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The Football Association Laws for Mini-Football

This guide provides the Laws for Under 7 and Under 8 versions of the game, with
children playing a maximum of 5v5.

Please remember:

Under 7’s or Under 8’s are not permitted to play in leagues where results are collected or published or winner trophies are presented, this is deemed to be detrimental to the development of the player and the game and will not be sanctioned.

From season 2013/14, Under 7’s and Under 8’s can play in a maximum of three trophy events during the season, lasting a maximum of two weeks each.

These are short-term experiences helping children learn about winning and losing in an appropriate environment.

Duration of the Game
In any one day, no player shall play more than 40 minutes. It is the responsibility of
the parent/carer or organisation to ensure the child does not exceed this.

Each league/competition will determine its own playing time within the maximum time permitted however the maximum duration will be two halves of 20 minutes.

It is permitted during development matches that the periods of play can be split into
equal quarters.

The half time interval must not exceed 5 minutes.

Please refer to the Standard Code of Rules for Youth Competitions.