Player Qualification

2014-15.  The FA have changed the rules for Player Age Qualifications.

Please check carefully as the changes may affect your team selection

RULE 8(C)    A child who has not attained the age of six shall not play, and shall not be permitted or encouraged to play, in a match of any kind.

The relevant age for each player is determined by his or her age as at midnight on 31 August of the relevant playing season. 
i.e. Children who are aged 6 as at midnight on 31 August in a playing season together with those who attain the age of 6 during the playing season will be classed as Under 7 players for that playing season. Children who are aged 7 as at midnight on 31 August in a playing season will be classed as Under 8 players for that playing season, and so on.

Notwithstanding the above, a child is permitted to play up in the age group above his or her chronological age group, irrespective of any changes of format or competition structure, save that a child who attains the age of 6 after 31 August is permitted to play only in the Under 7 age group, and may not play in the Under 8 age group, for that playing season.

The age groups that children are eligible to play in are set out in the table below, along with the permitted football formats for each of those age groups. Children shall not play, and shall not be permitted or encouraged to play, in a match between sides of more than the stated number of players, according to their age group:

 Age on 31 August Eligible Age Group Maximum Format
     
6 Under  7 5 v 5
Under  8
7 Under  8 5 v 5
Under  9 7 v 7
8 Under  9 7 v 7
Under 10
9 Under 10 7 v 7
Under 11 9 v 9
10 Under 11 9 v 9
Under 12
11 Under 12 9 v 9
Under 13 11 v 11
12 Under 13 11 v 11
Under 14
13 Under 14 11 v 11
Under 15
14 Under 15 11 v 11
Under 16
15 Under 16 11 v 11
Under 17
Under 18
16 Under 17 11 v 11
Under 18
Open Age