Does the kick off of the English Premier League make you want to dust off those studs? Did your watching Shaqiri’s jaw-dropping goal at Copa America make you long to try it out yourself? While sports bars are packed with enthusiastic fans, we’re here to suggest an alternative way to celebrate. Grab a friend {or four}, pack your kit and head to these football arenas in Bangalore. You never know, you could even give India hope to someday qualify for the Olympics!

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XLR8 – Indoor Sports Arena

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Photo Source: XLR8 India

Just 4 kms from Hebbal, XLR8’s signature green nets grab eyeballs. Football tournaments are conducted routinely but private sessions can be conducted with prior booking. If you live in that side of town, this is a fun place to break a sweat! If you’re serious about your game, then bring out more than 12 people on pitch and you’ll get an official referee too.

Kicks On Grass

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Photo Source: Kicks On Grass

Having just relayed their turf and improved the lighting, now’s a great time to visit Kicks on Grass. South Bangaloreans, heads up! Keep track of their Facebook page for tournaments and friendly games. In fact, there’s one scheduled for August. Here’s a revamped arena to show ’em what you’re made off.

Play Arena

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Photo Source: Play Arena

A whopping 15,000 sq ft of FIFA-approved astro-turf is what you’ll get here. What more do you need? Switch off the television and get into the sport for real! And make a day of it by trying out Paintball, rock climbing, laser tag and even go-karting right here. Get this: after your session, you can even stop by Xtreme Sports Bar upstairs to grab a beer and recount the highlights, in true footy style!

Astro Arena

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Photo: Anmol Joshi

Another arena that hosts football tournaments frequently, Astro Arena’s astro-turf and its floodlights are always well received. Book a game, show off your skills and leave feeling like a football star. Did you know their ground is one of the biggest in Bangalore? We’re hopeful that the next Messi will come out of this arena.

Power Play

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Photo Source: Powerplay

Power Play sprawls over four acres in the growing hub of Whitefield. Unsurprisingly, it’s the go-to destination of working professionals in the ITPL area to let off some steam. Due to its popularity, we recommend booking way in advance at Power Play. Go on, pick up that phone already!

Feature Photo: Play Arena