Sun, 17 October

U9's Football Rules

Download u9 football rules

To consolidate the basic technical skills developed at age 7/8 level (catching and kicking) in an environment where players are also encouraged to develop tactical awareness/prowess i.e. decide on the best option in terms of making use of and/or creating time and space.

Playing Rules

  • Play to commence with a throw up in centre.
  • Goalkeeper may advance 10m for a kick out.
  • After a score, the play recommences with a kickout from the goal keeper.
  • The player can carry the ball for one hop and one solo.
  • The ball must be lifted off the ground using the toe.
  • ‘45’s’ are awarded. These will be taken from 32m out from where the ball crosses the line.
  • No frees closer than 13m from the goals. (no Penalties)
  • A player who is fouled to take the free out of the hands from where the foul occurred.

Scoring System

  • 3 points when the ball is played over the crossbar.
  • 1 point when the ball is played under the crossbar.
  • Skill Point for Two Handed Block down.

Time Duration

  • 40 minute games.
  • 20 minutes per half.

Playing the Game

  • 9 v 9
  • (65-70m) X (40-45m).
  • 1 goalkeeper, 3 defenders, 2 mid-fielders, 3 attackers.
  • Teams must be streamed according to ability.
  • 2 Zones.
  • Players must remain in the zone to which they are assigned with the exception of midfielders.
  • All players to rotate positions after each half.


  • Well secured portable goal posts.
  • U/9- (10’ x 6’ or 3m x 1.8m).
  • Jerseys.
  • Three Quick Touch (Size Footballs - one placed behind each goal and one in play).

Recommended Playing Area

u9 zone 2
Download Under 9's Football Rules. (U9's Football Rules [199kb]).

Notes on Streaming: read notes on streaming here.