Children’s Academy

U-10/11S Rules/Guidelines

U-10/11’s Small Sided Games (SSG) Guidelines

  • Non-trophy football – NO results posted by League, nor league tables kept (Exception for U-11s Sept-Nov 2016 short season)
  • 7-a-side teams
  • Roll-on Roll-off
  • 25 mins each way
  • Size 5 Ball, 320 grams in weight
  • Shin pads compulsory
  • No jewellery, earrings etc
  • Panel of players for teams is 10-12 players
  • League Divisions of 8-10 teams
  • RETREAT LINE – 6 metres from  end line, mark with flat YELLOW ‘cones’/disk.
  • One opponent allowed remain within retreat line to introduce element of pressure
  • Keeper kicks ball from ground or rolls it out after ball goes over end-line
  • Keeper may not handle ball from back pass.
  • Keeper may not kick ball out of hands
  • Normal throw-ins  and corner kicks apply
  • Rope pitches off at 2 metres distance from pitch side.
  • Coaches and substitutes from both teams on same side of pitch.
  • All players to be given game time – half game as far as possible
  • Dimensions: 60×35 metres, max 65×40 metres.
  • Penalty spot is 8 metres from goal.

U-10s SPECIFIC Small Side Games (SSG) Guidelines

  • Results from U-9s etc inform league in allocating teams to U-10  divisions
  • Re-grading after Christmas based on survey and results reported
  • When keeper is taking kick-out or rolling ball out. Ball is in play when keeper releases ball.
  • Keeper may not kick ball out of hands, but can kick off ground as a pass (not long or high).  Keeper may roll or throw ball out. Keeper not allowed handle ball from back pass.
  • Throw-ins after ball goes out over side lines.
  • Normal rules for corner kicks.
  • Guidelines kept under review.

 

U-11s SPECIFIC  Small Side Games (SSG) Guidelines

  • League appoints ref as far as possible
  • Promotion to u-12s divisions to be based on results and cup competitions that are expected to be held next year 2017.

 

U-8/9’s Small Sided Games (SSG) Guidelines

U-8/9’s Small Sided Games (SSG) Guidelines

  • Non-trophy football, no match cards, no results, no league tables
  • 2 x 5-a-side games, with one substitute on each team
  • Roll-on Roll-off
  • A 7-a-side pitch to be used, 5 v 5 on each half of the pitch.
  • If smaller number of players travel to games, reduce numbers accordingly, loaning players to a team if necessary so games are played.
  • Maximum of 14 is recommended in a team, i.e. 2 x 5 players with each team having 2 substitutes
  • All players to be given 30 minutes play at a minimum
  • 16×6 ft goals to be turned on their back to reduce size
  • PERIODS OF TIME: 4 quarters x 12 mins or 4 x 10 mins with 2 min breaks
  • Dimensions: 40×25 metres, max 45×25 metres.
  • Change personnel on teams particularly to make games more evenly balanced
  • No REF required, but use SUPERVISOR for each game officiating from side of pitch, i.e. a club official or adult agreed by both sides.
  • Rope pitches off at 2 metres distance from pitch side, using cones to mark out line behind which spectators must remain
  • Coaches and substitutes to remain on same side of the pitch
  • Size 5 Ball, 290 grams in weight for U-8s,
  • Size 5 Ball, 310 grams in weight for U-9s
  • RETREAT LINE – Divide pitch into thirds, mark with flat YELLOW ‘cones’/disk.
    • Keeper passes ball or rolls it or throws it to team-mate after the ball has gone over end-line or a goal was scored (NO booting ball up pitch)
    • Retreat Line only applies when ball goes over the goal-line or end-line
    • Keeper may not kick ball out from his hands
    • Opposing players must remain outside Retreat Line until defender has touched the ball which he has received from keeper
  • THROW-IN : Nearest player to ball recommences play by dribbling the ball into play or kicking from ground.
  • Not possible to score from throw-in
  • CORNER KICKS apply as normal
  • NO PENALTY KICKS, as indirect free is awarded instead
  • FREE KICKS are all indirect, with opponents 5 metres away
  • League Divisions of 6-10 teams, but may vary depending on numbers applying
  • Divisions to be regional as far as possible
  • Shin pads compulsory
  • No jewellery, earrings etc
  • Results from U-8s, surveys etc inform league in allocating teams to U-10  divisions
  • Re-grading after Christmas based on survey and results reported
  • Additional games to be arranged if divisional games are completed early

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