The age group specific resources include information about ethos and rationale behind the changes, ideas for implementing change and Laws of Mini-Soccer. Please note that elements such as retreat line, playing development matches in quarters and roll-ins for U7/U8 are optional for the 2012-13 season. The ball size for U9’s being a 3 is mandatory, as per The FA's Standard Code of Rules – Youth Competitions.
The book for U11/12 includes Laws of the Game for 9v9 football. Previously The FA did not have a bespoke set of laws and there was a hybrid of different versions being played so this is now the definitive set. It is worth noting that this includes offside, which is not optional.
The leagues resource has been developed to support league volunteers with implementing these elements too. This has been developed by a leagues working party of a variety of volunteers from across the country to ensure the information is relevant for their peers.
For further information, or should you have any requests or questions, please refer to The FA website, which can be accessed by clicking here.
The retreat line is mandatory when a goal kick is awarded in Under 7, 8, 9 and 10s mini soccer.
The advice offered is “The halfway line acts as a retreat line on goal kicks. The opponents must drop off to the halfway line to help the goalkeeper learn to play out from the back. However, if they want to play quickly they can do. The ball is in play as soon as it leaves the goal area – this Law is mandatory.
Further to the recent correspondence received from The FA (please click here for attachment) and following subsequent consultation with leagues across the North Riding County, the Association has decided that it is prepared to consider applications for dispensation.
A separate application and justification will have to be submitted to this Association for each individual player by the relevant Club Secretary on the Player Dispensation Request Form.