2.70a VERTEX GROUPS - FACE GROUPS

Is there a way to group faces, rather than vertices?

If I have 3 faces in a row - 1, 2, 3 - and put 1 and 3 in a vertex group, then when I select that group, face 2 gets selected as well since it shares vertices with 1 and 2. It would be handy to have face groups, but I’ve never heard of it.

Thanks for any clues.

There is no face group functionality

Workarounds depend on what you actually want to do
If you want certain faces as selection sets you can give them a material and select by material.
You could mark the outlines as sharp/freestyle/crease etc then select one edge and use Shift+G to select similar edges

Thanks. Good plan - to select by material. That’s about the same number of steps as creating face groups would be.