The Football Association first introduced mini-soccer in the 1990s and since its introduction has increased in growth and popularity.

The principles and rules of Mini-Soccer are similar to those in Association Football, except that the pitches are smaller and there are fewer players on each team.


  • More touches of the ball to increase participation and enjoyment
  • Fewer players on the pitch meaning simpler decisions and better understanding
  • Smaller piches meaning greater concentration and interest among participants
  • More individual success leads to more children playing. In the long term, this leads to sustained participation levels beyond this age group


The FA has further developed this form of the game with up to date guidelines on playing formats and pitch sizes for mini-soccer. This form of the game is played by all age groups up to and including the under 10 age bracket. Further details are available from the attached documents below.

 For more information on mini-soccer contact Andy Baker, Football Development Officer, or 01743 362769.