More about refereeing

Michael Oliver

11v11, or 11-a-side, is perhaps the best known format of football, thanks to the world famous Premier League, but the game can take a variety of shapes. We have referees for every format. The main types are listed below:

Futsal is small-sided football played indoors.

Small-Sided football is the most widely played form of the sport and covers 5v5, 7v7 and 9v9.

Mini Soccer
When starting to play football at an early age young participants are introduced to Mini-Soccer. It is similar to the small sided game but is non-competitive, enjoyable and gives young players an opportunity to try and develop their football skills.

Football Association Laws for Mini-Soccer 5v5
Football Association Laws for Mini-Soccer 7v7

Disability Football
There are dozens of referees throughout England who are qualified to officiate in blind or cerebral palsy (CP) football.

If you would like to learn more about refereeing football in these formats, look out for courses taking place at your local County FA.