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.
Whole of Football In-House
Sundays – 8am, 9am or 10am
First session: 21 June 2020 Final session: 27 September 2020
No Whole of Football on the following holiday 2020 dates:
Grading is strictly based on the year of birth: (2020 Season)
2011 – 9th Grade | 20010 – 10th 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. All teams are provided with a kit bag at the start of the season which contains size 4 balls, cones, and bibs.
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.
Coaches will be invited (and are encouraged) 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 coaches 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
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. Girls can choose to only participate in the Sunday sessions, or they can attend in addition to their regular team games/trainings. There is no extra charge to participate in both.
Note: Girls playing on Sundays in the In-house league may have games scheduled at 8:00am and therefore will not be able to participate in the girls session on those days.
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 2020 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.
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.
Mini Football Programme
Sunday Mornings – 8am, 9am or 10am
The weekly draw will be made available on our website and App usually at least two days in advance.
Each team will need two ‘coaches’ one to help the kids on the pitch and one to referee half of the game. The coach may also require help from the manager or another volunteer to help with the substitutions.
If your team needs to default the game for any reason, please contact your grade coordinator as soon as possible so alternative arrangements can be made for the opposing team.
Maximum of 10 players per team
Training Pitch or 1/4 of a full pitch with 4m x 2m goals
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.
- 7v7 games including goalkeepers (3 rolling subs)
- 2 x 25-minute halves with 5 minute half time
Teams will play games in 3 batches: Rounds 1 - 4, and 5 - 9 we will aim to group teams with others of similar ability, and then for rounds 10-14 we will place teams in 7 groups of 6 teams to finish the season with 7 group winners!
The coach or manager should email the game results to the Grade Coordinator by 4:00pm on Sunday.
Start and Restart of Play: A game is started with a kick to a teammate 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 touchline. 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.
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.
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.
Offside: The ‘retreating line’ rules are in use to introduce the concept of the ‘offside rule’. Learn more about the 'retreating line' watch the video or download the booklet. Only blatant offsides for ‘seagulling’ are awarded.
All supporters should watch games from behind the fence or on the balcony and provide encouragement to all players.