Game formats and rules

May 28, 2010 in Training


Teams train for 1 to 1.5 hours each week during the season. Some teams train midweek evenings, whilst others train on Saturday mornings. If you have a child interested in playing football please e-mail the club or contact the appropriate manager direct.


Mini football is a modified small sided version of the association football game younger age groups. Player substitution is roll on roll off at any time and there are no penalties. Mini football games (U8 to U11) are played on Sunday Mornings. Normal kick-off time is 11am, but this can vary due to pitch availability.

Competitive youth games (U12s to U16s) are 11 a side with up to 5 substitutes.  Games are played on Sunday. Kick-off times vary – U12s is 11am, U14s is 12.30pm and U16s is 2.00pm – but again this can vary due to pitch availability. In competitive youth football, games are either 35 minute or 40 minute each half. Offside and penalty rules are as per the adult game.

Mini football game format.

The current mini football format was introduced by the FAW in the 2008/10 season:

Group Game size Maximum pitch size (yards) Goal area (yards) Ball size
U7 4 a side 30 x 20 none 3
U8 5 a side 30 x 20 5 3
U9 6 a side 40 x 30 8 3
U10 7 a side 60 x 40 10 4
U11 8 a side 60 x 40 10 4

Under 6s follow Under 7s format

FAW Mini football Goalkeeper rules
  • The goalkeeper can handle the ball in their goal area and there are no restrictions on the number of steps they may take holding the ball.
  • The goalkeeper can leave the goal area but cannot handle the ball outside the penalty area.
  • Under 7s, 8s and 9s can either throw or kick the ball out of their hands.
  • Under 10s and 11s can only throw the ball out of their hands

FAW Competititive youth football rules

  • 11 a side games with up to 5 substitutes.
  • All substitutes are roll on roll off with the referees permission.
  • Linesmans/referees assistant’s role is to advise the referee when the ball is out of play and which side has the throw-in.
  • Offside rule and penalty rule applies,
  • Players must be registered 72 hours before the game.
The information published here is only a snapshot of the many rules associated with junior/youth football. Please ask a coach or the club secretary if you have a question.
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Club Honours

U14s East Gwent League winners.
U14s East Gwent Cup winners.
U9s Dinsdale Cup winners.
U16s East Gwent League winners.
U9s Dinsdale Cup winners.
U12s: East Gwent League winners.
U12s: East Gwent Cup winners.
U13s: East Gwent Cup winners.
U14s: East Gwent League winners.
U14s: East Gwent Cup winners.
U16s: East Gwent Cup winners.
U18s: Gwent County League cup winners.
U12s: East Gwent league winners.
U16s: East Gwent cup winners.
U12s: East Gwent league cup winners.
U14s: East Gwent league Div 2 winners.
U12s: East Gwent league and cup winners.
U13s: East Gwent league and cup winners.
U14s: East Gwent league winners and cup runners up.

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