Youth Football Formats

Get up to speed with Youth Football formats

Northamptonshire FA would to like to remind all clubs regarding the format of football in which age groups can play in during friendlies and tournaments  up until the 1st July 2020.

As of the 1st July 2020, teams can play in their format for the 2020-2021 season.

For a reminder of the formats for each age group, please refer to the table below;





U9 7v7
U10 7v7
U11 9v9


U13 11v11
U14 11v11
U15 11v11
U16 11v11
U17 11v11
U18 11v11
ADULT 11v11

Under 6 Football

We would like to remind all teams about the rule concerning the youngest age that children can play football in organised matches.

‘Children Under 6 Years Old - A child who has not attained the age of six shall not play, and shall not be permitted or encouraged to play, in a match of any kind’

Clubs are reminded that should they be advertising on social media for friendlies or tournaments, both of these rules should be remembered. 

Should Northamptonshire FA be made aware that a team or club be going against these formats, they are liable to be charged under FA Regulations.

Should you have any queries regarding this information, please contact: Info@NorthamptonshireFA.com