About MAN v FAT Football


MAN v FAT Football is for men everywhere who love football and who want to lose weight. During the leagues MAN v FAT supports you to lose weight and each week as well as playing a 30-minute football match, you also weigh in before the game. You and your team earn bonus goals from the weigh-in results which are added to the score on the football pitch. Uniquely, MAN v FAT Football rewards players not just for winning games but for losing weight.

If you're a bloke who enjoys football and wants to lose weight then this is for you. If you want more information or to ask any questions then take a look here.


MAN v FAT Football leagues started in the UK in January 2016 as a scheme with Solihull Council. In that scheme 95% of players lost weight and 62% hit their 5% weight loss target. We're using all of the information we've collected to improve the performance of the leagues and to help even more men. We are the first weight loss scheme to ever be officially endorsed by the Football Association. Due to popular demand the leagues are now launching all around the UK.

If you are a football club, company or local authority who would like to work with us to bring MAN v FAT Football to your area then please contact us on football@manvfat.com or call us on 0845 163 0042.

Your questions answered


MAN v FAT Football is a football league only for guys who want to lose weight. Every player is in the same situation and wants the same thing - to enjoy football, lose weight and get healthier. Uniquely, the league is decided not just on points won, but pounds lost. We give support to every player with unique resources, inspiration and 24/7 support to help you lose weight, get fitter and enjoy the beautiful game.

Read one of our player’s views on the league here

For live leagues (these are leagues that are currently running) it costs £9.99 to register as a player, or £17.99 with a copy of the five star rated The MAN v FAT Weight Loss Manual (RRP £12.99). You then sign up to a league and pay £25 per month - £30 per month, depending on location

For planned leagues (these are leagues that will become live leagues when we have enough players signed up to start them) it costs £1 to register as a player. We take this payment to reserve your place and so that we can verify your identity. When we have enough players to start the league you would be charged the remaining £8.99 to register fully and when your league started you would pay the monthly membership fee. If you cancel the payment with us then we assume that you do not want to be part of the league any more and you are deleted from the system.

If you are eligible for a funded place then you pay nothing to register or play - your costs have already been covered by a funder, most often your local authority or a national funding body such as Sport England. Sometimes the funder asks us to take a deposit for players to ensure that they turn up - if this is the case then this deposit will be refunded providing you attend at least 10 of the first 14 weeks of your membership from the date you join (which seems fair!)

The cost to your health of not signing up is potentially tragic.

That depends on how much you put into the league and how much of the support you take (the more, the better!) In an assessed 14 week pilot scheme run by Solihull Council, players lost 22lbs on average, with 62% hitting their 5% body weight target. The maximum weight lost by one player was 67lbs and the maximum bodyweight percentage lost was 26%. 95% of players lose weight.
Because they love football and hate being fat. They see all the things that their weight is cheating them of: the ability to play with their children (or how it’s embarrassing their kids), how much their body hurts with aching joints, snoring and wheezing every time they climb the stairs, never finding any clothes that fit... the list goes on. All of them join with the motivation to lose weight and do so in a way that is truly enjoyable and inspiring.
Because the leagues are not just decided on the games won on the pitch, but also on the weight lost off it, you can join a team as a non-playing member. This means that you weigh in every week and support your team. Your weight loss counts towards your team’s success. When you’ve lost enough weight to feel comfortable joining in then you can get involved on the pitch.
Approximately 80% of players do. We put you into teams and help you to get to know the other players. Equally, if you have friends, colleagues or family who also want to lose weight then join with them and you can be in the same team. We even pay you a fiver for every player you introduce to the league.
We have a number of live leagues all over the country. Enter your postcode or nearest city in the 'Find A League' tab at the top of this page to get a full run-down of nearby leagues you can register with now. We also have a number of Planned leagues where we are recruiting players and will launch a league in that area when we have enough guys signed up. Give us a call if you're a football club, company or local authority who wants to bring a league to your area - 0845 163 0042.
Take a look at our full list of FAQ here. If that doesn't answer your question give us a call on 0845 163 0042 or email us on football@manvfat.com and we’ll do our best to help.