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This section provides you with information on FIFA rules for Eleven-a-side games and recommended formats for small-sided soccer.


FIFA Laws of the Game

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Small-Sided Games

Short-sided soccer is about what is best for young soccer players. It's for coaches, referees, administrators, spectators, and anyone else concerned with the development of 5 to 12 year old soccer players. This section will provide you with the guidelines for each age group.

What is it?
Under 6 Guidelines
Under 8 Guidelines
Under 10 Guidelines
Under 12 Guidelines

Micro Soccer

Micro Soccer® is used to distinguish the game beyond that of small-sided games, mini-soccer and mod-soccer. Micro Soccer® uses the fundamental team unit - three - as the basis for learning and for having fun. There are variations in the way 3-a-side soccer can be played. The rules of Micro Soccer® and its organization are covered in this section.

The Rules of Micro Soccer®
System for Substitutions and Rotation

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