Youth Leagues

Youth & Mini Soccer Leagues.

There has never been a more exciting time to get into children's football.
Small-sided formats such as 4v4 and 5v5 are at the forefront of delivery within our youth leagues as the Youth Development Review takes shape, and the future of the game is designed to increase the number of touches of the ball, develop confidence and skill in 1v1 situations while assissting with the long term player development of young footballers in this country.

Devon has a total of 8 affiliated youth football leagues:
• North Devon Youth League
• Mid Devon Mini-Soccer League
• Exeter & District Youth League
• East Devon Youth League
• Pioneer Youth League (South Devon)
• Devon Junior & Minor League
• U18 Devon County Youth League
• Devon Girls Football League

Devon County FA is committed to supporting our leagues with the following:
• Free in-service training events for coaches
• Increase the number of FA Charter Standard Clubs
• Increase the number of FA Charter Standard Leagues
• Increase the number of active referees
• Raise the standards of welfare throughout football
• Promote and support the FA’s RESPECT programme
• Promote the FA’s coach education and volunteer programme
• Create better players through the FA Skills Programme
• Develop and support the governance of the Game

On the 28th May 2012, the FA formally ratified recommendations of the Youth Development Review. These amendments to the youth game can be found below in The FA's individual guidance booklets. Some other documents that coaches may find of interest are below:

Winning v Development
Rotation of Positions in Youth Football

For more information on Youth Football please contact Dai Carpenter, Senior Football Development Officer, on Tel: 01626 323562, Mob: 07792 634577 or email


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