Bournemouth Youth Football League

Determination of Relevant Age

A child who has not attained the age of 6 shall not play, and shall not be permitted or encouraged to play, in a match of any kind.
The relevant age for each player is determined by his or her age as at midnight on 31 August of the relevant Playing Season i.e. children who are aged 6 as at midnight on 31 August in a Playing Season (together with those who attain the age of 6 during the Playing Season) will be classed as Under 7 Players for that Playing Season.
Children who are aged 7 as at midnight on 31 August in a Playing Season will be classed as Under 8 Players for that Playing Season, and so on.

Notwithstanding the above, a child is permitted to play up in the age group above his or her chronological age group, irrespective of any changes of format or competition structure, save that a child who attains the age of 6 after 31 August is permitted to play only in the Under 7 age group, and may not play in the Under 8 age group, for that Playing Season.

Age on 31 August of the relevant Playing Season Eligible Age Groups Maximum Permitted Format Minimum Pitch Sizes Maximum Pitch Sizes Recommended Goal Sizes in feet Ball Size
Yards Metres Yards Metres
6 Under 7 5v5 30×20 27.45 x 18.3 40×30 36.3 x 27.45 12×6 3
Under 8 30×20 27.45 x 18.3 40×30 36.3 x 27.45 12×6 3
7 Under 8 5v5 30×20 27.45 x 18.3 40×30 36.3 x 27.45 12×6 3
Under 9 7v7 50×30 45.75 x 27.45 60×40 54.9 x 36.6 12×6 3
8 Under 9 7v7 50×30 45.75 x 27.45 60×40 54.9 x 36.6 12×6 3
Under 10 50×30 45.75 x 27.45 60×40 54.9 x 36.6 12×6 4
9 Under 10 7v7 50×30 45.75 x 27.45 60×40 54.9 x 36.6 12×6 4
Under 11 9v9 70×40 64 x 36.6 80×50 73.15 x 45.75 16×7 4
10 Under 11 9v9 70×40 64 x 36.6 80×50 73.15 x 45.75 16×7 4
Under 12 70×40 64 x 36.6 80×50 73.15 x 45.75 16×7 4
11 Under 12 9v9 70×40 64 x 36.6 80×50 73.15 x 45.75 16×7 4
Under 13 11v11 90×50 82.3×45.75 100×60 91.44 x 54.9 21×7 4
12 Under 13 11v11 90×50 82.3 x 45.75 100×60 91.44 x 54.9 21×7 4
Under 14 90×50 82.3 x 45.75 100×60 91.44 x 54.9 21×7 4
13 Under 14 11v11 90×50 82.3 x 45.75 100×60 91.44 x 54.9 21×7 4
Under 15 90×50 82.3 x 45.75 110×70 100.58 x 64 24×8 5
14 Under 15 11v11 90×50 82.3 x 45.75 110×70 100.58 x 64 24×8 5
Under 16 90×50 82.3 x 45.75 110×70 100.58 x 64 24×8 5
15 Under 16 11v11 90×50 82.3 x 45.75 110×70 100.58 x 64 24×8 5
Under 17 100×50 91.44 x 45.75 130×100 118.87 x 91.44 24×8 5
Under 18 100×50 91.44 x 45.75 130×100 118.87 x 91.44 24×8 5
16 Under 17 11v11 100×50 91.44 x 45.75 130×100 118.87 x 91.44 24×8 5
Under 18 100×50 91.44 x 45.75 130×100 118.87 x 91.44 24×8 5
Open Age 100×50 91.44 x 45.75 130×100 118.87 x 91.44 24×8 5

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