Mixed football extended to U16 age group from next year

Wednesday 21 May 2014
Girls and boys can now play football together until U16 level

A change to the age limit at which boys and girls can play football in the same teams has been unanimously voted in by The FA.

The resolution to increase the mixed football age limit from U15s to U16s was approved on Wednesday by The FA shareholders at their AGM after The FA Board, FA Executive and FA Council agreed the proposal.

The change will come into effect for the forthcoming 2014-15 season and will enable The FA to conduct further research into mixed football at this older age group.

Kelly Simmons, FA Director of National Game and Women’s Football, said: “This is really great news and we are delighted that The FA shareholders fully supported the rule change to enable boys and girls to play in the same teams if they wish to do so up to the U16 age limit.

“The most important thing is to give girls who want to play football the choice.”

By FA Staff