One of the main differences between the mixed and girls participation pathway is the unique issues relating to playing formats for girls between the ages of nine and thirteen years of age. There are many reasons for this; however the primary reason relates to the amount of technical development required in girls football.
The neural pathway for a player in these age groups is at its most trainable, so it is important to maximise this by providing girls with many more touches during participation games. The maturation of the female player also occurs within these ages and therefore the technical development of the female player can be compromised due to the amount of physical development taking place.
The primary reasons for smaller sided games in girls football are: