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 – 4:15pm to 5:15pm at Walker Park, Walker Road 

(will return to 5:30-6:30pm at Seddon Fields, Meola Road, once the turf is available again)

First session: Friday 6th May 2022
Final session:  Friday 23 September 2022

No Whole of Football on the following holiday 2022 dates:
3rd June, 15th July, 22nd July

8th Grade Coordinator – Claire Turner coordinator2014@wsafc.org.nz

Grading is strictly based on the year of birth: (2022 Season)
2014 – 8th Grade

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 – 4:15-5:15pm

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, 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 20m (1/10th of a pitch) with 2m x 1m goals

FORMAT - Based on starting at 4:15pm

4:15   Fit4Football Warm-up activity with own coach
4:24   Activity 1 with own coach
4:33   Activity 2 swap with other team coach

4:42 Return to your original station for a drink – 3 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.

4:45   Game 1 kick-off
4:59   Bibbed players swap
5:01   Game 2 kick-off
5:15   Clear field (remove goals) return all cards to Whole of Football Coordinator


  • 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.