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ALDI MiniRoos Formats and Rules

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Football Federation Australia and Football West invite parents and guardians of young players to participate in an official review of the ALDI MiniRoos Playing Formats and Rules.

ALDI MiniRoos, which is played in modified playing environments and supported by Healthway, provides a safe and enjoyable introduction to the world game for boys and girls aged five to 11.

FFA introduced nationally consistent modified playing formats in 2008 and it has since grown to be one of the most popular junior sporting experiences.

ALDI MiniRoos, supported by Healthway, helps provide a positive sporting experience that develops in children a lifelong interest in the game.

The following aspects of the playing formats are under consideration:

  • Reducing the number of players per team, including substitutes, to increase actual playing time for each player.
  • U12 moving to a 9 v 9 format on a modified playing field (for example: 65m x 45m) to increase playing time and touches on the ball during the important Skill Acquisition Phase. This is already in place in some states.
  • An increase to the size of the penalty area in U10 & U11 to 12m wide by 30m deep (using the current playing formats as a guide).

FFA will consider feedback on all rules but is particularly interested in the public view on the following areas:

  • The restart of play when the ball crosses the touch line;
  • The start and restart of play when a goal is scored;
  • Whether slide tackling has a place in ALDI MiniRoos

Complete the questionnaire, by clicking here, to provide feedback on the ALDI MiniRoos formats and rules.