What Size of Football Should Your Child Use Based on Age?

baby with a size 5 football sitting on the grass
What size of football should children use? We look at FA laws governing ball size and the requirements for games in youth football. Pictured: Baby with a size 5 ball. Definitely not FA sanctioned! ?

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Who knew there were so many sizes of football? Well, if you didn’t you’re not alone. 

Of course, your children can play with whatever ball they want when they’re kicking around in the park! But if they’re going to be playing in leagues, the ball size they play with will be determined by their age. 

So here’s the recommended ball size by age, based on these FA Laws.

Recommended Football Sizes by Age

This is based on the FA Laws mentioned.

Football SizePlaying Age GroupAge of Players Typically Playing at that Age Group*
MiniN/AAll ages
Midi (Size 2)N/A3 to 6
3Under 76 to 7
Under 87 to 8
Under 98 to 9
Under 109 to 10
4Under 1110 to 11
Under 1211 to 12
Under 1312 to 13
Under 1413 to 14
5Under 1514 to 15
Under 1615 to 16
Under 1716 to 17
Under 1817 to 18

*Typical age is the usual age group of those players. Children aged 6 to 14 can play “up” a single age group. I.e a child who is 6 years old on 31st August could play for under 7s (their usual age group) or could play “up” at under 8s that season. When a child reaches 15, they can play up by up to 2 levels (so at 15 they can play at u16, u17 and u18 and at 16, they can play u17, u18 and open age).

What size ball if your child isn’t playing in a team?

The FA laws are based on a number of factors. So we’d suggest staying within the guidance. If your child isn’t playing a team, then loosely this would be as follows:

AgeFootball Size
ToddlersMini
3 to 6Midi (Size 2)
6 to 10Size 3
10 to 14Size 4
14 and overSize 5
Size 2 Football
Size 3 Football
Size 4 Football
Size 5 Football
Mitre Impel L30P Football, Highly Durable, Shape Retention, White/Green, 2
Mitre Impel L30P Football, Highly Durable, Shape Retention, White/Blue, 3
Mitre Impel L30P Football, Highly Durable, Shape Retention, Yellow/Green, 4
Mitre Impel L30P Football, Highly Durable, Shape Retention, White/Green, 5
£12.00
£12.00
Price not available
£12.00
Size 2 Football
Mitre Impel L30P Football, Highly Durable, Shape Retention, White/Green, 2
£12.00
Size 3 Football
Mitre Impel L30P Football, Highly Durable, Shape Retention, White/Blue, 3
£12.00
Size 4 Football
Mitre Impel L30P Football, Highly Durable, Shape Retention, Yellow/Green, 4
Price not available
Size 5 Football
Mitre Impel L30P Football, Highly Durable, Shape Retention, White/Green, 5
£12.00

What’s the Difference Between the Various Size Footballs?

So roughly, this is the circumference and diameter of the various size of footballs as stipulated by the FA.

For anyone (like me) who’s put GCSE Maths as far out of their head as possible, I’ll save you the Google:

  • Circumference is the measurement the whole way around the ball. So you could measure this by wrapping a piece of string around the middle of the ball and measuring the string
Football SizeCircumference (cm)Weight (g)
Size 358 to 61300 to 340
Size 463.5 to 66340 to 390
Size 568 to 70410 to 450

 

Does it really matter what size ball children play football with?

Nobody will stop your 6 year old kicking around the garden or the park with a size 5 football. But the guidance exists to ensure children are playing with a ball of the size and weight most suited to the typical size of a child at any given age group.

Ball size is enforced in games. If you’re playing in an FA affiliated league or competition, the referee should be insisting upon the correct size ball. But of course, kicking around on your own, you can play with whatever ball you want. If the kids are likely to want to play for a team (even if they’re not yet) then it probably makes sense for them to kick about with whatever size ball they’d be playing their games with. 

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