The principles and rules of Mini-Soccer are similar to those in Association Football, except that the pitches are smaller and there are fewer players on each team.
First introduced in the 1990s, the popularity of Mini-Soccer has led to continued growth over the years.
Depending on the age group, the number of players and size of pitch can vary from four-a-side for the youngest, to seven-a-side for the under 10s.
The goal size for all age groups is 12ft by 6ft (3.6m by 1.8m).
BENEFITS OF MINI SOCCER
- More touches of the ball to increase participation and enjoyment
- Fewer players on the pitch meaning simpler decisions and better understanding
- Smaller piches meaning greater concentration and interest among participants
- More individual success leads to more children playing. In the long term, this leads to sustained participation levels beyond this age group.