A football tournament where the score off the pitch is more important than on it is coming to town.

Man V Fat Football was started to help people tackle their weight issues and has chosen Croydon as the next place to tackle.

The man behind the idea was Andrew Shanahan - who himself lost five stone - as he was fed-up with weight loss classes just for women.

"We're thrilled to roll out our effective weight loss leagues to men in Croydon," he said.

"We've seen that Man v Fat Football can have an incredible impact on the health of our players with 95 per cent losing weight and 93 per cent reporting health improvements including curing sleep apnoea to regulating their blood pressure as well as relieving joint pain.

"Our players have lost more than 40 tonnes in weight in 2017 and we know that we’re going to smash that in 2018 with the addition of leagues like the one here in Croydon.”

Before each game, a weigh-in takes place followed by a 30 minute six-a-side football match.

Players can earn extra goal bonuses for their team depending on the number of pounds lost, putting the emphasis on teamwork.

The final result of each match consists of the score on the pitch and the score from the scales.