The focus for these grades is on developing their skills as part of a team playing in a safe and friendly environment. Our 9th & 10th Grade development teams play against other clubs throughout Auckland (usually as far as Drury to the south and Bucklands Beach to the east) in the Northern Region Football (NRF) league.
Northern Region Football League
Saturdays – between 9am and 2pm
First session: Saturday 8 May 2021
Final session: Saturday 25 September 2021
No Whole of Football on the following holiday 2021 dates:
5 June, 17 July, 24 July
Grading is strictly based on the year of birth: (2021 Season)
2012 – 9th Grade | 2011 – 10th Grade
Pre-season all registered 9th & 10th Grade players will be invited to attend Player ID Sessions to be part of a WSAFC Development team. Players selected into a development squad will be required to train twice per week (one team training and one Springs Skills Centre session - extra cost) and will play in the NRF (Northern Region Football) League on Saturday mornings. Selection into the NRF League requires the ability to play on Saturdays around Auckland and attend tournaments on Sundays, where applicable. Click here for 2021 Trial dates.
If selected, play for one of these teams on Saturday mornings in the Northern Region Football League (NRF):
9th Grade Mixed | 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
Saturday Mornings – between 9am and 2pm
The weekly draw will be available on the NRF website. Please check each week as it does tend to change as teams are moved between pools as needed to keep the competitions even.
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
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.