internal game format 2 versus 2
under 6s (introduction to football)
As of the 2017/2018 season
For those taking their very first steps in the game - children aged four or five - the KNVB advises clubs to organise a 2 versus 2 format. This format enables children to enjoy more touches of the ball, more goals and scoring attempts, and greater involvement in the game.
Ideally, these games are organised within the framework of a tournament within the club or with neighbouring clubs. The KNVB will not be organising a competition for this game format. The KNVB will provide a scripted scenario for organising these games. Preferably, the youngsters are moved from team to team for each game so that a flow of new teams is created. Optionally, children can also play in a 4 versus 4 game format.
Internal Game Format
2 versus 2 rules of play
Children play eight games of four minutes within a tournament framework. Preferably, the youngsters are moved from team to team for each game so that a flow of new teams is created.
A player brings the ball into play from the goal line. Opposition players must retreat to their own half.
A ball behind the goal line is brought back into play from next to the goal.
Corners are taken from the corners of the pitch and dribbled into play.
After a goal, a player brings the ball into play from the goal. Opposition players must retreat to their own half.
out of play
If the ball crosses the sideline, it is dribbled back into play.
A player takes a free kick by dribbling it from the spot where the free kick is awarded.
There is no specific refereeing role for this game format. One or more of the children's supervisors monitors the flow of the game.
No competition is to be organised for this game format.
The KNVB recommends that no rankings and leader boards are maintained or shown within the club.
Hand shaking and high-fives
Stimulate shaking of hands before the game and a high-five afterwards as a way of saying thanks for the game.
The KNVB recommends a size-three ball of 290 grams. A size-five ball is also permitted.