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Football Pitches in the Parks and Open Spaces

We have 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.

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 completing 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. 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.

Fees - hiring a pitch

Full details can be found in Football Pitch Fees.

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.

Alternative Facility

  • Where a football organisation has pre-booked a facility and the facility can not be delivered by the Council, we reserve the rights to find an alternative facility. However this does not apply to facilities or services that have been damaged. Where the Council is unable to identify an alternative venue we reserve the right for any reimbursements or refunds.

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.

Football in Leisure Centres

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

All weather pitches

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

Dell Stadium

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.

Additional Information

Goal posts

We will provide goalposts 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.

Pitch markings

  • We will make every attempt to mark all football pitches.
  • 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 the 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.

Frequently asked questions

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, the second half season payment will be due January. Payment for mini-soccer pitches must be made in full during October.

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.

Where are the football pitches and facilities?

Location of the football pitches in the parks

Facilities are available at all some of the venues for changing and showering.