Player Age Bandings

All leagues have now received this year’s Standard Code of Rules for the 2014/15 season which includes an important message for all youth leagues.

Please see the rule below as written in the Standard Code of Rules as well as a table which clearly shows the different age groups:

Standard Code of Rules for Youth Football 2016 – 2017

QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS

A child who has not attained the age of six shall not play, and shall not be permitted or encouraged to play, in a match of any kind. 

The relevant age for each player is determined by his or her age as at midnight on 31 August of the relevant playing season. i.e. Children who are aged 6 as at midnight on 31 August in a playing season together with those who attain the age of 6 during the playing season will be classed as Under 7 players for that playing season. Children who are aged 7 as at midnight on 31 August in a playing season will be classed as Under 8 players for that playing season, and so on.

Not withstanding the above, a child is permitted to play up in the age group above his or her chronological age group, irrespective of any changes of format or competition structure, save that a child who attains the age of 6 after 31 August is permitted to play only in the Under 7 age group, and may not play in the Under 8 age group, for that playing season.

The age groups that children are eligible to play in are set out in the table below, along with the permitted football formats for each of those age groups. Children shall not play, and shall not be permitted or encouraged to play, in a match between sides of more than the stated number of players, according to their age group:

 

Age on 31 August of the
relevant playing season 
Eligible Age Groups  Maximum Permitted Format 
 6 U7 or U8 5v5 
 7 U8 or U9 7v7 
 8 U9 or U10 7v7 
 9 U10 or U11  U10 - 7v7 and U11 - 9v9 
 10 U11 or U12 9v9 
 11 U12 or U13 U12 - 9v9 and U13 - 11v11 
 12 U13 or U14 11v11 
 13 U14 or U15 11v11 
 14 U15 or U16 11v11
 15 U16 or U17 11v11
 16 U17, U18 or Open Aged 11v11

If you have any question please contact:

Craig Lee
Football Services Manager
Craig.Lee@nottinghamshirefa.com
0115 9837404