We have tried to put together the most frequently asked questions you the public have contacted us for answers to. If you don't find what you want then please contact us and we will find the answer for you and add this to the list

What is a CRB Check?
How do I set up a team/club?
How do I find my local club?
I have a qualification, where can I get coaching experience?
What is Mini Soccer?
What is Futsal?
When can my child start playing in games?
How much football should my child be playing?
What size pitch/ball should I be playing with?
What age group should I be playing in?
What is Charter Standard?
How do I become a qualified coach?

What is a CRB Check?
The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) provides wider access to criminal record information through its Disclosure service. It enables organisations to make safer recruitment decision by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work, especially that involving children or vulnerable adults.
All levels of football will benefit from the checks being carried out by The FA Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Unit on people with access to children in football.
For more information on CRB checks please contact the County Welfare Officer

How do I set up a team/club?
Oxfordshire FA have produced some guidelines for organisations wishing to set up a new club/age group. Please have a look at the guidelines. If you have any queries please contact the Football Development Team.

How do I find my local club?
Oxfordshire FA have a "Find a Club" Section under the "GetIntoFootball" section of this website. The search will help you to identify a team in your locality by postcode, distance from a particular area, team name, gender and/or age group. You can also search for clubs accredited with FA Charter Standard.

I have a qualification, where can I get coaching experience?
The Oxfordshire FA Ltd has limited direct coaching opportunities. The Oxfordshire FA works closely with other organisations in the delivery of football at a local level.
For more information on your local opportunities please visit the Local Authority Websites listed below:
• North Oxfordshire - (e.g. Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington) please visit: www.cherwell-dc.gov.uk
• Oxford City - www.oxford.gov.uk
• West Oxfordshire - (e.g. Witney, Carterton, Burford) please visit: www.westoxon.gov.uk
• South Oxfordshire - (e.g. Thame, Henley, Wallingford) please visit: www.southoxon.gov.uk
• Vale of White Horse - (e.g. Abingdon, Faringdon, Wantage) please visit: www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk

What is Mini Soccer?
In 1999 Mini-soccer was implemented as the form of football for Children Under 10 years of age. Girls and boys are introduced to the game on smaller pitches, smaller goals and fewer players. The aim is to provide a quality experience for all players at all levels. The Football Association deem Mini-soccer as the most appropriate and fun introduction to football. It allows greater involvement in the game, with more touches on the ball, dribbles and passes.
 
What is Futsal?
Futsal is the FIFA/UEFA recognised form of small-sided football. Many Countries that we admire for the technical skills of their players use Futsal as an aspect of Youth Development. Ball retention, quick and skillful play and tactical awareness are all promoted in Futsal.
Futsal is played on a pitch marked with sidelines. The ball (size 4) is a low bounce, slightly heavy ball.

When can my child start playing in games?
Any child should not be playing in organised games until they are at least 6 years old. If their 6th birthday falls within the season, then they cannot play until the following season in organised games.

How much football should my child be playing?
In any one day, no player should play more than the stipulated period below:
Age Group Minimum duration of participation per day per player. Maximum duration of participation per day per player
Over 6 & Under 8s 10 Minutes 45 Minutes
Over 8 & Under 10s 15 Minutes 60 Minutes
Source: Mini-soccer Handbook
 
What size pitch/ball should I be playing with?
The size of football to be used shall be:
• Size 3 is recommended for Under 8's
• The ball should be no larger than size 4 for mini-soccer (up to U10's)
• Size 4 for those playing U11-U14 age groups
• Size 5 for those playing in 14+ age groups.

What age group should I be playing in?
The FA operates a strict 2 year age band in Youth football. The oldest player on the pitch must not be more than 2 years older than the youngest player on the pitch.
To identify the qualifying dates of birth for your age group, please consult the Oxfordshire FA/league handbook.

What is Charter Standard?
The FA Charter Standard is the Football Association's Kite mark of quality. Accreditation is available for all clubs, schools, colleges and holiday courses. Click here for more information on Charter Standard.
Please contact the Football Development team if you are interested in the FA Charter Standard Scheme.
 
How do I become a qualified coach?
It is recommended that all new potential coaches should complete the FA Club Coach Award (FA Level 1.) The course is 28 hours and includes elements of practical and theory work. All candidates will also complete a FA Child Protection workshop and an FA Emergency Aid qualification. For more information please Click here or contact a member of the Football Development team.

 

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