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Knowing your rights as a 16 or 17-year-old in adult football
A child is someone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday. Once they turn 18, they are legally an adult. You may be aged U18, but play with over 18s (adults). It's important that you understand your rights in this situation.
- The FA, County Associations and football clubs should always ask parents/carers if it’s ok for their children to get involved in football activity.
- 16-17 year olds will usually be asked to make their own decision about getting involved (self-consent). In some exceptional circumstances parents/carers may also be asked.
Children have the right:
- To feel safe both online and offline;
- To healthy relationships and appropriate boundaries;
- Not to be bullied, harassed or intimidated;
- Not to feel uncomfortable or unsafe;
- Not to be discriminated against because of your age, gender, gender reassignment, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, faith, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity.
Download our Know your Rights leaflet for 16 & 17 Year olds in football here:
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