A new format of the small-sided game is being put in place for the Under 9 age group this season, with matches being played in games of six-a-side.
This is the latest stage in a mini-football programme introduced by the Welsh Football Trust at the start of the 2009/10 season.
Under the new regulations, Under 7s in Wales now play football in games of four versus four (4v4) with no goalkeeper, while a goalkeeper is introduced at Under 8s for games in a 5v5 format.
Mini football is the only recognised format of the game in Wales for all children up to 11 years of age. Following this season’s changes for Under 9s, the start of the 2011/12 season will see Under 10s play games of 7v7, with 8v8 for Under 11s.
Free training workshops
The Welsh Football Trust will be supporting all leagues who run Under 7, Under 8 and Under 9 age groups to make the changes required in Mini Football.
As part of this, all coaches and volunteers are invited to attend a three-hour practical training workshop designed to give coaches hands-on experience of how 4v4, 5v5 and 6v6 should be organised.
These workshops will be will be delivered free of charge as part of the McDonald’s Coaches Workshop Programme and will run in various locations across Wales.
To find out details of your nearest workshop, please click here (Note: please view in Internet Explorer or website may not display correctly).
The Welsh Football Trust has published other information to support the changes in Mini Football, including:
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