06. Fun Football 8 Years

Some of our youngest members are introduced to football through ‘Fun Football’ – part of New Zealand Football’s Junior Framework. The players learn new skills in a fun and friendly environment, taking part in weekly sessions that provide wide-ranging benefits:
  • Social & Emotional – lots of interaction, enjoyment
  • Technical & Tactical – lots of touches, 1v1s, attacking & defending
  • Physical – develop Functional Movement Patterns, more active
  • Mental – lots of opportunities for success and for decision making

Whole of Football In-House
Friday evenings – 5:30pm to 6:30pm

First session:  19 June 2020 
Final session:  25 September 2020

No Whole of Football on the following holiday 2020 dates:
10 July

8th Grade CoordinatorNicole Roe coordinator2012@wsafc.org.nz

Grading is strictly based on the year of birth: (2020 Season)
2012 – 8th Grade

Registrations and Teams

Registrations typically open early December through to late February. At the close of registrations, the grade coordinator will put the teams together based on requests as indicated on the registration form (they do their best, nothing is guaranteed). If you have a few friends wanting to play together, they will all have to indicate this on their registration. Click here to register.

Once all registrations are sorted into teams, the coordinator will email out team details (typically early March). Each team will require a volunteer coach, assistant coach, and manager. It is at the team's discretion if they want to practice during the week or not. Teams will be given the option to secure turf space for training if they require it.

Fun Football for Girls
Springs have started a new initiative to provide U8 & U9 girls with more opportunities to develop their skills and have fun playing football with girls of similar ages. The girls will not be allocated specific teams for these sessions, but will be part of a bigger group of girls who attend - growing friendships as well as skills!

Each week there will be a different skill focus and lots of opportunities to practice these playing smaller-sided games (3v3, 4v4, 5v5) during the hour. 

These sessions, for many girls, is their only opportunity to train with other girls during the week. We believe this will accelerate their development and provide more touches of the ball so they can master the core skills whilst they are younger. This will benefit them in their future years as they potentially may have accumulated an additional 15 hours of training during the season and many more touches of the ball.

Fun Football for Girls is held on Sunday mornings at 8:00am and girls can choose to do these sessions in addition to playing with their Friday night team, or they can choose to do one or the other. There is no extra charge to participate in both.

Development Teams
Pre-season all registered
girls and boys in 8th grade are invited to attend the Mixed U8 Player ID Sessions for selection into the WSAFC U8 Development Teams.

Children selected into a development squad will be expected to train twice per week (one team training and one Springs Skills Centre Plus session - extra cost) and will play on Sunday mornings in the WSAFC 9th/10th Grade In-House League between 8:00am and 11:00am. Click here for 2020 Player ID Dates


Team Kits

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.

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

Fun Football Programme
Friday Evenings – 5:30pm

The weekly allocation of pitches and rotation activities will be made available on our website and App usually at least two days in advance. Two teams will be allocated to each 1/4 pitch (POD).

Each team will need two ‘coaches’ on the pitch with their team – one to run the activity card and one to take their team to the other activity (with the other coach). The hooter is sounded to signal the start/end of each activity/game.

Activity cards should be collected from our Whole of Football Coordinator in the clubrooms, at least 15 minutes prior to the session, and returned to the Whole of Football Coordinator at the end of the session.

Maximum of 10 players per team

30m x 24m (1/8th of a pitch) with 2m x 1m goals

5:30   Fit4Football Warm-up activity with own coach
5:38   Activity 1 with own coach
5:47   Activity 2 swap with other team coach

5:56 Return to your original station for a drink – 4 minutes 

Coaches ensure half the team has bibs on and organise with opponents so bibs v non-bibs on each field. After game 1, one team swaps the bibbed players over and then each team plays against the other half of the opposition team.

6:00   Game 1 kick-off
6:14   Bibbed players swap
6:16   Game 2 kick-off
6:30   Clear field (remove goals) return all cards to clubrooms


  • Players are encouraged to enjoy being in possession of the ball; the focus is on having fun and participation
  • Goal kicks and corners can be introduced. For goal kicks, encourage opposition players to retreat back into their own half to allow the team in possession to pass the ball out to begin their attack. 
  • When a goal is scored, encourage the scoring team to retreat to their own half and allow the conceding team to restart from their goal - again passing the ball out
  • Allow kick-ins rather than throw-ins when the ball goes out at the side of the pitch
  • Coaches should try to ensure games are relatively evenly matched. If one team has more players than the opposition then the coaches can monitor the game and balance the teams as fairly as possible by sharing players
  • Team coaches will be on the field to encourage players and their positive behaviours. Coaches should encourage all players to perform different skills and roles within the team

All supporters should watch games from behind the fence or on the balcony and provide encouragement to all players.