FA raises mixed football age to under 14s

The Football Association has extended the age at which mixed football can be played in England to include the under 14s age group.

The rule change means that from the start of next season (2012/13), girls and boys will be able to play in the same teams, should they wish to do so.

FA shareholders approved the extension at last week’s AGM to allow further research into playing mixed football in this older age group.

The age limit had been raised from under 11s to under 13s just 12 months ago – a move widely considered to be a success.

“We’ve had some really positive feedback about it going to under 13s,” Rachel Pavlou, the FA’s National Women’s Football Development Manager, told Club Website.

“We were then asked by players and managers if we’d consider going up to under 14s next year.”

The rule change should support the development of female players, whilst providing greater flexibility for any girl who wants to play football.

“It’s about helping development, but it’s also about girls just want to play with their friends and their friends happen to be boys. If they want to play, that’s something we want to help to support,” said Pavlou.

“Also, we want to be able to support those girls that live in rural areas and maybe cannot get to a girls’ club as easily, so we’ve got to be able to provide them with an opportunity.

“I believe in all of this, all it’s about is choice. So if a girl wants to go through the girls’ pathway they can. If they want to play with the guys, that’s fine too. That’s what this is all about for us.”

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  1. Callum on June 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    This news is fantastic as I have a girl who plays in my team(Darcy Lever Lions, Bolton). She has been in the team from u7’s and is a very talented player and has friends within the team. This is good news for all involved within the team, especially for the player herself, as she will be able to continue playing with her friends for at least another 4 seasons.

  2. TJ on December 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    What i want to know is why there’s a age limit at all, if its not professional football, im sixteen years old and cannot play football beacause my school/college doesnt have a girls team!!

  3. graham paker on January 20, 2013 at 10:27 am

    can u play 16yrs in a under 14,s leauge game in the dorset area

  4. Mark Hilton on January 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Now that the rule has been amended to include the under 14’s age group the FA should now increase it so that girls can play right the way through to under 16’s. Why stop girls playing after the under 14 age group?

  5. Tom Kemp on April 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Hopefully the FA and it’s board will see sense and allow mixed football to U16.
    It should be up to the coach to decide if a player is good enough for the team and the player to decide if she or he wants to continue to play for a team.
    Although the boys are starting to grow bigger and perhaps stronger our daughter has more than coped playing this season in the otherwise male local U14s league. She and her team want her to be able to play next season as well.

  6. Sally Stenning on May 9, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Hi my son played a groud up this season in under 10 can he still play next season when they go to 9 aside

  7. Neil Meredith on September 8, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Can a boy play in a girls team in a girls league or only in a mixed league

  8. david on September 11, 2014 at 12:49 am

    all these changes has not made the game any better if anything I think it is worse especially at the younger age 7 to 8 becomes tactical and 1 person running in the middle 2 defending 1 up front if anything I think we are getting coached out of the game like the Brazilians stay on the beach

  9. Jason Lillis on February 8, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    In futsal what are the ages that girls can play against eachother.

  10. Rob on September 9, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    My son has just turned 14 .can he still play in the under 14s league .

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