On the 28th May 2012, The FA formally ratified some of the recommendations of the Youth Development Review. These amendments to the youth game can be found below in our individual guidance booklets; Youth Leagues, U7/U8, U9/U10 and U11/U12 resources.
These resources and amendments have been developed over two years of research, consultations and listening to those involved in the youth game, most importantly those that play – the children.
These positive changes have been put in place to improve enjoyment, fun and development of young players allowing more touches, on a better proportioned pitch with an increase of involvement in the game as a whole. The changes within The FA’s Youth Development Review will make youth football better for everyone involved. We recognise that they present some challenges in the short-term but, with your help, we can make football better, more relevant and more enjoyable for our young players.
You can find out more by visiting TheFA.com, where there is a dedicated section for the Youth Development Review.
Resources for download:
Guidance for Youth Leagues
Youth Development Review Guide - Under-7 and Under-8 football
Youth Development Review Guide - Under-9 and Under-10 football
Youth Development Review Guide - Under-11 and Under-12 football
Guidance for applicants for Goalpost Funding.