MWFA Modified Laws for Junior Matches

U12-U16 MWFA matches operate under modified Laws of the Game:

  • The duration of halves is 25 minutes in U12 matches, 30 minutes in U13 and U14 matches, and 35 minutes in U15 and U16 matches.
  • There is no stoppage time played in junior MWFA matches.
  • The size of the ball is Size 4 in U11, U12 and U13 matches.
  • The corner kick is taken from within an imaginary one-yard (0.9 metres) arc drawn at a point eight yards (7.2m) from the point at which the penalty area meets the goal line in U12 matches.

The MWFA has also introduced the 25 metre rule for U12-U14 MWFA matches:

  • The 25 metre area is a rectangular area at end each of the field of play bounded by the goal line and the side lines and an imaginary parallel line across the field of play drawn 25 metres from the goal line.
  • This imaginary parallel line must be indicated by a cone or pole located off the field of play but which remains clearly visible to the referee.
  • The 25 metre rule applies to goal kicks and free kicks awarded to the defending team inside their own 25 metre area.
  • The goalkeeper must take the goal kick or free kick and is to play the ball out directly to his or her own defenders.
  • The ball is in play after the ball has left the penalty area and a team mate of the goalkeeper has touched the ball in the 25 metre area.
  • All opposition players must not enter the 25 metre area until the ball is in play.
  • The ball cannot be kicked directly beyond the 25 metre area.

In the application of the 25 metre rule, the referee must intervene when:

  • The ball is kicked directly beyond the 25 metre area without having been played by a team mate of the goalkeeper. The goal kick or free kick is to be retaken.
  • New in 2017: The ball becomes stationary in the 25 metre area before a team mate of the goalkeeper has touched the ball in the 25 metre area. The goal kick or free kick is to be retaken.
  • An opposition player enters the 25 metre area before the ball has left the penalty area. The goal kick or free kick is to be retaken.
  • An opposition player enters the 25 metre area before a team mate of the goalkeeper has touched the ball in the 25 metre area. The goal kick or free kick is to be retaken.
  • If, in the opinion of the referee, either the defending or the attacking players are deliberately infringing upon the 25 metre rule in order to delay the restart of play, the referee shall caution the player/s involved for delaying the restart of play. Play shall be restarted according to the Laws of the Game.