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FA Youth Football Guide

  • 28/10/17
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The FA have recently launched a new guide, which includes best practice guides for coaches/ parents, along with clearer explanations of the competition formats in youth football.

When the Youth Development Review was implemented in 2012 it fundamentally changed youth football, improving the enjoyment and development of young players by allowing more touches, on a better proportioned pitch, with an increase of involvement in the game as a whole.

The introduction of 5, 7 and 9-a-side football enabled young players to:

• Have more touches of the ball to develop technique
• Have more dribbling opportunities and 1v1s
• Have more involvement in the game

Put simply, more involvement means more enjoyment.

The Youth Football Guide will provide parents, coaches and volunteers with a greater understanding of what youth football is now all about, whilst explaining how we can all work together to create a positive, player centred environment.

Youth Football Guide 2017 - Download / Open