Under 7’s to Under 10’s are not permitted to play in leagues where
results are published.
Except where other provision in these laws is made, the Laws of Association
Each Law is numbered to correspond with the appropriate association
The game is for boys and girls in the separate age groups Under 7 to Under
10 with mixed football permissible in each of the 5 age groups.
Law 1 (Playing Area)
Field of Play (Recommended) overall pitch sizes shall be: -
Under 7 and 8 Maximum length 40yds/Minimum length 30yds - Maximum width 30yds/Minimum width 20yds
Under 9 and 10 Maximum length 60yds/Minimum length 50yds - Maximum width 40yds/minimum width 30yds
The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The centre
mark is indicated at the mid-point of the halfway line.
The team without the ball moves back to the half way line when goal kicks
The distance between the posts is 12ft and the distance between the lower
edge of the cross bar and the ground is 6ft.
Law 2 (The Ball)
Under 7 to Under 10 Size 3
• The Ball should be safe for children to play with and made of leather or
another suitable material
Law 3 (Number of Players)
Maximum number per team, including goalkeeper
Under 7’s - Under 8’s : 5 v 5
With a squad of 10 or less players.
Under 9’s – Under 10’s : 7 v 7
With a squad of 14 or less players.
A match may not START if either team consists of fewer than four players.
The minimum number of players in a team required for a match to CONTINUE is
Games can be played 5 v 4 at Under 7 & Under 8
Games can be played 7 v 6 at Under 9 & Under 10
But should always put the development of the children first.
Roll off roll on substitutions can be made at any time during the game with
the permission from the Referee, including players who have already been
Development football can also be played using smaller numbers such as 4 v 4
or 3 v 3 when squad sizes and facilities on the day are suitable and both
All team members should receive equal playing time where possible, with a
best practice recommendation of at least 50% per player for each game.
Law 4 (Playing Equipment)
Players must wear shin guards and goalkeepers must wear a distinguishing
playing strip. Shin guards must be covered entirely by the socks.
Players must wear the appropriate clothing dependant on the weather, but no
hoodies are not allowed
Correct footwear must be worn for the surface of the pitch e.g. no metal
studs on artificial grass pitches.
Law 5 (Referees)
The Authority of the Referee
Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the
Laws for Mini-Soccer in connection with the match to which they have been
The Referee should always help the players to learn the game by explaining
Assistant Referees ae not required for Development Football.
Law 6 (Duration of the Game)
See Selkent Duration of Play section below
U7 & U8’s 40 minutes
U9 & U10’s 60 minutes
Children should not exceed the maximum playing time for their age in any
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
– Half time should not be more than five minutes.
– Development games can be split into quarters within the maximum playing
– For tournament football see the Standard Code of Rules for Youth
Law 7 (Start and Restart of Play Procedure)
A kick off from the centre mark starts the game or restarts it after a goal
It can be taken in any direction.
Opponents must be 5 yards away in their own half. of the field.
In Mini-Soccer a goal cannot be scored directly from a kick off or a
In special circumstances a drop ball is used to restart the game, such
as after an injury.
If the game has stopped with the ball in the penalty area, the drop
ball should be taken on the penalty area line
Law 8 (Ball in and Out of Play)
The goal line and touchlines are part of the field of play. The ball must
be entirely over these lines to be out of play.
– If an attacker is the last player to touch the ball over the goal line, a
goal kick is given.
– If a defender is the last player to touch the ball over the goal line, a
corner kick is given.
– If a player touches the ball over the touchline, a throw in is given to
the opposing team.
Law 9 (Method of Scoring)
– A goal is scored when the ball completely crosses the goal line between
the posts and
under the crossbar of the goal.
– If a foul or hand ball occurs the goal shall be disallowed.
Law 10 (Offside)
There is no offside.
Law 11 (Fouls and Misconduct)
• Free kicks are awarded when a foul is committed as in older age football.
• In Mini-Soccer all free kicks are direct.
• A goalkeeper is not allowed to pick the up from a back pass or a throw
• If this happens a free kick should be given on the penalty area line
closet to where the incident occurs.
• As with all other aspects of Development Football the children should be
learning the game. Coaches in training, and referees on the day, should try to make sure
the children understand all of the above.
Law 12 (Free Kicks)
For all free kick’s defending players must be 5 yards from the ball.
Law 13 (Penalty Kicks)
If a foul is committed in the penalty area by a defender a penalty kick
will be awarded.
All players except the defending goalkeeper and kicker must be outside
the penalty area and at least 5 yards from the penalty mark.
The ball must be kicked forward.
Law 14 (Throw-in)
If a player touches the ball out of play over the touchline a throw in is
awarded to the opposition.
Throw ins can be a difficult technique to learn for younger players so
retakes are allowed. Referees should offer guidance to help children learn the game.
Law 15 (Goal Kick Procedure)
Law 16 (Corner Kicks)
If a defending player kicks the ball over the goal line a corner is
awarded to the attacking team.
The defending players must remain at least 5 yards from the ball until it
is in play.
The Player taking the corner may not touch the ball again until it has
touched another player.
SELKENT ADDITIONS TO THE LAWS OF MINI-SOCCER
Recommended overall pitch sizes shall be: -
Under 7 and 8: Maximum length 40yds/minimum length 30yds, Maximum width 30yds/minimum width 20yds
Under 9 and 10: Maximum length 60yds/minimum length 50yds, Maximum width 40yds/minimim width 30yds
Penalty area: - A penalty area must be marked out.
Length 10yds - Width 18yds.
Goal area: - A goal area is also recommended.
Length 4yds - Width 12yds.
Penalty Spot: - A penalty spot must be marked 8yds from the Goal Line opposite the Centre of the Goal.
Halfway Line: - The Field of Play must be divided in two halves by a
A centre-mark should be indicated at the mid-point of the halfway line.
A centre circle of 5yds radius is also recommended.
Please note that marking of the penalty area by a 10-yard line running
from touchline to touchline is no longer acceptable. A penalty box must
Under 9 & Under 10 (Goal Kick Procedure)
A player of the defending team kicks the ball from anywhere within the goal
area or 4 yards from the goal line.
Duration of Play
Under 7 10 minutes each way (Two games)
Under 8 10 minutes each way (Two games)
Under 9 and 10 25 minutes each way.
The half time rule shall not exceed 5 minutes.
Competition Games only:
- If a tie exists between two teams.
U7 & U8 4 minutes one-way extra time
U9 & U10 10 minutes one-way extra time
If, after extra-time, a draw still stands the penalty shootout procedure
will follow see Rule 24G (b) to determine the eventual winners
The League reserves the right to appoint a registered referee at any time
and as is deemed necessary. Fees for the referee appointed by the League
will be shared by the teams. In the absence of a League appointed official,
Clubs must mutually agree upon a referee who shall then control the game
and have full authority to enforce the Laws.