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5, 6 and 7-a-Side Leagues

There are nearly 30,000 small-sided teams playing across the country. This significant figure is continuing to grow and expand at a rapid rate and it is anticipated that the number of small-sided football teams will overtake the number of adult male 11 v 11 teams.

Small-sided football is identified in the National Game Strategy as one of The FA’s key growth targets for adult football. The popularity of this format of football is a reaction to changing work and leisure patterns and a move towards ‘pay and play’ football.

The laws of small-sided football have been revised for the benefit of players and referees. The FA encourages all small-sided football centres to adopt these uniform laws.

With over four million footballers now playing small-sided football, there is always a need for more referees. The FA has introduced a referee’s course specifically for the sport and further details on this can be obtained from us, so please get in touch.

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Fair play on & off the pitch

Rules and Regulations

FA Rules and Regulations ensure fair play in the grassroots game, both on and off the pitch. Find information about the following areas here.

  • Laws of the Game
  • Discipline
  • Safeguarding & Welfare
  • Inclusion