Internal Game Format 4 versus 4
Under 7s (INTRODUCTION TO FOOTBALL)
As of the 2017/2018 season
The KNVB recommends that the under 7s play in a 4 versus 4 game format. Many clubs are already familiar with this game format. This format enables children to enjoy more touches of the ball, more goals and scoring attempts, and greater involvement in the game.
For this age-group, clubs can organise games within the framework of a tournament on their own grounds or in the neighbourhood. Should a club not be able to organise this itself, the KNVB in partnership with ING will offer support to make it happen as well as take on other organisational tasks. Clubs that would like to play in a pool compiled by the KNVB can register to do so in the normal way. Preferably, the youngsters are moved from team to team for each game so that a flow of new teams is created.
Rules of Play (Dutch PDF)
internal game format
4 versus 4 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. 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 supervisors of the children monitors the flow of the game.
Clubs organise the games for this format themselves. Should this not be possible, the KNVB can support a club with the organisation of this game format. Clubs that would like to play in a pool compiled by the KNVB can register to do so in the normal way.
The KNVB recommends that no rankings and leader boards are maintained or shown within the club.
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.