Multi Use Games Areas

Multi Activities – the ball’s in your court

From the moment the Aztecs and Mayans discovered a latex that formed into a bouncing spherical object, ball games have been part of life. That’s 5,000 years of searching for the perfect place to play. The games vary as much as the balls and surfaces, but in common they have evolved to get the most competitive fun out of the experience. 

The perfect place to have that experience is in a MUGA, KOMPAN’s Multi Use Games Area. As the name suggests the venue is open to play forms of established sports like soccer, basketball, tennis, hockey, but excitingly it is a perfect place to invent variations. It is where the rules are not necessarily written, but most certainly agreed. The only common rule is to have healthy fun. The MUGA is to sport what a convenience store is to shopping. It provides an optimized arena, a focal point for activity, somewhere to specifically designed to satisfy a need. In rural or urban areas these compact stadiums are an important social asset, a tool to create a healthy and caring community.

Soccer started as a bawdy street game, evolved at university to conform to rules and then grow into a global industry. The rules say eleven-a-side, but the size of the pitch is open to fairly wide interpretation. FIFA states that the pitch should be somewhere between 90 and 120 meters long by 45 to 90 wide – the MUGA’s range from 6x12 meters to 20x39 meters – in fact there are 36 different shapes and sizes - and when you take in the variations of colour, entrances, heights, sport options, you end up with potentially 40,000+ different arenas. This diversity is not change for change’s sake, it is because each of the variations caters for a particular situation or precise needs.  


Frequently asked questions about our Multisport products

How many can play at any one time?

The various sizes determine how many can participate. The nature of the arenas and what sport is being played tends to self-balance the numbers. Most teens have groups of close friends, the perfect number for a quick game. Soccer is said to have eleven-aside because they ‘borrowed’ their first rules from cricket. Somehow that number seems to fit perfectly onto a pitch.


What is the difference between an arena and a stadium?

Stadiums tend to have larger seating capacity, American Football, soccer and rugby are played in stadiums. Ice hockey, basketball and handball in arenas, usually to audiences of less that 20,000. The word arena incidentally comes from the Roman name for the sand used to cover the ground after a bloody gladiatorial fight. With MUGA, the A relates to area, although it is a perfect arena.   

How do we find out what shape and size is best?

At KOMPAN the process always begins with consultation. It is through constant dialogue that the options are weighed and considered before arriving at the perfect solution.  Knowing the wishes of the targeted participants is the best starting point.