The Football Association of Wales is pleased to announce the new Regulations for Small Sided Football following a comprehensive review of mini football in Wales over the past two seasons.
Following an extensive consultation process, this review considered the contributions of key stakeholders including players, coaches, clubs, parents, leagues, officials and staff along with insights from other National Associations across the world. As a result of the review’s findings, the FAW is implementing several changes, with the aim of improving the experience of football for children and young people throughout Wales.
Some key developments, which are further outlined in the regulations, include:
- Creating a positive match day culture, introducing practices to improve off the pitch behaviour of parents, guardians and coaches.
- Giving all squad players a minimum of 50% playing time when participating in matches.
- Ensuring all squad members benefit from the experience of playing in all positions, including goalkeeper for the under 8 to under 11 age groups.
- Encouraging clubs to field more than one team if practically possible, to provide adequate playing opportunities and to grow the game.
- Guidelines on playing duration that is appropriate to different age groups.
Webinars will be available to provide Area Associations, Leagues and Clubs with all the necessary information, support, guidance and advice concerning the changes. Please note that spaces will be limited to a maximum of two (2) representatives per organisation – should we surpass the maximum capacity of attendees allowed on the zoom meeting, additional webinars will be organised. To register please see the relevant links below:
In addition to the webinars, the FAW and the FAW Trust will provide information via a number of platforms to ensure the new Regulations are better understood by coaches, parents and organisations involved with the delivery of football for these age groups. We will create a micro site for the small sided game and an animated video bringing each format to life. We will also offer age specific coach education workshops/resources.
We would like to thank you for the dedication and support you provide to the game in Wales. Whilst we are extremely confident that the new small sided football offer will have a positive impact for all involved, we realise the importance of working as a team to make this a reality. This has been a difficult period where we have seen significant disruption to the football calendar. We look forward to welcoming players across Wales back to football when it is safe to do so and will look to provide a positive experience for all.