FA Youth Review

Report
FA Youth Review: 2012- 2015
Impact on the
Stourbridge & District
Youth and Girls
Football League
Agenda
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Main changes to the current league formats
U7s and U8s
U9s and U10s
U11s and U12s
Summary of changes
Reasons for changes
Good Practise from other leagues
Why do we make our kids play like
adults?
http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=0BD2iLUq6DE
Why make the changes?
• Children have more touches on the ball to
develop technique
• Children have more dribbling opportunities
and 1v1s
• Children have more shots and score more
goals
• Children have more involvement in the game
• Children get more enjoyment through learning
to play football
“This is about a modern, child-friendly
approach to youth football, challenging
the win-at-all costs mentality that is stifling
development and enjoyment for young
people. Working together with a proactive
attitude, adults can help develop a
better learning environment for young
people that puts their needs at the centre
of the process.”
Nick Levett, The FA
U7’s and U8’s: the facts
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Goal Size: 12ft x 6ft
½ way line used as a retreat line
Size 3 ball, 5v5 format
Option of playing ¼’s rather than ½’s
Roll-ins- instead of throw ins
Roll on, roll off subs
No results to be published
3 trophy events a season- max of 2 weeks each
*It is important to note that the Law changes to Mini-Soccer that include a retreat line, the
option of quarters for development matches and roll-ins for U7/8 are optional for season
2012/13.
U9’s and U10’s: the facts
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Goal Size: 12ft x 6ft
½ way line used as a retreat line
Size 3 ball- U9, Size 4 ball- U10
7v7 format
Option of playing ¼’s rather than ½’s
Roll on, roll off subs
No results to be published:
– U9’s 13/14 season
– U10’s 14/15 season
• 3 trophy events a season- max of 4 weeks each
U11’s and U12’s: the facts
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Goal Size: 16ft or 21ft x 7ft
Size 4 ball, 9v9 format
Roll on, roll off subs
Offside rules apply
Normal Throw ins
No results to be published for U11s from
2015/2016 season
• 3 trophy events a season- U11s- max of 6
weeks each
Goalpost Sizes
Age Group
Format for
2013/2014
season
Age Group
Format for
2014/2015
season
U7
5v5
U7
5v5
U8
7v7
U8
5v5
U9
7v7
U9
7v7
U10
7v7
U10
7v7
U11
9v9
U11
9v9
U12
11v11
U12
9v9
U13+
11v11
U13+
11v11
Formats of the Game
Pitch
Solutions
Competition Formats
Age Group
2013-2014 season
2014-2015 season
2015-2016 season
U7
U8
U9
No league tables published
No single 8 month long season
3 trophy events allowed per mini season
U10
U11
U12
U13+
League tables allowed
U7 and U8
U9 and U10
U11
Each child gets the
opportunity to play for a
little cup up to 3 times a
season.
As children develop, the
periods of competition can
increase. They can begin
to interpret results in a
more meaningful way.
Children can now start to
understand whether a
team beats them because
they tried harder or they
were better players.
This competition can take
This competition can take
This competition can take
place over a 2 week period place over a 4 week period place over a 6 week period
E.G. A knockout cup event
E.G. Group stages and a
cup final
E.G. Champions League
style event
This means that over a
typical 26 week season, 6
weeks of this will be
focused on competition.
This means that over a
typical 26 week season, 12
weeks of this will be
focused on competition.
This means that over a
typical 26 week season, 18
weeks of this will be
focused on competition.
Suggested Competition Formats
Champions League
e.g. 32 teams in an age group- 8 groups of 4. Round robin
matches that lead to the group winners being decided. The top
teams go through to play in a Champions League competition & the
other teams organised into a Europa League format.
Place Competition
Split 20 teams into 4 small groups, after a series of round
robin matches provided the organisers with a ‘place’ for that
team. Put all the teams that finished in the top 2 of their group
together to play for 1ST to 8TH place. All the teams that finished 3RD in their group, play off for
9TH to 12TH. The teams that finished 4TH play off for 13TH to 16TH & the teams that finished 5TH
play off for 17TH to 20TH.
Festivals & Round Robins
Mini-Soccer has proved successful where a number of teams have come together at a venue to
play several matches, rather than two teams playing one match against each other.
With some clever planning the teams would get the opportunity to play both a hard game and
an easy game. This will alleviate any pressure felt about winning when only playing one match.
It is also a great opportunity to get young coaches and referees involved in football
administration within a controlled environment.
Cup Events
If you are organising a cup competition that has a knockout element to it, why
not try ensuring that teams can play more games by running a plate or a vase
competition alongside this too.
This gives more teams the chance to experience the thrill of a cup final against
teams of a similar level rather than getting drawn against a team three divisions
higher.
Ladder Events
Depending on the organisation of fixtures, it is possible to arrange matches in
such a way that teams can play against those near them several times a season,
challenging the teams above or below them to swap positions.
This puts the emphasis on more equal games and avoiding the 26-0 score lines
we don’t want to see. This has worked really effectively in tennis competitions.
Development Matches
In between the trophy events it is vital teams still understand the importance of
playing development matches. Development matches are a valuable way to put
all the skills learnt in the Youth League into practice.
Scores from these games can be kept and used to seed teams in different events
or for future league tables.
More Solutions
• 9v9 Goal Post fund Support: 50% off
• BC Coach Bursary Scheme: up to 60% off
• Local Authority Volunteer Centres: post
adverts for more volunteers
• FA Football Futures: new volunteers via
colleges and universities
• Dudley Council: currently reviewing PPS and
investment will be made next season
Good Practise
Surrey Youth League (over 500 teams)
- Moved to 9v9 this season and found the
change to be fantastic for all involved,
including referees.
- The League managed to secure a grant
through Sport England Small Grants
Programme (£10,000) that has paid for
all of their goals for the clubs to use.
East Lancashire Football Alliance
- Been running this model this season, with the
team’s starting outside before coming indoors
for a mid-season block of Futsal, and then
back outside for the final block of learning.
- The best thing they have found from this
process is that the adults have taken the more
laid-back attitude of development matches
into league matches, making the environment
much better for the children playing.
• One league in the midlands have 32 teams in one
age group, split them into 8 groups of four and
played a Champions League style event –
something that really captured the children's
imagination.
• The SELKENT League in south-east London have
discussed the option of playing the bottom 3 in 1
division against the top 3 from the below division,
as they were never sure on whether they could
compete equally a league higher up.
• Coventry Minor League- Received funding for 5
sets of 9v9 goals from The FA/BCFA. The league
normally loses 12 under 10’s teams for the
following season when they move to under 11’s
when playing 11x11 football, since the start of
season 2012/13 and 9x9 football the league as
retained the same number of teams that we had
in the under 10’s divisions in season 2011/12.
• Nuneaton & Bedworth Minor League- FA pilot
league for Youth Review changes. Continued
growth each year and better ‘customer’
satisfaction from clubs and players.

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