The move means that mixed teams will be able to compete at under 12 and under 13 level from the 2011/2012 season. Previously when girls hit 12 years old they could no longer play in a mixed team.
“This will make a real difference to girls who get a lot of enjoyment out of playing football up and down the country within this age group,” said Sports Minister Hugh Robertson. “I must also commend Emily Lewis-Clarke, the 11 year old school girl from Devon who has highlighted this issue and campaigned hard for a change in the FA rules.”
The decision follows a four year study carried out by the FA into mixed football which showed a demand for the age limit to be extended.