The Football Association Laws for Mini-Soccer

The guide in the link above provides the Laws of the game for Under 7 to Under 10 age groups. Please note that the Powerplay Rule as described in the attached document is currently not used by the Taunton & District Youth League.

Please remember:

Under 7 to Under 10 are not permitted to play in leagues where results are collected or published or winner trophies are presented, this is deemed to be detrimental to the development of the player and the game.

These Laws are mandatory unless special permission is granted by The Football Association.

Playing Area

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Goal Size
The distance between the posts is 12ft and the distance between the lower edge of the cross bar and the ground is 6ft.

Number of Players
Maximum number per team, including goalkeeper for  U7/U8 = 5 and for U9/U10 = 7

Matches can begin with 5v4 for U7/U8 and 7v6 for U9/U10 but the importance and ethos of Mini-Soccer should be upheld wherever possible and the development of the children should come before the score line.

Players must play with and against players only from their own age range, as per Football Association and Competition rules. Each team must not have a squad greater than double the size of the team per age. Any number of substitutes, without being named, may be used at any time with the permission of the referee. A player who has been  replaced may return to the playing area as a substitute for another player. All team members should receive equal playing time where possible, with a best practice recommendation of at least 50% per player for each game.

Number of Players
U7 and U8 children are permitted to roll the ball underarm with one or both hands into the field of play. The role of the referee is to also  allow young players to learn the game. This may involve letting players take throw-ins again, if incorrect technique is used. The referee should ensure the same player attempts a second time, with guidance and help from the match official.

Mini Football Format

Mini football is played on a Saturday morning (kick off 10:00) and will be played in the following format:

  • Game 1:  Raiders Team A v Saints Team A
  • Game 2: Hawks Team B v Saints Team B
  • Game 3: Hawks Team B v Saints Team A
  • Game 4: Raiders Team A v Saints Team B

 

U7 and U8 Age Groups (5 v 5)

Duration of play shall be two halves of 10 minutes each way (20 minutes each game) for U7 and U8 age groups.  The maximum playing time in any one day for U7 and U8s is 40 minutes.

Retreat Line:

Opponents must retreat to their own half until the ball is in play. The defending team does not have to wait for the opposition to retreat and has the option to restart the game should they choose to

The ball is in play when it is kicked directly out of the penalty area

Throw-Ins:

U7 and U8 children are permitted to roll the ball underarm with one or both hands into the field of playThe role of the referee is to also allow young players to learn the game.  This may involve letting the players take throw-ins again, if incorrect technique is used

The referee should ensure the same player attempts a second time, with the guidance and help from the match official

Results:

Results are not published for U7 and U8 age groups.

U9 and U10 Age Groups (7 v 7)

Duration of play shall be two halves of 15 minutes each way (30 minutes each game) for U9 and U10 age groups.  The maximum playing time in any one day for U9 and U10s is 60 minutes.

 

Retreat Line:
Opponents must retreat to their own half until the ball is in play
The defending team does not have to wait for the opposition to retreat and has the option to restart the game should they choose to

The ball is in play when it is kicked directly out of the penalty area

 

Throw-Ins:
The role of the referee is to also allow young players to learn the game.  This may involve letting the players take throw-ins again, if incorrect technique is used

The referee should ensure the same player attempts a second time, with the guidance and help from the match official

 

Results:
Results are not published for U9 and U10 age groups. U10 teams must submit their results for each game on the full time website in accordance with league rules
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