APP – WOF First Kicks Format

First Kicks Programme
Saturday Mornings – 8:00am & 9:00am at Walker Park, Walker Road

Each team will need two ‘coaches’ on the pitch with their team – one to run the activity card and one to take the team around the POD to complete all four activities. Teams will move around the POD in a clockwise direction. The hooter is sounded to signal the start/end of each activity/game.

TEAMS
Maximum of 8 players per team

PITCH
25m x 17m (1/16th of a pitch) with 2m x 1m goals

FORMAT - Based on starting at 8am
7:40 POD Coordinators collect activity cards from the clubrooms
8:00 Activity 1 - Fit4Football 11+ kids (learn more about Fit4Football here)
8:08 Activity 2 - Football Technique
8:16 Activity 3 - Football Coordination
8:24 Activity 4 - Small Sided Game
8:32 Return to original Station for a drink – 2 minutes

Coaches ensure half the team has bibs on. The players wearing bibs will move clockwise to play two 8 minute games. One coach will move with the bibbed players and the other will remain with the non-bib players.

8:34   Bibbed players rotate clockwise – Game 1 kick-off
8:42   Bibbed players rotate clockwise – Game 2 Kick-off
8:50   Pod coordinators return all cards to clubrooms

 

FORMAT - Based on starting at 9am
8:40 POD Coordinators collect activity cards from the clubrooms
9:00 Activity 1 - Fit4Football 11+ kids (learn more about Fit4Football here)
9:08 Activity 2 - Football Technique
9:16 Activity 3 - Football Coordination
9:24 Activity 4 - Small Sided Game
9:32 Return to original Station for a drink – 2 minutes

Coaches ensure half the team has bibs on. The players wearing bibs will move clockwise to play two 8 minute games. One coach will move with the bibbed players and the other will remain with the non-bib players.

9:34   Bibbed players rotate clockwise – Game 1 kick-off
9:42   Bibbed players rotate clockwise – Game 2 Kick-off
9:50   Pod coordinators return all cards to clubrooms

RULES

  • Players are encouraged to enjoy being in possession of the ball; the focus is on having fun and participation
  • There are no throw-ins, goal kicks, corners, free kicks, or kickoffs
  • If the ball goes out of play or a goal is scored, coaches are encouraged to throw a ball back onto 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

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

Duties of a POD Coordinator

  • Collect your high vis vest and POD’s activity cards from the Whole of Football Coordinator by 7:40am (8am game) or 8:40am (9am game)
  • Put on your high vis vest, find your field and hand out the activity cards to the coaches in your POD
  • Ensure all four teams in your POD have their gear and are set up ready to kick off at 8:00am or 9:00am
  • Check coaches have put bibs on half of their players. If a team is short on players, ask for volunteers from the other teams to make up numbers for the games after the activities.
  • Stay with your POD and help throw back balls that have gone out of play
  • Help the teams rotate in a clockwise direction when the hooter sounds – encourage a fast change when moving from one activity to the next and when moving into the small-sided games
  • Ensure NO parents/spectators are in the middle area of the grids / on the field. There should be no more than 2 adults on the grid at any one time (coaches only)
  • Make sure you and the children are having fun!
  • Collect all the activity cards back from the teams and return them and your vest to the coordinator.

Tip: Collect the cards from the coaches at the 2-minute break (after the activities and before the games)