25-a-side games

jacdac

Senior Member
Lebanese
In the mornings we’d swim the half-mile to the little island in the bay, make love on secret hidden beaches; in the afternoons we’d sit at a bar drinking strong, bitter gin and tonics, watching swarms of beach footballers playing chaotic 25-a-side games on the low-tide sands.
Source: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

What are the 25-a-side games that you play on the beach? What does the bolded expression mean?

Thank you
 
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    ... What are the 25-a-side games that you play on the beach? ...
    In this case they are playing football. That's why they're called "beach footballers" a few words before the bold text.

    I don't know of any games that are usually played by that many people on a side, whether on a beach or elsewhere.
     
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