Mini-Soccer is a reduced version of 11-a-side association football designed to aid the development of young players without losing the essence of the game. Rules are simplified to cater for younger heads and the pitch size is greatly reduced to suit the capabilities of children rather than adults. The numbers of players are also reduced in order to increase the number of touches of the ball that every player gets, therefore developing ball skills much better. Mini-Soccer is for everyone - both sexes and all abilities and is played to increase fun, learning & enjoyment.
In the year 2000 a group of interested parents from throughout the Borough of Ballymena got together with the idea of making this concept a reality. Six teams from the Greater Ballymena area made up the first under 8 league competition which was the first of its kind in
With support of various sponsors and assistance of several agencies the competition now incorporates four age groups and fifty four teams. With more facilities the league could grow even more and the league committee are always looking at ways of making this happen. The league attracts a lot of interest with much coverage given by local press. At least 3 players from the original league in 2000 have progressed to play for their country at schoolboy level.
This year the league has been approved as an official IFA/McDonalds Grassroots games development centre.