Mini Soccer was introduced by The Football Association (The FA). The principles being similar to ‘Association Football’, Mini Soccer has easy to understand rules and is played by with fewer players, smaller goals and smaller pitches which will mean more touches of the ball and lead to more action and more fun. Mini soccer represents the best features of the modern game but meets the needs of the developing youngsters.
9 v 9 is the transitional game from 7-A-Side to 11-A-Side. This format is designed and introduced by The Football Association (The F.A.) to help bridge the gap between Mini Soccer at Under 10’s and 11 v 11 at Under 11’s - a jump so big that this age group currently suffers from one of the biggest drop off rates in youth football in England. Played to the same standard 11 v 11 laws of the game except the size of the pitch is a junior size. The team has a maximum of 18 players and repeat substitutions are allowed. The 9 v 9 version will encourage teams to play from defensive to the midfield and finally into the attacking area. This should promote possession based football, small passes and movement from the whole team, which in turn will give players more touches of the ball and more chance to develop their skills while still moving towards an understanding of the full-size game.