Kids football is changing – smaller pitches – smaller teams – smaller goals – child friendly competition
On 28th May 2012, The FA formally ratified some of the recommendations of the Youth Development Review. These amendments to the youth game have been established and guidance booklets have been created to support clubs and leagues to adapt to the changes. These resources can be found below titles: Youth Leagues, U7/U8, U9/U10 and U11/U12.
Further information can also be viewed on the FA website: http://www.thefa.com/kidsfootball
Staffordshire FA have recently met with members of the County Youth Leagues to start to identify areas of support required by the leagues and from the start of 2013 we will be stepping up our support to the leagues and clubs to help ensure everything is in place for the start of the 2013/2014 season.
The resources and amendments have been developed over two years of research, consultations and listening to those involved in the youth games and most importantly those that play – the children.
These positive changes have been put into place to improve enjoyment, fun and development of young players allowing for more touches on a better proportioned pitch with an increased involvement in the game as a whole. The changes within the FA’s Youth Development Review will make youth football better for everyone involved. In the short term these changes will present some challenges but with your help we can make football better, more relevant and more enjoyable for our young players.
These changes will start to be phased in from 2013/2014 season with the resources available to assist, help and advise everyone regarding the changes.
These changes are about a modern, child-friendly approach to youth football, challenging the win-at-all costs mentality that is stifling development and enjoyment for young people. Working together with a proactive attitude, adults can help develop a better learning environment for young people that puts their needs at the centre of the process.
The Staffordshire FA are here to support our leagues and clubs with the implementation of these changes and work with everyone to overcome any challenges that may occur.
If you have any questions or queries, please let us know. We would also welcome any feedback or thoughts that you have regarding the FA Youth Development Review.
For further information, please contact:
Football Development Officer
Tel: 01785 256994
Mob: 07969 294084