Under 9 (yr 4) Football Team

In 2012 Devon FA and North Devon Youth League wanted to change the way we teach youth football with the aim of stamping out the 'win at all costs' mentality concentrating on learning and enjoying the game.  This rule change means that there will be no competitive football fixtures or results published for the younger children.  The teams play outdoor on grass from September to November (not every week) and then again March to May, in a Round Robin format and will play indoor Futsal from December to February.

 

Manager: Darran Hurd  07557 675 330

 

Training Times and Venues
 

Summer Training

May - August:

Wednesday 6pm - 7pm

AT:

Rock Park Pitch

Park School

Barnstaple

 

Winter Training

September – April:

Wednesday 6-7pm

Tarka Tennis 3G Astro

EX31 2AP

 

Fixtures North Devon Youth League U9s
 

Round Robin fixtures will begin in September until end of November. These fixtures will be non competitive (results will not be collected) NB due to weather conditions match programmes are subject to change - your manager will have the latest information.

 

 

 

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We welcome new players of all abilities from around the Barnstaple area.  

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Training starts Wednesday 4th September, Rock Park 6-7pm

Up and Coming Events - More Information 
 

What is the Round Robin Format?

Round Robin format usually consist of 4 or 5 teams playing against each other on the same day in several short, small sided 7 v 7 games played outdoors (September to December and March to May). The reason for this is by removing the competitive element out of the game it takes the pressure off of the children so they can be developed, and enjoy playing the game in a more relaxed environment. Hopefully stamping out  the 'win at all cost' mentalility.  

 

What is Futsal?:  

Futsal is the FIFA/UEFA approved style of small-sided football it is played on smaller pitches and mainly played indoors. It is played between two teams of five players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited subs are permitted, with a 4 seconds rule to release the ball. Futsal is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular ball. The surface, the ball, and the rules create emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, as well as ball control and passing in smaller spaces. This is an excellent way to develop football techniques that can be translated into the 11 -a-side game.