Mini Football Programme
Sunday Mornings – 8am, 9am or 10am
Each team will need one ‘coach’ to help the kids on the pitch and also provide a referee to referee half of the game (or agree with the opponents before the game that one person will referee the whole game). The coach may also require help from the manager or another volunteer to help with the substitutions.
If your team needs to default the game for any reason, please contact your grade coordinator as soon as possible so alternative arrangements can be made for the opposing team.
10-11 players per team
Training Pitch or 1/4 of a full pitch with 4m x 2m goals
The focus is on educating the players and helping them to learn the simple rules whilst enjoying their football e.g. it's fine to let a goalkeeper restart play again if they kicked the ball out of their hands.
- 7v7 games including goalkeepers (rolling subs)
- 2 x 25-minute halves with 5 minute half time
Teams will play games in 3 batches: Rounds 1 - 4, and 5 - 9 we will aim to group teams with others of similar ability, and then for rounds 10-14 we will place teams in 7 groups of 6 teams to finish the season with 7 group winners!.
The coach or manager should email the game results to the Grade Coordinator by 4:00pm on Sunday.
Start and Restart of Play: A game is started with a kick to a teammate from the middle of the halfway line. When a goal is scored, play is restarted at the halfway line with the side conceding the goal taking the kick-off as per the start of play.
Scoring Goals: A goal is scored when the whole ball crosses the whole of the line.
Ball Crossing the Touch Line: Throw in. The ball should be thrown in to play from behind the touchline. The player should face the field of play with both feet either behind or on the touchline. Players must use both hands to deliver the ball from behind and over their head.
Ball Crossing the Goal Line: Last touched by defending team – A corner kick is awarded.
Last touched by attacking team – Goal kick from anywhere within the penalty area. Opponents retreat to the Retreating Line.
Goalkeepers: The Goalkeeper is allowed to handle the ball anywhere in the penalty area. To restart play after a save or gathering the ball with their hands, the ball must be thrown from the hands or played from the ground with their feet. The Goalkeeper is not allowed to kick or drop-kick the ball directly from their hands.
NOTE - 8 of the 10 fields don’t have penalty areas marked out so please be supportive of goalkeepers when they use their hands. If you think they are too far out when using them then let them know in a supportive manner for next time.
Fouls and Misconduct: There are only indirect free kicks for fouls e.g. when a player: trips/kicks/pushes an opponent; holds/pulls an opponent; handles the ball deliberately; plays in a dangerous manner.
A deliberate handball or serious misconduct in the penalty area may lead to the awarding of a penalty kick 7 metres from the goal line.
Offside: The ‘retreating line’ rules are in use to introduce the concept of the ‘offside rule’. Learn more about the 'retreating line' watch the video or download the booklet. Only blatant offsides for ‘seagulling’ are awarded.
'Retreating line - this should be used for all games with the main aim to encourage teams to pass the ball out from the goalkeeper under less pressure initially. Cones (at the side of the field) and flat discs (on-field) can be used to show the retreating lines.'
All supporters should watch games from behind the fence or on the balcony and provide encouragement to all players.