Junior Football teams are organised according to the school year e.g.

Team School Year Format Match length Ball size
U7’s 2 5 v 5 20 mins E/W 3
U8’s 3 5 v 5 20 mins E/W 3
U9’s 4 7 x 7 25 mins E/W 3
U10’s 5 7 x 7 25 mins E/W 4
U11’s 6 9 v 9 30 mins E/W 4
U12’s 7 9 v 9 30 mins E/W 4
U13’s 8 11 v 11 35 mins E/W 4
U14’s 9 11 v 11 35 mins E/W 4
U15’s 10 11 v 11 40 mins E/W 5
U16’s 11 11 v 11 40 mins E/W 5
U18’s 11 11 v 11 45 mins E/W 5

After discussion with the Team Manager, If you are invited to join training you will be asked to complete a form providing key information such as emergency contacts.  Non-members pay a weekly fee to the Team Manager.

Please do not attend training without prior discussion, we do not wish to cause offence.

Please see the relevant Teams pages for contact details.

If you are invited to join a team, you will be asked to:

  • complete a player registration form
  • sign up to the player agreement
  • attend training and matches weekly, in the correct kit and with appropriate shinpads
  • paying monthly subs


  • Most teams train at least once per week, this will be a time commitment of min. 1hr during the week.
  • Teams train at different venues in the summer and winter, you will need to ensure you can get to the venues to attend weekly.
  • Failure to attend training regularly may result in less playing time, or not being selected for matches.


  • Depending upon the league you will play in travel will be required across Birmingham.  Each team plays each other away and at home.  Please speak to your Team Manager if you need assistance getting to games.
  • Your Team Manager will confirm your home venue and kick off time at the start of each season (this is subject to change).  Fixtures are normally released 2 weeks in advance and can be found on the link (from your teams webpage).
  • Kick off can range from 9am to 3pm, you will be asked to arrive 30 – 45mins prior to kick off to facilitate training/ warm up.

Team Format Match length
U7 5 v 5 20 mins E/W
U9 7 x 7 25 mins E/W
U11 9 v 9 30 mins E/W
U13 11 v 11 35 mins E/W
U15 11 v 11 40 mins E/W
U17 11 v 11 45 mins E/W


We commit to providing a safe and fun environment for members, this means:

  • Ensuring our Team Managers/ Coaches/ Committee Members are adequately trained (with a Manager per team having FA Level 1, Safeguarding and First Aid Trained).
  • Ensuring our Team Managers/ Coaches/ Committee Members are suitably qualified to work with children (all Youth Offiicials will have a DBS check every 3 years).
  • We will provide each team with basic/ suitable equipment, such as balls, cones, bibs and kit.

Membership fees are determined each season at the AGM and are usually made up of two options:

  • Annual Fee: one off payment of the season fees
  • Monthly Fee: one off registration fee (due prior to Season start) and a monthly fee due for 10 months (usually August to May).

The season’s fees will be provided in the player registration or confirmed by your Team Manager.

Fees cover:

  • kit
  • equipment (training balls/ match balls, bibs, first aid kits, additional training equipment such as matchday goals etc)
  • league fees
  • referee fees
  • insurance
  • facilities/ venues

We rely on volunteers to run the club, whether your passionate about managing a team or contributing your time to support an existing team, or the wider club.

Team Managers can be a parent or just someone with some spare time and a passion for the game.  You may wish to take on a team with no existing manager, or to support the creation of a new team from the beginning.  We welcome volunteers throughout the year!

Running a club of this size requires lots of volunteers, we are always looking out for individuals to get involved across the club, and contribute their skills and/or time, this might be becoming a Team Coach or Manager, volunteering via Duke of Edinburgh award, helping the Committee on a regular basis (e.g., organising events/ fundraising, finding sponsors, supporting club administration), or providing adhoc support as/when it suits you.  Please contact us at admin@bartleyredsfc.co.uk to discuss your interest.

If you have any concerns about a Bartley Reds player or members safety or wellbeing, either on or off the pitch, please contact the Welfare Officer – Amy Smith (Amychleo.smith08@gmail.com)