Growing up as a football fan and player in Delhi can be hard. As a young fan, if you didn’t support Manchester United {and I didn’t}, you were ostracised from conversation. As a young player, you had to get used to the fact that sometimes there was just nowhere to play.

You’d try and sneak a game in a private park while the guards were away, or, worse yet, in a public park where there were about 4.5 children per square metre, or you’d have to sign up for a Sunday league. These days it is infinitely easier to get a game, as long as you have enough friends, and some cash. With that in mind, check out these eight locations where you can book, pay and play!

Eden Sports Academy

11754594_903342026389280_832503975215987996_oWith training programmes for cricket, tennis and football, the Eden Sports Academy covers its bases. Trained by a team of experienced coaches Eden position themselves as a good after-school activity. However, they also offer ‘pay as you play’ booking options for all three sports.

With a large pitch, Eden offers enough space for an 11-a-side game. Get a large group together and split the four hour fee.

Where: Behind D-1, Near Heritage School, Institute of Liver & Billary & DDA Swimming Pool Complex, Vasant Kunj

Nearest Metro Station: Chattarpur

Timings: 8am – 8pm

Price: INR 6,000 for 4 hours, INR 8,000 for the full day

Contact: +91 9810957070, +91 9560519279

Follow them on Facebook here.

Dwarka Sports Complex

For football fanatics in Dwarka who don’t have the time to get to south Delhi, there is always the Dwarka Sports Complex that, besides hosting a variety of other sports, also rents out their football pitch at a reasonable hourly rate.

Where: Sector 11, Dwarka

Nearest Metro Station: Dwarka Sector 12

Timings: 7am – 9am; 3pm – 5pm

Price: INR 1,100 – 1,200 {rates are per hour}

Contact: 011 25089733, 011 28032169, +91 9811345469

Siri Fort Sports Complex

1064799_483222975099063_1745931494_oWe remember the days when we’d have to go to Siri Fort Sports Complex for Taekwondo lessons, or run laps around the massive cricket pitch, or sneak onto the hockey field to get in a quick game of football. No sneaking anymore, as we now have the finances to just book the field!

Where: Siri Fort Sports Complex Road, Asian Games Village Complex, Siri Fort, August Kranti Marg

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas

Timings: 6am – 9pm

Price: INR 300 + taxes {rates are per hour}

Contact: +91 9810479274

Follow them on Facebook here.

Aravali Sports Academy

If you’ve got some cash to spare, then Aravali Sports Academy has a full-sized pitch {and natural turf} to rent. While their rates are steep, it can be easier for Gurgaon footballers to get a community game together, and split the cost, rather than trek to some parts of Delhi. You can only book on the weekends.

Where: Sector 37, Udyog Vihar Industrial Area Phase VI, Khandsa Road, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: HUDA City Centre

Timings: Anytime on the weekends

Price: INR 10,000 for half a day, INR 15,000 for a full day

Contact: +91 9891064008

Vasant Kunj Sports Complex

12466120_1539991896311487_8810114762323013639_oThe conveniently located Vasant Kunj sports complex is an outdoor space where children come to play cricket in the batting nets, the Delhi rugby teams hold games and sessions, and amateur footballers host tournaments. While booking the field can be a pain {you have to take a registration form to their office in the same area}, the field is well maintained. Good for an 8-on-8 game {though you can have more, or less}.

Where: D-II, Vasant Kunj

Nearest Metro Station: Chattarpur

Timings: 6.30am– 12am

Price: INR 573 for weekdays, INR 859 for weekends {rates are per hour}

Contact: 011 26136731, 011 26136732

Saket Sports Complex

Like Vasant Kunj and Siri Fort, the Saket Sports Complex is affiliated with the DDA, and offers a large selection of different sports. With a large field, Saket is good for six to nine a side games. The field is open from 11am – 3pm, and bookings can be made per hour.

Where: Opposite Marriott Hotel, Saket

Nearest Metro Station: Malviya Nagar

Timings: 6am – 9pm; 11am – 3pm {for football}

Price: INR 1,000 for weekdays, INR 2,000 for weekends {rates are per hour}

Contact: 011 29561742, 011 29561581, 011 29561678

Tricky Taka

12183960_444087532430971_3542823924519057323_o copyA facility dedicated solely to football, Tricky Taka is one of the first centres to offer state-of-the-art astro turf and artificial grass pitches. With 5-a-side fields and iron cages for cage football {which is always exhilarating} they are a solid bet if you can only rustle up a small group to play. They also host mini football tournaments, where they charge entry fees per team, as well as a payout for winners and runner-ups. Their rates are by the hour.

Where: 25, Green Avenue, Vasant Kunj

Nearest Metro Station: Chattarpur

Timings: 6am – 11.30pm

Price: INR 1,800 during the day, INR 2,500 post 6pm, floodlit {rates are per hour}

Contact: +91 9876700219, +91 9968037655

Follow them on Facebook here.

Passerine Sports Academy 

A well-equipped academy in Gurgaon, Passerine Sports Academy offers something for everyone. Indoor activities include yoga and Zumba, and sports include cricket, football, tennis and rugby. They offer an entire field for 11-a-side games, or a 7-a-side pitch for smaller groups.

Where: Inside Emmar MGF Complex, Sec-65, Golf Course Ext. Road, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: HUDA City Centre

Timings: 8am – 4pm {football only}. Sunday all day.

Price: INR 2,000 for the full pitch, INR 1,500 for 7-a-side

Contact: +91 9711772894, +91 9711772893

Find out more here. Follow them on Facebook here.

Feature Image Courtesy: Passerine Sports Academy