IAN Lowe (pictured), the SFA regional manager for the east of Fife, says the non-professional game is booming.
December saw the number of registered footballers cross the 100,000 mark in Scotland.
“The key is to make the first taste of football as exciting and as fun as possible by children enjoying lots of touches of the ball and by having coaches and volunteers that allow the children to learn from their mistakes in a stress free environment,” he said.
“Therefore our leagues and associations have developed 4v4 centres for 6-8 year olds to make this happen.
“4v4 football at a young age helps reproduce the same environment seen in traditional street football, where children play with minimal rules and minimal adult involvement.
“This ethos has been fully taken on board by the Central and East Fife Soccer 7s Association who devised a schedule which gives an outlet for youngsters to play 4v4 football and enjoy dribbling, shooting and tackling.”
For details visit www.scottishfa.co.uk/east.