17. Youth

The second stage of the award-winning Whole of Football Plan is in the form of the Youth Framework, which aims to encourage more young New Zealanders to fall in love with the beautiful game.

Launched by New Zealand Football in 2011, the Whole of Football Plan provides a unified pathway for players, coaches, referees and administrators to deliver a consistent high-quality experience that is designed and tailored to meet their needs.

The Youth Framework will look to capitalise on the success of Junior Football by keeping young players involved and making sure they are enthusiastic about playing in the vulnerable age category of 13 to 19.

The Youth Framework is an essential element of the Whole of Football Plan and is based on extensive research. It caters for all players, from those who simply want to play football to those who aspire to play at the highest level. It also guides coaches on how to support players by providing a range of appropriate competition and training structure environments.

Grading is strictly based on the year of birth:
2006 – 13th Grade | 2005 – 14th Grade  |  2004 – 15th Grade  |  2003 – 16th Grade  |  2002 – 17th Grade  |  2001 – 18th Grade  |  2000 – 19th Grade


 

Organisation of Teams

All registrations are sent to the relevant Grade Coordinator, and where possible the Grade Coordinator will select teams based upon requests – friends, schools, previous teams (early requests are easier to meet). Teams are usually announced during mid March and will be emailed out by the Grade Coordinator. Female players have the option to play in an all female team - see Girls Youth Football.

Both male and female players have the option of trialling to be selected for one of our Metro or Conference teams in 13th, 14th, 15th or 17th grades.  There is no 16th grade Metro or Conference competition.


 

Metro & Conference Teams

Pre-season all registered 13th - 17th grade players are invited to attend trials to be part of a Metro or Conference team.  Players (boys and girls are eligible) who are selected in these teams will be required to train twice per week and play a game on a Sunday in competitions organised jointly by Auckland Football Federation (AFF)and Northern Football Federation (NFF).

These games will take place either at Seddon Fields and away at clubs throughout Auckland (e.g. up north as far as Northland and south to Drury).  Click here for 2019 trial dates and information


 

Coaches and Managers

Each team requires a volunteer coach, assistant coach and a manager (including development teams). Every team will be provided with a kit bag at the start of the season which contains balls, cones and bibs. It is up to the team if they have practice or not and there will be the opportunity to request Turf space at Seddon Fields for practices. The club also has bookings that allows any team to use Walker Park and Cox Bay for practices during the week.

Coaches are encouraged to complete a Youth Coaching Course which will be held in the Western Springs Clubrooms and at no expense to the coach. These usually require you to attend just one session and will help you with ideas on how to help the kids develop. Team Coaches should encourage positive behaviours, and all players to perform different skills and roles within the team.

 

METRO AND CONFERENCE COACHES

Western Springs AFC is committed to continuing to improve the level of coaching at the Club. Where the Club is able to provide a suitably qualified non-parent coach for any Metro or Conference team, there will be an additional fee required to cover the expenses of this coach throughout the season


 

WSAFC Kit

All players should wear 'Springs' shirt, shorts and socks. These can be purchased online or instore at Soccer Scene in Point Chevalier. It is recommended that shin pads are worn, and Turf Boots are compulsory on the Turf.

Teams playing in the Metro league will be supplied with numbered shirts, but will need to provide own shorts and socks.

All coaches and managers are required to wear turf boots on the turf.


 

Mixed AFF League

Auckland Football Federation

Girls and Boys aged 13-19

First game: 13 April 2019
Final game: 17 August 2019 (provisional date)

No AFF League on the following 2019 holiday dates:
20 April and 13 July

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Female AFF League

Auckland Football Federation

Girls aged 13 - 19

First game: 13 April 2019
Final game: 17 August 2019 (provisional date)

No AFF League on the following 2019 holiday dates:
20 April and 13 July

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Metropolitan League

Auckland & Northern Football Federations

Selected Boys and Girls aged 13-19

First game: 7 April 2019
Final game: 18 August 2019 (provisional date)

No NFF Metropolitan League on the following 2019 holiday dates:
21 April, 14 July

NOTE:
13th Grade – Grading competition begins on Saturday 16th March and includes 5 games played over 6 dates (16th Mar, 17th Mar, 23rd Mar, 24th Mar, 30th Mar, 31st Mar). The outcome of these games will determine what competition the two 13th grade teams play in during 2019.

17th Grade –  A grading competition will be used to start the season (7th April) and be used to determine the Metro, Conference, Conference 2 (and as needed Conference 3).  Further information will be shared when available closer to the season.

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Conference League

Auckland & Northland Football Federations

Selected Girls and Boys aged 13-19

First game: 7 April 2019
Final game: 18 August 2019 (provisional date)

No AFF Conference League on the following 2019 holiday dates:
21 April, 14 July

NOTE:
13th Grade – Grading competition begins on Saturday 16th March and includes 5 games played over 6 dates (16th Mar, 17th Mar, 23rd Mar, 24th Mar, 30th Mar, 31st Mar). The outcome of these games will determine what competition the two 13th grade teams play in during 2019.

17th Grade –  A grading competition will be used to start the season (7th April) and be used to determine the Metro, Conference, Conference 2 (and as needed Conference 3). Further information will be shared when available closer to the season.

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Premier Girls

Auckland & Northland Football Federations

Selected Girls aged 13-19

First game: 7 April 2019
Final game: 18 August 2019 (provisional date)

No AFF/NFF Metropolitan Youth and Conference Leagues on the following 2019 holiday dates:
21 April, 14 July

NOTE:
13th Grade – Grading competition begins on Saturday 16th March and includes 5 games played over 6 dates (16th Mar, 17th Mar, 23rd Mar, 24th Mar, 30th Mar, 31st Mar). The outcome of these games will determine what competition the two 13th grade teams play in during 2019.

17th Grade –  A grading competition will be used to start the season (7th April) and be used to determine the Metro, Conference, Conference 2 (and as needed Conference 3). Further information will be shared when available closer to the season.

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