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Under 21's

Bridging the gap

Shropshire FA Wants To Support Young Players Move From Youth Football Into Adult Open Age Football.

Local Saturday & Sunday Leagues across Shropshire provide open age football games for thousands of players every weekend in the county. Players can compete in open age football from the age of 16.

Clubs, schools, colleges and universities also provide opportunities in a range of formats for players aged 16-21 of all abilities to play football.

What’s more, Shropshire FA support a number of small sided leagues across the county for young players that want to stay in the game, but may not want to get into 11v11 adult football just yet.

From Football College Schemes to open age County Leagues, find out how you can get involved here.

Get in Touch

Darren Beech
Football Development Manager

Phone: 01743 362769Option 2
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)



Shropshire County Minor League
Secretary: Mr Trevor Owen
Usual matchdays: Sunday

from youth to adult football

jumping the gap

Moving young people from a youth environment to an adult competition is a challenge for all sport.

In football the need for support in this area is underlined by the fact that player participation in football halves from 52% of the population in the 13–15 age range to 26% when they are 17–18.

The challenge for football is that this drop off can simply be for ’ life’ reasons – starting work, university, socialising and end of parental support – Learn how we're encouraging these young players to stay in the game!

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