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FA brings kids football down to size


The FA has voted for changes that mean from 2014 younger children must play in sides with fewer players and on smaller pitches, partly in order to encourage the kind of skills that eventually make an impact in the senior game.

Les Howie, head of Grassroots coaching at the FA, told the Today programme that the support for the changes has been "overwhelming".

"It will become more like the real game", he explains.

Football manager Dave Bassett said young players will get "more realistic game control".

"Its important that the skill element is involved", he told Justin Webb.

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