Mixed/Boys NRF Youth - U13 / U14 / U15 / U17 / U19
U13-U17 - Saturday with kick-off between 12pm & 2:30pm
U19 - Sunday with kick-off between 1pm & 3pm
NRF League - Season Dates
Start: 8 May 2021
Finish: 2 October 2021
No games: 5 June, 17 July, 24 July
13th Grade Coordinator – Karla Flood – firstname.lastname@example.org
14th Grade Coordinator – Paul Speary – email@example.com
15th Grade Coordinator – Jane Welsh – firstname.lastname@example.org
16th Grade Coordinator – Claire-Louise Wilson – email@example.com
17th - 19th Grade Coordinator – Claire-Louise Wilson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Grading is strictly based on the year of birth:
2008 - 13th Grade | 2007 – 14th Grade | 2006 – 15th Grade | 2005 – 16th Grade | 2004 – 17th Grade | 2003 – 18th Grade | 2002 – 19th Grade
The focus for these grades is on developing their skills as part of a team playing in a safe and friendly environment that provides appropriate levels of competition to aid player development. They play 11v11 against other clubs throughout Auckland in a Northern Region Football (AFF) League.
Squads usually consist of up to 16 players per team. The Grade Coordinator, in conjunction with the Football Development Manager, will select teams based upon requests – friends, schools, previous teams (early requests are easier to meet). Players wanting to play for the Division 1 team in their grade will able to attend a trial for this. Teams are usually announced during late March and will be emailed out by the Grade Coordinator.
PITCH (Optimal and where available)
13th & 14th Grade - 82m x 50m
15th & 16th Grade - 90m x 55m
17th & 19th Grade - 100m x 60m
LENGTH OF GAME
13th & 14th Grade - 2 x 35 minute halves
15th & 16th Grade - 2 x 40 minute halves
17th & 19th Grades - 2 x 45 minute halves
- 11v11 games including Goalkeepers
- Up to 5 rolling substitutes
- As per FIFA rules
The weekly allocation of fixtures and field locations will be published on the Northern Region Football (NRF) website.
Home games are usually played at:
- Seddon Fields, Meola Road
- Cox’s Bay Reserve, West End Road
- Walker Park, Walker Road
- Eastdale Reserve, corner of Rosebank Road and Eastdale Reserve
Away games are usually played at other club locations throughout Auckland (e.g. usually as far as Drury to the south and Bucklands Beach to the east, with some games ‘over the bridge’ for the Metro and Conference teams).
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:
- Manage a team – working with the coach
- Coach a team for 1-2 training and 1 game per week
- Enrol in a Club Based Referee (CBR) course so they can referee games.
- Run the line as an Assistant Referee.
COACHES & 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.
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.
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 Northern Region Football (NRF) and Northern Football Federation (NFF).