Two players from the MANvFAT programme battle for the ball inside a cage.

MANvFAT Football

Where the biggest losers win!

MANvFAT football is a 14-week, six-a-side football league, which has been specifically designed to support overweight and obese men looking to improve their physical and mental health. 

Is MANvFAT Football for me?

Teams of men play weekly football with a weigh-in before kicking off. The goals from the game are added to bonus goals teams can earn through their performance on the scales. The process gamifies weight loss and makes this the only league where losers win!

The league is designed to support men with a multi-layered behaviour change process which engages men through the game and through online and offline support networks.

Players must have a minimum BMI of 27.5 to be eligible for the league.

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JOIN THE BEST manvfat LEAGUE IN THE country... 

Visit and choose either Manchester or Salford as your location.

Each squad has 10 or 11 players. Games are 6-a-side with rolling substitutions.

80% of players sign up on their own so don’t be afraid if you don’t know anyone in the league, you will soon make new friends.

Age is no barrier at MANvFAT. Players ages range from 17-60, with the majority being 28-40 years.

To be eligible to play you have to have a minimum BMI of 27.5. Your BMI can be calculated on the MANvFAT website. If, at any stage, you go below a BMI of 27.5 you are still able to continue playing in the league.

BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres, squared.

Games are 30 minutes. Players are asked to arrive 30 minutes before their kick-off to allow time to weigh in and warm up properly.
Once you have signed up you will be notified by the league coach once there is a space available. Until you hear from the league coach there is no guarantee there is a current space for you in the league.
If you want to lose weight and you enjoy your football then MANvFAT Football is a no-brainer. Set your weight loss goals off the pitch, score goals on the pitch and watch yourself improve at both.
- Mike