Youth Development Review

Kids football is changing for the better. In line with this, please find attached below a number of new resources that have been developed to support implementing the elements of the Youth Development Review affecting grassroots football. These are in preparation for the phasing in of the new elements from 2013/14 season.

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.

Furthermore, to support the implementation of the new concepts and to help people understand why some of these changes are being made, The FA has produced new video content which is available to view at The content includes:

  • Interviews with Sir Trevor Brooking and Nick Levett
  • Films for leagues volunteers
  • Films for coaches
  • Films for parents

All have key messages in them about the rationale and background to the changes to youth football. To take a look, please click here.

For further information, or should you have any requests or questions, please refer to The FA website, which can be accessed by clicking here.

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