In 2011, New Zealand Football launched the award winning Whole of Football Plan, a plan which aligned strategy, workforce and focus across football development in New Zealand.

McDonald’s Junior Football aims to provide all children aged 5-12 years with high quality Football experiences that increase passion for the game, fundamental movement and playing skills. All whilst having fun!

Through McDonald’s Junior Football, players will experience age appropriate games and coaching in a programme that is specifically tailored to meet their wants and needs. They will learn new skills in a fun and friendly environment, taking part in weekly sessions that promote General Movement (Fit4football 11+ kids), Football Coordination, Football Technique and Small Sided Games.

Providing standardised playing formats, clear outcomes and training recommendations for each stage of a player’s development, the importance of the McDonald’s Junior Football cannot be underestimated.  It will ensure the experience provided at the grassroots leaves Kiwi kids enthused, technically competent and in love with sport.

These Junior programmes are offered:

  • McDonald’s First Kicks (5-6 Years) Grade 5 & 6
  • McDonald’s Fun Football (7-8 Years) Grade 7 & 8
  • McDonald’s Mini Football (9-10 Years) Grade 9 & 10
  • McDonald’s Mini Football (11-12 Years) Grade 11 & 12

Grading is strictly based on the year of birth: (2022 Season)
2017 - 5th Grade  |  2016 – 6th Grade  |  2015 – 7th Grade  |  2014 – 8th Grade  |  

2013 – 9th Grade  |  2012 – 10th Grade  |  2011 – 11th Grade  |  2010 – 12th Grade  |