Tue, 29 November

Go Games U12's Football Rules

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At this age the children are almost playing full football rules but with smaller numbers which will give young players better opportunity to develop their skills.

Playing Rules

  • Play to commence with a throw up in centre.
  • Goalkeeper may advance 10m for a kickout.
  • Player can carry the ball for a max. of 4 movements (see definition).
  • The ball must be lifted off the ground using the toe.
  • ‘45’s’ are awarded. These will be taken from 40m out in line with where the ball went out of play.
  • If a free is conceded via an aggressive foul within 13m from the goal a penalty is awarded taken 11m from goal.
  • Technical free within the square is a penalty.
  • A ‘square ball’ will be called by refs at this age.

Scoring System

  • 1 point when the ball is played over the crossbar.
  • 3 points when the ball is played under the crossbar.

Time Duration

  • 50 minute game.
  • 25 minutes per half.

Playing the Game

  • 13 v 13 (max) 11 v11 (min).
  • (90-100m) x (40-50m) or 20m line to 20m line.
  • Teams must be streamed according to ability.
  • At this age teams are divided into divisional sections.

Definition of four movements

When carrying the ball a player may use ONE of the following options:

  • 1 bounce, 1 solo, 1 bounce, 1 solo.
  • 1 solo, 1 bounce,1 solo, 1 bounce.
  • 2 solos, 1 bounce, 1 solo.
  • 3 solos, 1 bounce.
  • 1 bounce, 2 solos, 1 bounce.
  • 4 solos.

Any 4 movement variation but NOT 2 bounces consecutively.


  • Portable Goal posts (15’ x 7’ or 4.5m x 2.2m).
  • Numbered Jerseys must be worn.
  • 3 Smart Touch (Size 3) footballs - one placed behind either goal and one in play.

Recommended Playing Area

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Download Go Games U12's Football Rules. (U12's Football Rules [195kb]).