Refresher on Rules for 11’s:

Recommendations for 9 –a- side games

  • Pitch size should be between 44 and 50 yards wide, and between 60 and 70 yards long.
  • A centre spot.
  • A penalty area 12 yards long and 30 yards wide.
  • A penalty spot 10 yards from the goal line.
  • The goal shall be 6ft high and 16ft wide.
  • Size 4 ball.
  • 25 minutes each half with a 5 minute interval.
  • A panel of 16 players with 9 players at any one time.
  • Roll on roll off substitution.
  • All players must play. No player to play entire match (except for goalkeepers)
  • No offside rule.
  • Goal kicks from anywhere inside penalty area.
  • All free kicks are Direct free kicks.  Opponent must be 6 yards away from the ball.
  • Throw-ins to be thrown in (not kicked in).

If clubs are unable to field a 9 a side team they can play 7 a side with the same rules.