Mon, 27 May

LGFA U8's Rules


To develop the basic technical skills (catching and kicking) in a controlled competitive environment.

Playing Rules

The official rules of the LGFA will apply to all games however our small sides games have the following modified rules which are applicable at under 8 level.

  • Play to commence with a throw in in the centre.
  • Throw in at centre after score.
  • Goal keeper may advance 10m for a kick out.
  • Two skills per possession, one hop one solo (in any order) or 2 solos.
  • The ball can be picked off the ground with the hands provided the player involved is on her feet.
  • A player who is fouled to take the free from her hands.
  • Opponents player who is nearest to the ball that crosses the sideline to take kick from her hands.
  • No frees closer than 10 m from the goals (no penalties).
  • There will be no (45’s) any ball that goes over the end line is deemed wide resulting in a kick out.
  • 3 points when the ball is played over the cross bar.
  • 1 point when the ball is played under the cross bar.
  • Referees decision is final.

Playing the Game

  • 7 v 7 inc goal keeper.
  • Can be max of 9 v 9.
  • Pitch 45m x 30m approx.
  • Unlimited subs if applicable.
  • Players should rotate positions.
  • Players should get equal playing time.

Time Duration

  • 20 minutes games.
  • 10 minutes per half.
  • At least 2 games per occasion where possible.
  • €10 Referees Fee per team.


  • Well secured portable goal posts (3M x 1.8M).
  • Training poles can be used as goal posts if necessary.
  • Numbered Bibs or Jerseys.
  • First Touch football.

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