Is there any flexibility on disability players playing mainstream football as my child is struggling in their age group?

Modified on Thu, 16 Feb 2023 at 03:18 PM

The FA’s rules, specifically the standard code of rules for youth competitions (SCORYC), prescribe age groups for children to play in which are designed to ensure that they compete with peers of similar size and development. However, for some children with a disability or significant physical development delay (SPDD), playing in the prescribed age group would put them at a substantial disadvantage to their non-disabled team mates, discouraging them from being involved or making it impossible for them to access football altogether. The FA dispensation policy enables disabled children to play football in an age group other than that prescribed by their date of birth, providing all necessary criteria of the dispensation policy and assessment process is met. You can find full details of the FA' Dispensation Policy via the attachment. 

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