During the 2002 - 03 season a number of leagues approached The FA regarding the possibility of moving to 9v9 at under 11. The FA organised a number of Regional Mini-Soccer Consultation Meetings to review Mini-Soccer and to discuss ideas for the future development of the game.
The consultation also led to the introduction within FA rules, for the 9v9 game for children who have reached the age of 10 on 31st August.
The 9v9 option is available from U11-U14.
When 9v9 is played The FA recommends the following:
Follow the standard 11v11 Laws of the Game except:
• Size of pitch: use junior size pitch 80m/50m and junior goals 21/7ft
• Substitutes: Maximum squad of 18 with repeat substitutions allowed
• Playing Time: Maximum 35mins each way
• Anything not covered above, FA standard code of rules for youth leagues should apply
Cumberland FA have worked and will continue to work in partnership with the three FA Charter Standard Youth Leagues to support the transition of teams from 7v7 to 9v9 to 11v11 through various funding schemes and in-service training.