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What are the new game formats recommended by the German FA for young players from 5 years of age?

Response from ChatGPT below and for comparison the article from Training Ground Guru here

The German Football Association (DFB) has been known for its progressive and child-friendly approach to youth soccer. One of the key initiatives has been the implementation of new game formats for young players, designed to increase involvement, touches on the ball, and enjoyment of the game.

Here are the game formats that the DFB had recommended for young soccer players:

1. **Bambini (5 years old and younger)**: At this age, the focus is usually on playful interaction with the ball, often without formal competition structures. Games are typically in the form of fun activities and small-sided games without goalkeepers.

2. **F-Juniors (Under 7 and Under 8)**: The recommended format might include 3v3 or 4v4 games on small fields, without goalkeepers. The emphasis is on participation, with multiple games happening simultaneously to ensure all children are active and involved.

3. **E-Juniors (Under 9 and Under 10)**: The progression might involve 5v5 or 7v7 games, sometimes with goalkeepers. These games can be played on larger fields than those used by the F-Juniors but are still smaller than full-sized soccer fields.

4. **D-Juniors (Under 11 and Under 12)**: At this stage, children may play 7v7 or 9v9 formats, introducing elements of the full game while keeping the numbers reduced to ensure more touches on the ball and greater involvement in the game.

The DFB has also been known for its "Fair Play League" concept, where children play without the direct interference of referees and coaches during the game, promoting self-regulation and responsibility among the young players.

For the most current and specific details regarding youth soccer game formats recommended by the DFB, it would be best to consult the latest guidelines released by the DFB or affiliated local soccer associations, as these recommendations can evolve based on ongoing research and development in youth soccer.

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