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Football Pitches in the Parks and Open Spaces

Young boy striking a ball during a game of football

The Council has a number of 11 a-side, mini soccer and junior (9v9) football pitches available for hire at various parks and open spaces around the borough; some sites have changing room facilities. Our pitches are available to hire on both a seasonal and a casual basis.

How do I book a football pitch at a park?

Seasonal Bookings

Bookings are taken to cover a full or partial football season, running from mid-August through to mid-May. 

If you wish to book a pitch for the season, please use our online Football Pitch Booking form or complete the application form that is available at the bottom of this page. Please read the agreement of hire conditions and also the terms and conditions relating to the hiring of football pitches before signing and returning the form.

Please contact us to discuss the availability of the pitches or to be sent an application form. Please note that priority will be given to existing bookings.

Casual Bookings

Bookings can be made by contacting us using the details at the bottom of this web page. When making a booking, please remember to supply the following information:

  • Name of Team

  • Venue required

  • Start time of match

  • Whether or not you require changing rooms (where available)

Bookings are confirmed once payment has been made. Payments can only be made by cheque with a covering letter.

No games are permitted to take place unless they are pre-booked.

How much would it cost to hire a pitch?

Full details can be found in Football Pitch Fees

How do I pay for an outdoor sports pitch?

Payment for seasonal bookings of the full size pitches may be in two equal instalments. The first half season payment (50% of the total fees) will be due for payment by early October 2017 The second half season payment will be due January 2018. Payment for mini-soccer pitches must be made in full during October 2017.

If you are a registered club but do not have a block booking with Dudley Council you will have to pay for your booking, in advance, by credit or debit card when contacting us, stating where you would like to play.

Teams playing in Dudley & Cradley Heath Football League and Kidderminster & District Football League should make payments direct to their league. Confirmation of bookings will be sent to the League.

Cancellation of a booking

A £34.33 administration fee is payable, if this booking is cancelled for both Casual and Seasonal Books.

The cancellation fee will apply to seasonal bookings, if the booking is cancelled prior to payment of the 1st instalment of pitch fees.

The cancellation fee will apply to casual bookings once the payment has been received.

Allocation of Pitches

The allocation of a football pitch to a team or league by the Council is for a specific day and time (i.e. Sunday morning) and does not entitle the team or league to use the facilities (i.e. pitch or changing room and showers) at any other time. Midweek games are only allowed when fixed as an alternative date for an earlier postponed game and when permission has been granted by the authority.

No team or league shall allow practice games to take place mid-week, otherwise full reinstatement costs will be levied. Any team or league who continually disregard this ruling will be notified in writing on three occasions to cease, failure to comply will result in the removal of all facilities allocated.

Where are the football pitches?

Details of all of the football pitches that are available in the parks can be found at the following link:

Location of the football pitches in the parks 

Changing Rooms and Showers

Facilities are available at all some of the venues for changing and showering. Please see the table above for further information

Pitch availability in the event of adverse weather and ground conditions

Any decisions regarding playability will be left to the referees or leagues.

Any casual match booked, which is subsequently cancelled by referees due to the adverse weather conditions, would be subject a refund or rescheduled.  

Football season

The football season is as follows:.

Season Starts: Weekend 12th /13th August 2017

Season Ends: Weekend 5th /6th May 2018

All weather pitches / Synthetic Venues

Indoor artificial pitches are available at Dudley Leisure Centre and the Crystal Leisure Centre.

Terms and conditions

All football lets are subject to terms and conditions. You can download these from the bottom of this web page.

Goal posts

The Council will provide goal posts for full size pitches (excluding Mini-Soccer pitches) prior to the start of the season; these will then be removed at the end of the season to allow for pitch reinstatement work.

Goal posts for mini soccer and the 9v9 pitches must be supplied by the teams or leagues themselves.

Nets and corner flags are not provided by the Council.

Pitch Markings

Every attempt will be made by Dudley Council to mark all football pitches on a weekly basis commencing 12th August 2017 up to 6th May 2018.

No guarantee of line markings quality in adverse weather conditions is given.

Further markings will be the responsibility of the league or club.

Report a problem with a pitch

Teams should report any defects, damage or otherwise, which is considered a complaint of the service directly to their leagues by telephone before midday on Monday. This should then be confirmed in writing, to the League Secretary within three working days giving the following details: Name of team, nature of complaint, date and time of incident.

The team or league secretary, on receipt of such complaints must then notify the Council using the contact details below giving full details.

If you would like to report a problem with any aspect of the maintenance of a pitch, please use our online form

Please see Grounds Maintenance for further information.

Making a complaint

If you feel we have failed to provide you with good service or are concerned about the progress of your application, please contact us and we will endeavour to resolve any concerns you may have. We also have a formal complaints procedure.

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Football in the Leisure Centres

The Leisure Centres have a number of pitches and courts available for hire for different sports including football.

An indoor artificial pitch is available at Dudley Leisure Centre

A 5-aside football court is available at Crystal Leisure Centre

The Dell Stadium has high quality football pitches, including two full size artificial pitch and a high-quality, floodlit grass football pitch with covered spectator seating.

Parks in the borough

There are many parks within the borough, offering a range of outdoor recreation facilities such as football, tennis, cricket, bowling and croquet. There is probably one within walking distance of your home.

Parks in the borough

Priory Park

Mary Stevens Park

Huntingtree Park

Silver Jubilee Park

Netherton Park

Contact Details

  • Name Football Pitches in Parks
  • Location Parks Development Team, Directorate of the Urban Environment, Lister Road Depot, Lister Road, Dudley, west Midlands, DY2 8JW
  • Phone 01384 815675
  • Opening Times Monday to Friday, 8.45 am to 5.00 pm, Please note that the offices are closed at weekends and Bank Holidays