Playing Formats / Times / Dimensions

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Playing Formats / Times / Dimensions...

duration of matches | extra time | max playing time | match ball | goal size | pitch size

Duration of Matches top

Matches shall be played to the following durations:

Under 7 & 8 - 20 minutes each half

Under 9 & 10 - 25 minutes each half

Under 11 & 12 - 30 minutes each half

Under 13 & 14 - 35 minutes each half

Under 15 & 16 - 40 minutes each half

Under 17 & 18 - 45 minutes each half

 

The Referee has the authority to reduce the duration time played by 10 minutes each way due to inclement weather or where the elements may reduce the light to complete League or Cup fixtures. Both teams’ managers to be informed before kick-off.

 

Extra Time - Knock-out cups & Play-off matches top

In all Preliminary Rounds, Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals of all of the internal Cup Competition matches, if the scores are equal at the end of normal time extra time shall be played, as follows:

  • The Mini-Soccer age groups shall play 5 mins each way
  • The Under 11’s to 16’s age groups shall play 10 mins each way
  • The Under 17 & 18 age group shall play 15 mins each way

If the scores are still equal after extra time penalties shall be taken in accordance with F.I.F.A. Rules to decide the winner .

 

In the under 10 to under 12 age group Cup-Finals if the scores are still equal after extra time there shall be no penalties.

The Cup will be shared equally by the two finalists.

 

In the under 13 to under 18 age group Cup-Finals if the scores are still equal after extra time there shall be penalty kicks in accordance with F.I.F.A. Rules to decide the winner.

 

Maximum Playing Time top

The FA sets out maximum lengths of time a player can play in any one day as follows:

Under 7 & 8 - 40 minutes per day

Under 9 & 10 - 60 minutes per day

Under 11 to 18 - 100 minutes per day

 

It is the responsiblity of the parent/carer or organisation to ensure the child does not exceed this.

 

Match Balls top

Should be safe and made of leather or another suitable material.

Recommended sizes are as follows:

Under 7 to 9 - size 3

Under 10 to 14 - size 4

Under 15 & over - size 5

 

Please advise the Referees Secretary if the home team fails to provide a satisfactory match ball, nets or flag posts.

 

Goal Sizes top

Age Group Format Goal Size
U7 & U8
5v5
12ft x 6ft
U9 & U10
7v7
12ft x 6ft
U11 & U12
9v9
16ft x 7ft (21ft x 7ft permitted)
U13 & U14
11v11
21ft x 7ft (24ft x 8ft permitted)
U15 to U18
11v11
24ft x 8ft

 

Pitch Sizes top

Age Group Format

max

length

min

length

max

width

min

width

U7 & U8
5v5
40yds
30yds
30yds
20yds
U9 & U10
7v7
60yds
50yds
40yds
30yds
U11 & U12
9v9
80yds
70yds
50yds
40yds
U13 & U14
11v11
100yds
90yds
60yds
50yds
U15 & U16
11v11
110yds
90yds
70yds
50yds
U17 & U18
11v11
130yds
100yds
100yds
50yds

 

9v9 pitch

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