Game Format and Rules

Basic Rules - Under 5-7 Age Group

  • Start of play & re-start after a goal – Pass forward to a team mate from the middle of the halfway line. All players must be in their own half of the field of play. Opponents must be at least 5m away from the ball until it is in play. The ball must touch a team mate before a goal can be scored.
  • Ball crossing the touch line – There is no throw in. A player from the opposing team to the player that touched the ball last before crossing the touch line will place the ball on the touch line and pass or dribble the ball into play. Opponents must be at least 5m away from the ball until it is in play. The ball must touch a team mate before a goal can be scored.
  • Ball crossing the goal line – There is no corner kick. Regardless of which team touched the ball last, a player from the team whose goal line the ball has crossed will place the ball anywhere along the goal line and pass or dribble the ball into play. Opponents must retreat to the half way line and can move once the ball is in play. The ball must touch a team mate before a goal can be scored.
  • Fouls and misconduct – Indirect free kicks are awarded for all acts of handball or fouls and misconduct. Opponents must be at least 5m away from the ball when the indirect free kick is taken. (An indirect free kick is where a goal can be scored only if the ball subsequently touches another player before it enters the goal).

 

Why no goalkeepers in the Under 5-7 age group?

The role of the goalkeeper in football is uniquely specialised and typically players develop as goalkeepers at a later age. In the youngest age groups, keepers can be uninvolved in the game for long periods, which can be uninteresting and sometimes means they do not feel part of the team.

Basic Rules - Under 8-11 Age Group

  • Start of play & re-start after a goal – Pass forward to a team mate from the middle of the half way line. All players must be in their own half of the field of play. Opponents must be at least 5m away from the ball until it is in play. The ball must touch a team mate before a goal can be scored.
  • Ball crossing the touch line – Throw in. Opponents must be at least 5m away from the ball until it is in play.
  • Ball crossing the goal line after touching the defending team last – Corner kick. Opponents must be at least 5m away from the ball until it is in play.
  • Ball crossing the goal line after touching the attacking team last – Goal kick from anywhere within the penalty area. Opponents remain at least 5m outside the penalty area until the ball is in play. The ball is in play once it is kicked directly out of the penalty area
  • Goalkeepers – The goalkeeper is allowed to handle the ball anywhere in the penalty area. To restart play after a save or gathering the ball with their hands, the ball must be thrown or rolled from the hands or played from the ground with their feet, within 6 seconds. The goalkeeper is not allowed to kick or drop kick the ball directly from their hands. Opponents must be at least 5m outside the penalty area and cannot move inside the penalty area until the ball is in play.
  • Under 8 & 9 – The ball is in play once it moves out of the penalty area.
  • Under 10 & 11 –The ball is in play once it moves out of the penalty area or when the goalkeeper places the ball on the ground.
  • Fouls and misconduct – Indirect free kicks are awarded for all acts of handball or fouls and misconduct with opponents at least 5m away from the ball. (An indirect free kick is where a goal can be scored only if the ball subsequently touches another player before it enters the goal). For deliberate or serious acts of handball or fouls and misconduct in the penalty area, a penalty kick is awarded from an 8m penalty mark with only a goalkeeper in position. All other players must be outside the penalty area and be at least 5m behind the penalty mark.

Game Format

under 6 - 7

age group

under 8 - 9

age group

10 -11 age group
Number of Players4 players per team

7 players per team (incl. goalkeeper) Max. 4 substitutes

9 players per team (incl. goalkeeper) Max. 5 substitutes
Field Size

Length: 30m

Width:20m

Length: 40m - 50m

Width: 30m x 40m

Length: 60m - 70m

Width: 40m x 50m

Penalty AreaNo penalty area5m deep x 12m wide (use markers)5m deep x 12m wide (use markers)
Ball SizeSize 3Size 3Size 4
Goal Size

Width: 1.5m - 2m

Height: 0.9m - 1m

Width: 2.5m - 3m

Height: 1.8m - 2m

Width: 4.5m - 5m

Height: 1.8m - 2m

Goal Typeportable goals, poles, or conesportable goals, poles, or conesportable goals, poles, or cones
GoalkeeperNoYesYes
Duration of Game2 x 15 halves (plus 5min half-time break)2 x 20min halves (plus 5min half-time break)2 x 25min halves (plus 5min half-time break)
Results RecordedNoNoNo

FAQs

How will my children learn to play 11 v 11 if they are playing MiniRoos?

The progression through the MiniRoos formats of 4v4, 7v7 and 9v9 is a sound educational method and process to ready your child to play 11v11. The progression helps players discover the differences in the size of the field and size of the goal and the benefits of having more space.  It also helps children to learn to use different and well-developed techniques to play a more tactical game, as well as assisting them in understanding the role of different positions and determining what best suits them.

Why no goalkeepers until under 8s?

The role of the goalkeeper in football is uniquely specialised and typically players develop as goalkeepers at a later age. In the youngest age groups, keepers can be uninvolved in the game for long periods, which can be uninteresting and sometimes means they do not feel part of the team.

Will a club need a lot of equipment for MiniRoos?

Equipment will not be a barrier for clubs to conduct MiniRoos. Whilst the use of goals is ideal, there is no need to purchase new goals should your club not wish to or be able to. In the first instance, many clubs have used markers or poles both as goals and to set out the field and have found that it has worked really well in the younger age groups, at minimal cost.

Do other countries play modified football?

The modified version of football is played and endorsed throughout England, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland, Germany, France, Korea Republic and the USA to name a few, and is not a new concept

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MiniRoos will run over a 24 weeks period at Tarragindi Tigers for under 6s to under 7s. Each week is comprised of one 60 minute training session (time still to be set) and one game held on a Friday Night. Under 8s - under 11s will have one 60 minute training session (time still to be set) and one game held on a Saturday morning. 

  • Warm-up with ball and dynamic stretching
  • Skill development activities based in game situation exercises and match play.
  • Warm-down with ball
  • We do not apply robotic drills or laps around the fields.
  • All Coaches are FFA licensed

There is also the opportunity to participate in a end of season carnival day with non-competitive games against other in-house teams in our club for under 6s - under 11s.

The end of season carnival day provides children a chance to test their skills against other players within the club. Again, the emphasis is on skill development and fun, so no results are to be recorded or ladders kept for under 6s - under 11s.

MiniRoos is ideal for all levels of ability as children are placed into groups determined by age and skill so that maximum skill development can take place.

Our MiniRoos program is split into U/6, U/7, U/8, U/9, U/10 and U/11.

MiniRoos places a major emphasis on enjoyment. Let the children fall in love with the game and the passion will follow.

  • Football skills will improve due to lots of time with a ball and game situation sessions
  • MiniRoos provides the chance for both children and parents to socialize with teammates and other parents
  • MiniRoos allows for parent participation and involvement throughout the program.
  • MiniRoos provides a pathway to play football throughout childhood and into adulthood.
  • MiniRoos is not about winning or losing. The aim is to encourage children to participate and have a go!
  • Parent Help and Participation
  • Parent participation is an essential aspect of a successful SSF program and all parents, are encouraged to volunteer their time to assist in running and setting up the skill based activities and Small Sided Football.

No experience or knowledge is necessary – just enthusiasm and a sense of fun.

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