Before I get started...honourable shout out to Wanstead Flats, Market Road Pitches and Fisher FC. Three pitches that could've all easily have made the cut but as always, opinions are subjective...REMEMBER THAT!
NOW...down to the nitty gritty.....
5️⃣ pitches, all from different sides of London that is a MUST for any baller to play on.
1) Myatt's Field Park (South London)
Look at it....JUST LOOK AT IT! 👀
A thing of beauty launched in September nicknamed the "Jadon Sancho" pitch after being opened by the Borussia Dortmund midfielder in partnership with Nike in his local area.
The 7-a-side pitch is home to Lambeth Tigers, a South London club founded by coaches who grew David Marriott and Jamahl Jarrett.
“A pitch like this is like a sanctuary for kids, encouraging them to get into football in a safe environment. The cool, bright design is also like a magnet — it’s a place where people will want to get out and play.”
“Growing up in Kennington has made me the man I am today; I owe a lot to South London for nurturing the way I play," Sancho says. "I hope the local kids feel empowered to tell their own stories through football and follow in my footsteps — this pitch being just the ignition point." - Jadon Sancho
2) Westway Sports Centre (West London)
If you're from West London, it's probably easier to ask who hasn't played at Westway than who has! With five 5-a-side pitches, an 11-a-side and two other small -sided areas you're more likely to see Ronaldo playing for England than a pitch at Westway free.
A stone-throw away from Westfield in Shepherds Bush, Westway has seen the likes of AFTV, Rising Ballers and FFD TV to name but a few who have graced the caged off jungle.
3) Haringey Borough (North London)
The home of Haringey Borough FC and many a cup final. Last season saw Lambeth Allstars, AFC Hammersmith and Sporting Continental all win silverware at Coles Park in North London.
Located in Tottenham's famous White Hart Lane, the 3G synthetic pitch and 1500 seater stadium provides a great atmosphere on match-day.
4) Clapham Common (South London)
Clapham Common plays home to both senior men's, women's and junior football teams and clubs. With approximately 8 football pitches available and 2 cricket pitches it is often seen as the hub of football in South London and Central London
The Clapham Common Windmill pub is a very popular destination to visit during the summer months which makes match-day all that more enjoyable win, lose or draw.
5) Hackney Marshes (East London)
Of course I couldn't leave out the Hackney Marshes. Often dubbed the 'home of grassroots football', the East London playing fields is an iconic staple in English football.
With 82 football, rugby and cricket pitches, the marches has even seen the likes of Lionel Messi and Eric Cantona grace the spiritual home of Sunday league football.