As young players within Leicestershire and Rutland get older, the format of football they play changes.
5v5 moves on to 7v7, which in turn develops to 9v9 before transitioning to 11v11.
At present, the changing formats in relation to youth football are as follows:
Mixed Gender Football in Leicestershire
Age Group Format
Under-7s and Under-8s 5v5
Under-9s and Under-10s 7v7
Under-11s and Under-12s 9v9
Under-13s and Above 11v11
Girls Only Football in Leicestershire
Under-10s and Below 5v5
Under-11s and Under-12s 7v7
Under-13s and Under-14s 9v9
Under15s and Above 11v11
This in turn causes a challenge for teams wishing to make the transition to the next format of the game, especially teams with a low squad number that are expected to make the step up, which in the past has commonly been those teams at Under-10 and Under-12 level in mixed gender football, and Under-14 in girls' football.
Shaun Waite, Football Development Officer (Participation) at the Leicestershire & Rutland County FA, said: “Although the changing format in youth football is absolutely right for player development, it can cause some challenges for teams, as it may require the recruitment of one or two additional players to be able to make the step up.
“As a County FA, we want to support those teams that are enduring these challenges, and in turn prevent the potential drop-out of young players that the transition of game formats has previously caused.”
The Leicestershire & Rutland County FA are currently in the process of identifying teams that require this additional support. If this is your team or club, please contact Shaun Waite, Football Development Officer (Participation) at firstname.lastname@example.org confirming team name, age group, player numbers and contact details.
Your team will consequently be prioritised by the County FA to be promoted through its own communication channels.