SMALL SIDED GAMES (SSG) GUIDELINES

U-8/9’s Small Sided Games (SSG) Guidelines

  • Non-trophy football, no match cards, no results, no league tables

  • 2 x 5-a-side games, with one substitute on each team

  • Roll-on Roll-off

  • A 7-a-side pitch to be used, 5 v 5 on each half of the pitch.

  • If smaller number of players travel to games, reduce numbers accordingly, loaning players to a team if necessary so games are played.

  • Maximum of 14 is recommended in a team, i.e. 2 x 5 players with each team having 2 substitutes

  • All players to be given 30 minutes play at a minimum

  • 16x6 ft goals to be turned on their back to reduce size

  • PERIODS OF TIME: 4 quarters x 12 mins or 4 x 10 mins with 2 min breaks

  • Dimensions: 40x25 metres, max 45x25 metres.

  • Change personnel on teams particularly to make games more evenly balanced

  • No REF required, but use SUPERVISOR for each game officiating from side of pitch, i.e. a club official or adult agreed by both sides.

  • Rope pitches off at 2 metres distance from pitch side, using cones to mark out line behind which spectators must remain

  • Coaches and substitutes to remain on same side of the pitch

  • Size 5 Ball, 290 grams in weight for U-8s,

  • Size 5 Ball, 310 grams in weight for U-9s

  • RETREAT LINE – Divide pitch into thirds, mark with flat YELLOW ‘cones’/disk.

    • Keeper passes ball or rolls it or throws it to team-mate after the ball has gone over end-line or a goal was scored (NO booting ball up pitch)

    • Retreat Line only applies when ball goes over the goal-line or end-line

    • Keeper may not kick ball out from his hands

    • Opposing players must remain outside Retreat Line until defender has touched the ball which he has received from keeper

  • THROW-IN : Nearest player to ball recommences play by dribbling the ball into play or kicking from ground.

  • Not possible to score from throw-in

  • CORNER KICKS apply as normal

  • NO PENALTY KICKS, as indirect free is awarded instead

  • FREE KICKS are all indirect, with opponents 5 metres away

  • League Divisions of 6-10 teams, but may vary depending on numbers applying

  • Divisions to be regional as far as possible

  • Shin pads compulsory

  • No jewellery, earrings etc

  • Results from U-8s, surveys etc inform league in allocating teams to U-10  divisions

  • Re-grading after Christmas based on survey and results reported

  • Additional games to be arranged if divisional games are completed early

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