Small Soccer Stadiums

10. Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium

The arena Real Madrid currently use for their home matches is part of the club’s training facilities. Since soccer’s return from lockdown, Zinedine Zidane’s star-studded side play here behind closed doors to facilitate the renovation of Santiago Bernabéu. The most-decorated European soccer club’s decision to play their games in the ground followed by the Spain national team making a UEFA Nations League tie in the multi-purpose Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium.

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Location: Madrid, Spain
Capacity: 6,000
Inauguration: 2006

9.  Ipurua Stadium

Staying in Spain, minnows Eibar continue to punch beyond their limits in La Liga. An all-seater Ipurua Stadium is one of the smallest stadiums in all of Europe’s top five leagues. The newly-promoted side Huesca’s ground El Alcoraz Stadium has a few hundred less capacity. In so many ways you can relate Eibar with Bournemouth, whose Dean Court was the smallest Premier League stadium before their relegation.

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Location: Eibar, Spain
Capacity: 8,164
Inauguration: 1947

8. Toyota Soccer Field 

Toyota Soccer Field is a high-tech stadium that can be expanded to 18,000 seats. The soccer-specific stadium currently exists as Phase 1. It can hold up to 13,000 for concerts and festivals. There was even a Rugby game hosted in Toyota Soccer Field last year in front of 1000 fans. The design of the small stadium also accommodates American football, boxing, and lacrosse.

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Location: Texas, United States
Capacity: 8,296
Inauguration: 2013

7. Haladás Sportkomplexum

The construction of Haladas Stadium started in 2016. It’s one of the most significant infrastructure improvements in Szombathely during the past two decades. The Hungarian state entirely financed the cost of the stadium. Thus the city of Szombathely is the proprietor of the stadium. As the name suggests (Haladas means Progress), it’s a decent replacement to the former stadium in the city that was Rohonci úti Stadion.

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Location: Szombathely, Hungary
Capacity: 8,903
Inauguration: 2017

6. Estadio Regional de Chinquihue 

After successive renovations in 2011 and 2013, the multi-use stadium currently can only hold 10,000 seated people. It has an original capacity of 11,300 with the highest-ever attendance even reaching 12,217 back in 1998. Like many South American countries, Chile is a football-mad country. The stadiums’ atmosphere is nerve-wracking for coaches and players alike, and this one is no different.

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Location: Puerto Montt, Chile
Capacity: 10,000
Inauguration: 1982

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5. New Meadow (Montgomery Waters Meadow)

Big ties are played both in FA Cup and League Cup right here in this stadium. The recent big occasion involved the all-conquering Liverpool side in which Shrewsbury Town held their own with an enthralling 2-2 draw. The night’s atmosphere was electric, and it’s a great thing for the club that it happened before the global pandemic forced games to be played behind closed doors. In 2007, it replaced Shrewsbury Town’s ground for almost a century, Gay Meadow. 

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Location: Shrewsbury, England
Capacity: 10,210
Inauguration: 2007

4. Guldfågeln Arena 

Sweden is one of the countries blessed with the best soccer grounds. Guldfågeln Arena is located around Hansa City. Sweden boosts one of the best Women’s teams worldwide, and this arena was one of the hosts in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 tournament. It has a natural grass playing soccer field in place. There are also three pitches in the stadium that can be used for practice sessions. One of these training facilities has artificial turf.

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Location: Kalmar, Sweden
Capacity: 11,000
Inauguration: 2011

3. HaMoshava (Petah Tikva Stadium)

Hapoel Petah Tikva and Maccabi Petah Tikva both used this ground since it’s inauguration. This was also one of the stadiums that hosted the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. It’s an all-seater ground with the option of an expansion up to 20,000 seats. HaMoshava also has a 3,000-seat multi-purpose arena and training fields with artificial turf. Surprisingly it wasn’t inaugurated for almost two years after it was completed. HaMoshava staged the 2014 United Supercup, which involved four soccer clubs from Russia and Ukraine.

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Location: Petah Tikva, Israel
Capacity: 11,500
Inauguration: 2011

2. Slavutych-Arena

Slavutych Arena is only used for staging football matches. It replaces Central Stadium Metalurh for the home team Metalurh Zaporizhya. It’s located in the center of Zaporizhya with the central train station and airport nearby. This soccer stadium hosted the Ukrainian Cup final, which was won by giants Shakhtar Donetsk. FC Zorya Luhansk currently play their home games at Slavutych-Arena because of the ongoing conflict in Luhansk. It includes a Europa League fixture against Leicester City earlier this month.

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Location: Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine
Capacity: 12,500
Inauguration: 2006

1. Borisov Arena

And here’s our last small soccer stadium. Borisov Arena staged many continental fixtures because FC BATE Borisov represented Belarus multiple times in both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. It also sees 12 international fixtures played by Belarus soccer national team until this point. The first game played in the ground saw a full capacity of over 11,000 soccer fans. It’s a UEFA Category 4 soccer stadium.

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Location: Barysaw, Belarus
Capacity: 13,126
Inauguration: 2014

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