Sunday Mornings – 8-9am – 9-10am OR 10-11am
First session: 7 April 2019
Final session: 1 September 2019
No Whole of Football on the following holiday 2019 dates:
21, 28 April, 2 June, 14, 21 July
The focus for these grades is on developing their skills as part of a team playing in a safe and friendly environment. They play 7v7 either for one of our in-house teams in our in-house league or for one of our development teams playing against other clubs throughout Auckland (usually as far as Drury to the south and Bucklands Beach to the east) in an Auckland Football Federation (AFF) league.
Maximum of 10 players per team
Training Pitch or 1/4 of a full pitch with 4m x 2m goals
- 7v7 games including Goalkeepers
- 2 x 25 minute halves with 5 minute half time
- Goal kicks must be taken on the floor by passing out to a team mate
- Throw-ins, free-kicks and penalties introduced
- Only blatant offsides awarded for ‘seagulling’
- The ‘retreating line’ rules are in use. Learn more about the 'retreating line' watch the video or download the booklet
7V7 PLAYING RULES
START AND RESTART OF PLAY: A game is started with a kick to a team mate from the middle of the halfway line. When a goal is scored, play is restarted at the halfway line with the side conceding the goal taking the kick off as per the start of play.
SCORING GOALS: A goal is scored when the whole ball crosses the whole of the line.
BALL CROSSING THE TOUCH LINE: Throw in. The ball should be thrown in to play from behind the touch line. The player should face the field of play with both feet either behind or on the touchline. Players must use both hands to deliver the ball from behind and over their head.
BALL CROSSING THE GOAL LINE: Last touched by defending team – A corner kick is awarded. Last touched by attacking team – Goal kick from anywhere within the penalty area. Opponents retreat to the Retreating Line.
GOALKEEPERS: The Goalkeeper is allowed to handle the ball anywhere in the penalty area. To restart play after a save or gathering the ball with their hands, the ball must be thrown from the hands or played from the ground with their feet. The Goalkeeper is not allowed to kick or drop kick the ball directly from their hands.
FOULS AND MISCONDUCT: There are only indirect free kicks for fouls e.g. when a player: trips/kicks/pushes an opponent; holds/pulls an opponent; handles the ball deliberately; plays in a dangerous manner. A deliberate handball or serious misconduct in the penalty area may lead to the awarding of a penalty kick 7 metres from the goal line.
NOTE - 8 of the 10 fields don’t have penalty areas marked out so please be supportive of goalkeepers when they use their hands. If you think they are too far out when using them then let them know in a supportive manner for next time.
The focus is on educating the players and helping them to learn the simple rules whilst enjoying their football e.g. it's fine to let a goalkeeper restart play again if they kicked the ball out of their hands.
The weekly allocation of fixtures and pitches will be made available on our App usually at least 2 days in advance.
1 fixture will be allocated to each 1/4 pitch.
Teams will play approximately 6-7 grading fixtures and then be placed in an appropriate division.
Post-grading Divisions will be organised after grading and will begin around Sunday 17th June 2019.
Results should be emailed to the Grade Coordinator by 4:00pm on the Sunday.
Should watch games from behind the fence or on the balcony. Provide encouragement to all players but leave specific football comments to the coach.
Those interested in playing an active role supporting the players could:
- be the team manager - helping with organising trainings, games, etc
- be the team coach - taking training and supporting the football experience for the kids during games
- enrol on a Club Based Referee (CBR) course so they can referee games
- run the line as an Assistant Referee
Each team requires volunteer coaches and a manager, and is provided with a kit bag at the start of the season which contains size 4 balls, cones and bibs. All coaches and managers should wear turf boots on the turf.
Coaches should be willing to complete a Junior Coaching Course which will be held at Springs 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 behaviour, and all players to perform different skills and roles within the team.
All players should wear 'Springs' shirt, shorts and socks. These can be purchased online through the WSAFC website or instore at Soccer Scene in Point Chevalier. It is recommended that shin pads are worn, and Turf Boots are compulsory on the Turf.
All coaches and managers are required to wear turf boots on the turf.
Pre-season all registered 9th & 10th Grade players will be invited to attend trials to be part of a WSAFC Development team. Children selected into a development squad will be required to train twice per week (one team training and one Springs Skills Centre Plus session - extra cost) and will play in the AFF (Auckland Football Federation) League on Saturday mornings. Selection into the AFF League requires the ability to play on Saturdays around Auckland and attend tournaments on Sundays, where applicable. Click here for 2019 trial dates
If selected, play for one of these teams on Saturday mornings in the Auckland Football Federation League (AFF):
9th Grade Girls | 9th Grade Mixed | 10th Grade Girls | 10th Grade Mixed
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 Premier Development team, there will be an additional fee required to cover the expenses of this coach.
As a minimum, parent coaches should be willing to complete the NZ Football Junior Level 2 course (if not already completed) - funded by the club.