MWFA Modified Laws for Junior Matches

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

Duration of Match/Ball Sizes:

  • 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.

Short Corner Kicks (Under 12s):

  • The corner kick is taken from within an imaginary 1-yard (0.9 metres) arc drawn at a point 8 yards (7.2m) from the point at which the penalty area meets the goal line in U12 matches.

25 Metre Rule (Under 12s – Under 14s):

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

  • Opposition players will be required to retreat outside the Clearance Zone for both Goal Kicks and Free Kicks to the Defending Team in the Penalty Area.
  • Goal Kicks must be taken by the Goalkeeper.
  • An Opposition Player will not be able to encroach inside the Clearance Zone until a player from the team taking the kick has touched the ball once the whole of the ball has vacated the Penalty Area and before the ball has come to a stop.
  • The ball cannot be kicked directly beyond the Clearance Zone. If this occurs, the kick is to be retaken.
  • If an Opposition Player enters the Clearance Zone prior to a player from the team taking the kick having his/her first touch then the kick will be retaken.
  • If in the opinion of the Referee, the 25 metre rule is being utilised to waste time by either the attacking or defending Team, the Players guilty of the perceived time wasting will be cautioned.

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.
  • 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.