organises regular indoor football leagues and one-day tournaments for both juniors and adults.
From Dhs450 per hour. Open Mon-Sat 9am-11pm. Warehouse 86, Street 17A, Al Quoz 3, www.insportzclub.com (04 347 5833).
This Dubai Sports City facility features one of the only Fifa two-star approved indoor pitches in the UAE. Perfect for those teams who want to bring their training indoors, The Dome is fully air-conditioned and offers the chance for you to play on a full-size pitch without wilting in the heat. Home to a wide range of leagues for various sports, amateur players can have the pleasure of playing on the same turf used for reality show Victorious starring the legendary Diego Maradona.
Prices vary. Dubai Sports City Football Academy, www.footballacademydubai.com (04 448 1555).