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Monmouthshire Junior Association Football League
Monmouthshire Junior Association Football League

Mini Football

Mini-football is a modified version of the 11 a-side game.  It gives children the chance to play real football, for a real team, whilst experiencing an enjoyable introduction to football through small-sided games


Season 2019-20 kick-offs on Sunday 15th September 2019 for mini-football and 22nd Septemebr 2019 for under 7s. 


Use the links on the left to view age group fixtures

Mini Football in Monmouthshire and Wales

Mini Football is organised to a non-competitive format.

This means that there are:

  • NO cups or league competitions,
  • NO league tables.
  • NO recording of results,
  • NO publishing of results by leagues and clubs on websites, print media or social media


 In Wales the game format is as follows:

  • Under 7: 4 v 4  (no goalkeeper & no player to stay in front of goal)
  • Under 8: 5 v 5  (goalkeeper introduced)
  • Under 9: 6 v 6 maximum 
  • Under 10: 7 v 7 maximum
  • Under 11: 8 v 8 maximum


Mini Football fixtures are scheduled by the Monmouthshire Junior League as follows:


- For Under 8s to under 11s: 

  • Depending on the size of the league, each team may not always play every other team home and away, or may play some teams more than twice in the season.  
  • Games should be broken down into maximum duration of 15-minute sections for Under 8, and either 15 or 20-minute sections for Under 9, Under 10 & Under 11.
  • The fixture does not have to be a single game of two halves like the full size youth/adult game. Refer to to section D in the rule book

- For Under 7s 4v4:

  • On a fortnighly basis as fun sessions where up to 3 team club squads meet up
  • Team squads are split up into multiple teams and the short 10-15 minute games are played round robin. This provide a fun introduction to mini football across the county. Refer to Under 7 information.
  • Every team hosts games multiple times throughout the season..

To learn more about mini football please read document below or visit the Welsh Football Trust website

Buffer zones

Buffer zones are mandatory in the Monmouthshire Junior League and across Wales for both mini-football and junior competitive games.


All parents, relatives and other spectators are to stay behind the buffer zone, off the touchline and off the pitch!


Football should be a fun, safe and positive experience for every young person involved.

FAW introduction to mini football
This is an old document Published by The Football Association of Wales in May 2009.
For up to date regulations used by this League please consult the League handbook.
Introduction to mini football.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [543.9 KB]



Respect the ref's decision!

Stay Behind the line!

Applaud all good play!

Always Encourage players!

Make it a fun, enjoyable, positive experience for young players!

Club Notices

Click here to view notices from clubs


All aflliated clubs must meet FAW accreditation standards. Click here for more information

Player registration

All players need to be licensed and registered by member clubs before they can play organised football. To register players please visit the information section of our website.

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