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FA Vote in Favour of Youth Development Proposals

Mon 28th May 2012 | Football Governance

Youth football in England will undergo dramatic changes after FA Shareholders voted in new Youth Development proposals by an overwhelming 87 per cent majority.

The Shareholders, present at today’s (28th May) AGM at Wembley, voted to bring in a new player pathway for football to include a mandatory 5v5 format of football for U7s and U8s and a 9v9 format for U11 and U12s to be phased in by season 2014-15.

The changes passed have been developed over a number of years by Nick Levett, The FA’s National Development Manager, and over two years of consultation across the game.

In a statement following the decision Levett, said: “After 138 roadshows nationwide it was fantastic to get the endorsement of the majority of the grassroots football community.

“These changes are a massive step forward for the future of children’s football in this country.”

The new format for youth football will see the Introduction of 5v5 for U7s and U8s, with progression to 7v7 and then 9v9 games allowing children to play on appropriate size pitches and with appropriate size goals.

It’s hoped the smaller pitch and number of players will allow children a greater number of touches of the ball and involvement in the game, helping develop greater technical skills at a lower age.

The move will also bring a more child friendly approach to competition, breaking up the eight-month long adult based season into smaller periods of competition which encourage increased learning.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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