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Mini Soccer – Under 7s & U8s:

The Field of Play:

·      Size of Pitch – the dimensions shown below are the Maximum Dimensions.

·      Width Length - 30 Yards 40 Yards / 27 Metres 36 Metres

·      Penalty Area - Width Length - 16 Yards 9 Yards / 14.63 Metres 8.22 Metres

·      Penalty Mark - The penalty mark is 7.00 Yards (6.40 Metres) from the midpoint between the goalposts.

·      Halfway Line - The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The centre mark is indicated at the mid-point of the halfway line. This is also used as the retreat line when restarting play with a goal kick.

·      Goal Size -The distance between the posts is 3.6m (12 feet) and the distance between the lower edge of the crossbar and the ground is 1.88m (6 feet).

The Ball:

·      The ball should be Size 3 for U7 & U8. It should be made of leather or other suitable material


The Players:

·      Maximum number per team including Goalkeeper – 5v5

·      A match may not START if either team consists of fewer than FOUR players. The minimum number of players in a team required for a match to CONTINUE is also four. Matches can begin with 5 v 4 but the importance and ethos of Mini-Soccer should be upheld whenever possible and the development of the children should come before the score line.




Players Equipment:

·      Goal keepers must wear a distinguishing playing top. Players must wear Shin Guards which must be covered entirely by the socks. Players must wear the appropriate clothing dependant on the weather. Correct footwear must be worn for the surface of the pitch e.g. no metal studs on artificial grass pitches


The Referee:

·      The Authority of the Referee Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match to which they have been appointed.


Duration of the match:

·      In any one day, no player shall play more than 40 minutes. It is the responsibility of the parent/carer or organisation to ensure that the child does not exceed this. Each league/competition will determine its own playing time with the maximum time permitted, however, the maximum duration will be two halves of 20 minutes

Overall Playing time in 1 day:

·      60 mins in one day for festival and tournament



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