Youth Football


Football for young people aged 5 – 18


There has never been a more exciting time to get into youth football.

Dorset FA supports an incredible grassroots community of leagues, clubs, coaches, volunteers and parents to provide a safe and fun environment for young people to play football. 

We work hard with these partners to provide children, teenagers and young adults of all abilities with a wide range of opportunities to get involved in the game. 

Youth football in Dorset progresses from 5 v 5, 7 v 7 and 9 v 9 into 11 v 11 football in line with The FA’s Youth Review.

Key things you need to know about Youth Football in Dorset:

  • Youth Football covers Under 11 – Under 18 leagues
  • Under 11 football is non-competitive
  • Formats move from 9 v 9 up to 11 v 11 with pitch sizes aligned

Let's make football safe, not sorry
Reporting Concerns


If you feel that an adult connected to your league or club (e.g. a referee, coach or a volunteer) is mistreating someone under the age of 18, there are various confidential ways you can report this.

By ‘mistreating’, we mean behaving towards under-18s in a physical or verbal way you believe is threatening or makes the young person feel scared or bad.

Find out more and watch a short film The FA has produced explaining how to report your concerns. Of course, everything is completely confidential.


Girls across the county will be provided with increased opportunities to play football after a new nationwide participation programme was announced.

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