The book for U11 and U12’s includes Laws of the Game for 9v9 football. Previously the FA didn’t have a bespoke set of laws and there was a hybrid of different versions being played so this is now the definitive set.
The Leagues’ resource has been developed to support league volunteers with implementing these elements too. This has been developed by a leagues working party (co-ordinated by the FA), of a variety of volunteers from across the country to ensure the information is relevant for their peers.
If you wish to download a copy of the resources please see the documents section below.
WCFA have recently produced a document entitled 'FA YDR Competition Formats' to help understand how the format of how matches will take place during the phasing period from the 2013/14 season and upon its completion ready for the 2015/16 season. This document can be found below in the documents section.
Youth Development Review League Support
Wiltshire County Football Association have conducted local youth league support meetings to discuss the transition of the FA’s new Youth Development Review (YDR) and in particular the new fixture formats. The meetings have raised some excellent discussions and questions/answers which are highlighted below:
This season U7s & U8s is 'non competitive' as of next season can we reward U7's& U8's with medals/trophies for winning 'Trophy/Competition' Events?
Yes you can reward winning teams (as per page 24 of 'Youth Leagues- Their Game' booklet) but suggestions of considering innovative rewards such as: Coaching Equipment and Club Coaching Days with FA Skills Team for example rather than trophies.
If the league delivers x3 trophy events do we have to affiliate these seperately on top of the league affiliation as a 'competition'?
No the affiliation for the league covers both 'Development Fixtures' and 'Trophy Events.'
Will the FA Full Time website be able to generate all of these different types of 'Trophy Events' alongside the 'Development Fixtures'?
Yes it has the capabilities to do so.
If a League only delivers x2 Trophy Events at U7/8s can it be over 3 weeks rather than x3 events over 2 weeks?
No, a trophy event for this age group must run over a maximum of 2 weeks- it's about length of time for cognitive understanding and child development
Can 'Development Fixtures' be called 'League' or 'League Development' fixtures?
No - need to stay away from that, it's a focus on development and learning, NOT league
Can 7v7 and 9v9 age groups play Futsal in any of their 'Trophy Events' or do they have to stick to their respective formats?
Yes and would encourage this through the winter months
With the YDR is there any restriction of the distance/ time a team can travel to play?
Not specifically but would expect leagues to be sensible with planning of this. Better for a team to play someone local four times a year than travel more for different teams.
The above questions and many of our leagues views have been relayed back to Nick Levett at the FA (who has led on the YDR over the past 5 years) to ensure the FA is aware of the feedback that is arising from our member leagues and is heard at a national level.
In the documents section of this page below you will find documents entitled 'Fixture Option 1, Fixture Option 2 and Fixture Option 3' and these are examples of competition formats that WCFA have produced for 2013/14 which encompass 'Development' and 'Competition' Fixtures.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Development Team on 01793 486047 or firstname.lastname@example.org