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Club Football for Children Aged 7 - 8

Children from U7– U8 do not play in leagues. They can play in a maximum of three trophy events during the season. This allows them to learn about winning and losing in a fun environment. Trophies can be awarded to the winners and the results of the mini-event published.

Youth club football for U7-8s is all about having fun and playing with friends.
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A Guide to U7/8s Club Football


Match Length
20 mins each way.

Children should not exceed the maximum playing time for their age in any one day. It is the responsibility of the junior club and/or the child’s parent or carer to ensure this.

Each league is allowed to determine its own playing time up to the maximum allowed. Half time should not be more than five minutes. 

Player Game Time
40 mins/day, 60 mins/comp

Pitch Size
40 yd x 30 yd

Ball Size
3. The ball should be safe for children to play with and made of leather or another suitable material.

Goal Size
12 ft x 6 ft

Roll-off roll-on substitutions can be made at any time during the game with permission from the referee, including players who have already been substituted.

Two weeks of trophy events, three times a season

Playing Equipment
Children cannot play Development Football without shin pads. These should be covered entirely by knee-length socks.

Goalkeepers should wear a different coloured shirt to the rest of the team.

Footwear should be appropriate for the playing surface – no metal studs on 3 and artificial grass pitches.

If the weather is poor then players should wear appropriate clothing, but hoodies are not allowed.