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How it works

Each team has four players. If a player can't play for any reason, then that team can either find a friend to play instead, or play with just three players (3v4).

All adults will adhere to the Code of Conduct for the event. There will be no coaches or coaching from parents or spectators.

There will be no team-kits. If Team Organisers want to arrange for their team to wear the same colour, they can. Or there will be bibs available if the children want them.

Our Mini-Leagues last for just three or four weeks, so you can enjoy being part of a team without having to commit to the usual 8-month-long football season. All our Mini-League games are held at the same local venue so you don't need to spend hours in a weekend traffic jam searching for a distant away game venue. (Children's football shouldn't be about traffic jams or getting frozen on icey fields).

There are two types of Mini-League: The Summer Mini-League and the Indoor Mini-League. Read below for a description of each.

Indoor Mini-Leagues

The Indoor Mini League is a competitive, indoor tournament for 4-aside teams. We have referees, keep scores and update league tables after each set of games.

However, there are no coaches or coaching. Parents and spectators watch games from a viewing area, and the children play uninterrupted by adult instruction or tuition.

Summer Mini-Leagues

The Summer Mini League is a non-competitive, outdoor event for children of all ages and abilities. We do not keep scores and we do not have league tables.

The children will referee their own games, under the supervision of MoF Coaches. There will be a variety of small-sided game formats used. Some may need goalkeepers, other won't. We will use a variety of different goalposts also - some small pop-up goals, and other larger Samba goals.

In the event of very bad weather, we will postpone games for a week. But be prepared to play in any weather.

History

4v4: Evaluation Page

The first-ever Ministry of Football 4v4 Summer Mini-League took place in July 2011. 22 teams took part, and a total of over 100 children played and enjoyed mini-football in the sunshine.

The first-ever Indoor Mini-League took place in November 2011, with 12 teams competing across two divisions. Congratulations to Rock United and Lesterpool FC on winning their divisions. 16 teams took part in the Indoor Mini-Leagues in 2012, with 8 teams in each division.

There were three Mini-Leagues in 2013 and a further two in 2014. In 2015, one of our MoF coaches, Pete Samways, started the 4v4 event at Fortismere on Saturday afternoons to provide small-sided games for teams of four on a weekly basis. You can read about this here:

http://4v4.uk/

 

 

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4v4 Mini-League Gallery

The first-ever Ministry of Football 4v4 Summer Mini-League took place in July 2011. 22 teams took part, and a total of over 100 children played and enjoyed mini-football in the sunshine.

The first-ever Indoor Mini-League took place in November 2011, with 12 teams competing across two divisions. Congratulations to Rock United and Lesterpool FC on winning their divisions. 16 teams took part in the Indoor Mini-Leagues in 2012, with 8 teams in each division.

Here are the all-time winners of the Indoor Mini-League:

Autumn 2011

Championship Winners Rock United

Premiership Winners Lesterpool FC

Spring 2012

Championship Winners Tetherdown Park Rangers

Premiership Winners Athletico Jostabento

Autumn 2012

Championship Winners The Young Goonies

Premiership Winners Athletico Jostabento

Spring 2013

Championship Winners Red Army

Premiership Winners Arsenal

Summer 2013

Championship Winners The Emeralds

Premiership Winners Tetherdown Park Rangers

Champions League Winners Angry Birds

Autumn 2013

Championship Winners Foxfire

Premiership Winners Tetherdown United

Champions League Winners Angry Birds

Summer 2014

Premiership Winners D Bombers

Champions League Winners Tetherdown Wanderers

Autumn 2014

Premiership Winners The Greek Firepigs

Champions League Winners Arsenal

Above:Tetherdown Park Rangers, Championship Winners March 2012

Below: Athletico Jostabento, Premiership Winners March 2012

Above: Lions FC, Premiership Runners-up, June 2013

Below: Tetherdown Park Rangers, Premiership Winners, June 2013

Above: HT Champions, Championship Runners-up, June 2013

Below: Tetherdown United, Premiership Winners, Nov 2013

Above: Chinese Firepigs, Premiership Third-place, Nov 2013

Below: Tetherdown Wanderers, Champions League Winners, Summer 2014

Game Day teams, Summer 2015

 

Above: Red Hot Steel, Championship Winners, Indoor Mini-League, June/July 2016

Below: Team Nobody, Premiership Winners, Indoor Mini-League, June/July 2016