Youth Football

With over 1300 youth teams, The FA Skills Programme and the new FA Football Mash Up Programme all available across Gloucestershire, there’s an opportunity for everyone to play football.

There are 12 affiliated leagues across the county providing football for children and young people from Mini-Soccer to Under 18s, including 5 Charter Standard Leagues. For more information on youth leagues in Gloucestershire please visit the Mini-Soccer & Youth section under Clubs & Leagues by clicking HERE.

There are also over 180 affiliated youth clubs in Gloucestershire, of which over 100 have achieved the Charter Standard Award and you can find the nearest clubs to you through using the Find a Club tool HERE.

The FA Skills Programme provides a unique football coaching programme that gives 5-11s of all abilities the opportunity to get active, learn new football skills and enjoy the game. You can find out more about the programme at TheFA.com/Skills or to meet the team in Gloucestershire and see what’s going on please click HERE.

The FA have created a new initiative aimed at tackling the drop out from football of teenagers in the 14-17 age group. The programme involves a variety of opportunities for the 14-17 age groups including Mash Up sessions.

The FA Youth Development Review

The FA formally ratified some of the recommendations of the Youth Development Review. These amendments to the youth game can be found below in The FA's individual guidance booklets.

These resources and amendments have been developed over two years of research, consultations and listening to those involved in the youth game, most importantly those that play – the children.

These positive changes have been put in place to improve enjoyment, fun and development of young players allowing more touches, on a better proportioned pitch with an increase of involvement in the game as a whole. The changes within The FA’s Youth Development Review will make youth football better for everyone involved. We recognise that they present some challenges in the short-term but, with your help, we can make football better, more relevant and more enjoyable for our young players.

The changes have been phased in from 2013/2014 season and these resources are available to assist, help and advise you of the changes to age groups, pitch size and Laws of the game. They also aim to provide you with good practice and other recommendations to improve players participation and enjoyment as well as minor changes to develop better players.

This is about a modern, child-friendly approach to youth football, challenging the win-at-all-costs mentality that is stifling development and enjoyment for young people. Working together with a proactive attitude, adults can help develop a better  learning environment for young people that puts their needs at the centre of the process.

Further information can be found from The FA at TheFA.com

For more information on Youth Football please contact our Senior Football Development Officer, Scott Milne at Scott.Milne@GloucestershireFA.com or call 01454 615888 (Option 3)

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