Football is a phenomenon. Hundreds of millions of people across the globe live and breathe it, playing it with their friends and watching their heroes.

But don't be content to just watch it. Lace up your boots and get your foot on the ball to take part in perhaps the most easily accessible sport there is.


Mini-Soccer offers an introduction to the game of football at a size and scale that meets the needs of the young people playing – with smaller goals and pitches and less players per team.


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. This is also used as the retreat line when restarting play with a goal kick.

A goal is scored when the ball completely crosses the goal line between the posts and under the crossbar of the goal

The same rules as normal football applies. i.e goal kicks and corner kicks and throw-ins.

Free kicks are awarded when a foul is committed as in older age football.

Determine a playing time within the maximum time permitted, however the maximum duration will be:

  • Year 2 and Year 3 - 2 x 20 minutes

  • Year 4 and Year 5 - 2 x 25 minutes

  • Year 6 - 2 x 30 minutes

  • A 5v5 format played on a reduced playing surface. Each team has 4 outfield players and one goalkeeper.

  • no offside

  • rolling substitutes during a stoppage of play. All players should receive equal playing time where possible

  • goal kicks can be taken from anywhere within the penalty area

  • All free-kicks are DIRECT

  • All opposing players must be AT LEAST 5 yards from the ball at the taking of free-kicks, corner kicks and kick-offs.



For more information on the detailed rules download the mini soccer handbook here - or visit The FA website.

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