Age Group Rules

For 2020/21 Season:

Under 6’s (Born between 01/09/14 to 31/08/15)

Under 7’s (Born between 01/09/13 to 31/08/14)

Under 8’s (Born between 01/09/12 to 31/08/13)

Under 9’s (Born between 01/09/11 to 31/08/12)

Under 10’s (Born between 01/09/10 to 31/08/11)

Under 11’s (Born between 01/09/09 to 31/08/10)

Under 12’s (Born between 01/09/08 to 31/08/09)

Under 13’s (Born between 01/09/07 to 31/08/08)

Under 14’s (Born between 01/09/06 to 31/08/07)

Under 15’s (Born between 01/09/05 to 31/08/06)

Under 16’s (Born between 01/09/04 to 31/08/05)

Under 18’s (Born between 01/09/02 to 31/08/04)

Exceptions may be made for players whose development will be better suited playing up an age category.
Players will not be allowed to play down an age category under any circumstances nor play for another team within the same age group.

The Ball
The ball should be size 3 for Under 6’s to Under 8’s
The ball should be size 4 for Under 9’s to Under 12’s
The ball should be size 5 for Under 13’s to Under 18’s

Playing Equipment
Players must wear shin guards and goalkeepers must wear a distinguishing playing strip. Shin guards must be covered entirely by the socks.
Players must wear the appropriate clothing dependent on the weather.
Correct footwear must be worn for the surface of the pitch e.g. no metal studs on artificial grass pitches.

Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws for football in connection with the match to which they have been appointed.
Furthermore, referees should also recognize their role is to facilitate learning of the players, for example, allow young children to take a second attempt at a throw-in if
the first is not within the Laws.

*Duration of the Game
U6 to U7 – Round Robin set of fixtures within same hour

U8 to U10 – 44 Minutes

U11 to U12 – 50 Minutes

U13 to U15 – 60 Minutes

U16 – 70 Minutes

U18 – 80 Minutes

*Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all games for season one 2020/21 from U8 to U18 will be 7 a side. 

Season One 2020/21 7 a side timings are as follows:

U8 to U10 – 44 Minutes 

U11 to U18 – 50 minutes

The offside rule is NOT applied from U7 to U10

The offside rule is applied from U11 to U18

*For season one 2020/21, offsides will not be applicable for all age groups due to 7 a side format. 

Fouls and Misconduct
Normal rules apply, as per Laws of Association Football.

A free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the goalkeeper:
a. Touches the ball again with his/her hands after it has been released from his/her possession and has not touched any other player
b. Touches the ball with his/her hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him/her by a team mate
c. Touches the ball with his/her hands after he/she has received it directly from a throw in taken by a team mate.

For all these offences, the free kick should be taken from the penalty area line,
parallel with the goal line, at the nearest point to the offence.

Free Kicks
For all free kicks opponents must be 5 or 10 yards from the ball depending on age category.

Penalty Kicks
Normal rules apply, as per Laws of Association Football.

All players except the defending goalkeeper and kicker must be outside the penalty area and at least 5 yards from the penalty mark.
The ball must be kicked forward.

Normal rules apply, as per Laws of Association Football.

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.

Goal Kick
A player of the defending team kicks the ball from any point within the penalty area.
Within the Under 6 and Under 7 age category 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 before should they choose to.
The ball is in play when it is kicked directly out the penalty area.

Corner Kick
The opposing players must remain at least 5 yards from the ball until it is in play.
The kicker may not touch the ball again until it has touched another player. If he/she does, a free kick is awarded against them.