Frequently Asked Questions...

What is Fairplay?

We will do our very best to give you the most competitive fixtures we can. By that we mean we will pair you with teams of similar ability where both teams will need to play at their very best in order to win. Sometimes we get this wrong or other circumstances mean that one team may not be performing at its best.

Fairplay is about recognising that the teams are not fairly matched and instead of pressing on regardless until the final whistle with a game that is not benefiting the development of either team, both team’s coaching staff look at ways to change the game so that both teams continue to benefit from the experience.

It does not mean that one team should add players or the other should take players off in the hope that this will even up the teams. It requires creative thinking by both sets of coaches working together to come up with training ground routines that can be inserted into the game to add new challenges so that both teams can develop their skills at the appropriate level.

How does the BMSL work?

The BMSL pr0vides four seasons in one. Each mini-season lasts for 7 weeks with one or two weeks between each where fixtures will not be scheduled. Each team in the BMSL can expect to have between 20 and 28 scheduled fixtures in a full season.

We operate a ladder at each age group, which sees teams split into ability groups where the teams play each other once during a mini-season. At the end of the mini-season, each team’s performance is studied, and where necessary teams move up or down the ladder so that they can find more competitive games.

When are matches played?

Matches are played on Sunday morning. Our normal kick-off time is 10.30 am, although teams can agree to play at other times if the home team has to share their pitch with other teams.

How long is a game?

Game playing time at Under 7 and Under 8 is 40 minutes while playing time at Under 9 and Under 10 is 50 minutes. Team administrators can agree to reduce the amount of playing time if it is in the best interest of the players. Games must not exceed these maximum playing times.

Where do your teams come from?

The vast majority of our clubs, as the name would suggest, come from within Bedfordshire. We can also have clubs that are located in Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, or Hertfordshire.

What size should the pitch be?

The pitches for Under 7 and Under 8 should be between 30 yards and 40 yards long and between 20 yards and 30 yards wide.

The pitches for Under 9 and Under 10 should be between 50 yards and 60 yards long and between 30 yards and 40 yards wide.

Where a marked pitch is too big, cones or other suitable markers can be used to reduce the size of the pitch to acceptable parameters.

Where a suitably marked pitch is unavailable, cones or other suitable markers can be used to mark the boundaries of the playing area.

What size should the goals be?

The recommended size of goals is no larger than 12′ x 6′. We have no objection to other sizes being used so long as they are safe and the same for both teams. We also do not object to jumpers being used as goalposts. 🙂

What size should the ball be?

As per FA rules, all ages must use a size 3 ball.