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: (2023 Season)
2018 - 5th Grade | 2017 - 6th Grade | 2016 – 7th Grade | 2015 – 8th Grade |
2014 – 9th Grade | 2013 – 10th Grade | 2012 – 11th Grade | 2011 – 12th Grade
Our social pathway provides the opportunity for players to play in teams largely based on player preferences (e.g. play with specific friends, in a previous team, etc) and with a commitment to one training per week plus a game. Players may also choose to register and attend Skill Centre training as a second weekly training.
Academy pathway provides opportunities for players (9th Grade and above) who are highly motivated and committed to training twice per week with teams formed based on abilities, commitment and motivation. Players following this pathway must be able to commit to two training sessions a week (one team training plus a Skills Centre session) plus a game (played across Auckland), and must attend Player ID sessions (mixed teams) or muster day(s) (for girls only teams) in February to be considered for an Academy Team.
Female players (Grades 5-8) will play in our McDonalds First Kicks and Fun Football programmes as part of a mixed (generally 80% boys) team. Depending on numbers, girls only teams can be formed and players can make any request (e.g. play with specific friends, in a previous team, in a girls team, etc) when they register for the season. For any specific queries please contact the appropriate Grade Coordinator .
Female players aged 9-12 (Grades 9-12) can choose to play in either Girls Only Teams or Mixed (Boys and Girls) Teams following either the Social or Academy pathway, with the option to change teams / pathways each season.