In 2021 Football Victoria will join other member federations in Australia by implementing the 9v9 format in the Under 13 Boys’ and Girls’ competitions. This decision has been made to provide the best learning environment for young players so each individual can realise their full potential.
9-a side in Under 12s allows players to be challenged technically as well as physically through multiple repeated actions in smaller areas. It also aims to set realistic expectations that meet the needs of young footballers, rather than senior players. It focuses on the development of a player rather than the result of the match.