The Surrey Mirror received a letter from the Surrey County Football Association advising the paper to stop printing the scores of matches featuring teams between the age groups of under-7 and under-11.
The organisation said the directive was being made following a review by the Football Association, the sport’s governing body in England.
In the letter, SCFA chief executive Caroline McRoyall said publishing scorelines was “detrimental to the development of the player and the game”.
She added: “The changes brought in by the FA Youth Review are designed to make youth football more child centred and less results orientated, supporting the long-term development of players.”
A spokesman for the SCFA later added the order was a national directive handed down from the FA.
After receiving the letter, the Mirror asked the FA for a comment on the matter.
However, after getting no response before going to press, the paper decided to publish the results as usual and says it will continue to do so. It is not clear what the penalties for breaking the directive will be.
Surrey Mirror editor Deanne Blaylock said: “We have asked the Football Association for more information on what the penalties would be for breaking the directive and what exactly we are not allowed to publish.
“Until we receive a response, the Surrey Mirror will continue to publish match reports sent in by youth clubs, including the final scores, in the manner we have always done, responsibly and sensitively.
“The feedback we have received so far from youth football managers and parents suggests they want to see their children’s names and achievements in the paper.”
Youth football coach Paul Slaney is among those to have written to the SCFA on the matter.
He told the Mirror: “I can’t see any reason why people can’t be proud and have a mention in the newspaper.
“It’s not how you win, it’s how you lose as well and you have got to lose to win. We had three seasons where we never won a game at home and it’s only this season that we started winning.
“It’s something we are very proud of and the Surrey Mirror supported us. That was essential for our development.”
A spokesman for the FA subsequently told the Daily Telegraph: “The FA places a great deal of importance in ensuring that youth football is played in a positive and fun environment. Our aspiration is to ensure that a progressive, child-friendly approach pervades and we challenge the win-at-all-costs mentality that has been recognised to stifle development and enjoyment for young people.
“Among the range of measures to have been introduced to reflect this, The FA now directs leagues not to publish individual score-lines from matches in competitions featuring Under 11s teams.
“While it is not the intention of The FA to stifle the positive benefits that come from recognition of achievement – and do not suggest this – significant consultation during our FA Youth Review with children (players), parents, coaches, clubs and league volunteers concluded that where there are one-sided score lines, these can act as a disincentive to continue playing for many children.
“This conflicts with our aspiration to make youth football more child-centred and less results orientated on order to support the long-term development of players.”