Grades 7-8 teams play 5 a-side with no goal keepers. They play on 30m by 20m pitch with goals that are 1 x 1 metre and use a smaller size 3 ball. Players retreat to half way to encourage the keeper to play out from the back rather than long kicks down the field. Grades 7-8 have 4 x 10 minutes games each Sunday. Capital Football discourages the use of referees but allows direction from a dedicated person for each team from the side-lines.
Grades 9-10 teams play 7 a side with a goal keeper and the rules are close to the full version of the sport like corners, throw ins and keepers. The off-side rule is introduced but applied with discretion. This grade starts to get more positional and uses a size 4 ball. They play on a 30mx20m pitch which is roughly a quarter of a full field. Goals are 4 x 2 metres. Grades 9-10 have 2 x 25 minutes games each Sunday. On field referees start in these grades.
Grades 11-12 teams are 9 a-side with a goal keeper and the rules are as per the full version of the sport like corners, keeper, off-side etc. The goal keeper can now kick out of hand. They play on pitches approx. 60mx45m using full size goals and still using a size 4 ball. Grade 11-12 have 1 x 50 minutes games each week.
Grades 13-14 teams are now up to 11 a-side on a full field with full sized goals. Rules align with the full version of the sport like corners, keeper, off-side etc. Grade 13 has 60 minutes games with a size 4 ball and Grade 14 has 70 minutes games with a size 5 ball.