9 v 9 Football

Except where other provision, in these Laws are made, the Laws ofAssociation Football apply. These Laws are mandatory unless special permission is granted by The FA. www.TheFA.com/youthdevelopmentreview

Laws of the Game 9 v 9 Football

Laws 1-17 apply to 9 v 9 football except:

  • Use junior size pitch (see dimensions below)
  • Use 16 x 7ft goalposts (see information below)
  • Maximum squad of 14 players with repeat substitutions allowed.
  • Maximum 30 minutes each way.

Pitch Dimensions

9v9 pitch dimensions

Pitch and Goal Dimensions


From the 2010/2011 season onwards only 16 x 7ft goalposts are permitted, and recommend that you choose the 16 x 7ft goalposts (portable of freestanding). The Football Foundation sometimes provides grants towards costs of new goalposts to All Affiliated clubs, please see www.footballfoundation.org.uk (Goalpost Safety) for further details.

Should you require further assistance, please contact Darren Beech on 01743 255074 or email Darren.beech@shropshirefa.com

FA Youth Development booklets

Click on the link below to view the booklets in PDF form:


Match Officials

All referees appointed to 9 v 9 games must be fully qualified registered with their Parent County FA and not qualified to referee Mini Soccer only.

Assistant referees should be used for all 9 v 9 games and one should be provided by each club.