Mini Football | 11 & 12 Year Olds

The focus for these grades is on continuing to develop their skills as part of a team playing in a safe and friendly environment.

Northern Region Football League (NRF)

Saturday mornings, Seddon Fields AND other club locations throughout Auckland

Start: 8 May 2022
Finish: 26 September 2022

No games: 5 June, 17 July, 24 July

*11th & 12th Grade - players can choose to play 7v7 in-house on Sunday mornings click here for format details.

Grading is strictly based on the year of birth: (2022 Season) 2011 – 11th Grade  |   2010 – 12th Grade

Registrations and Teams

Registrations typically open early February through to April. 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.

Once all registrations are sorted into teams, the coordinator will email out team details (typically mid April). 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

Development Teams
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 2022 Trial dates.

If selected, play for one of these teams on Saturday mornings in the Northern Region Football League (NRF):
11th Grade Girls |  11th Grade Mixed  |  12th Grade Girls |  12th 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.

Mini Football Programme

Saturday Mornings – between 9am - 2pm

The weekly draw will be made available on the Northern Regional Football website a week in advance but is not confirmed until 4pm the Friday prior to game day. 

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 12 players per team

Training Pitch or 1/2 of a full pitch with 4m x 2m goals


  • 9v9 games including Goalkeepers
  • 2 x 27.5 minute halves with 2-3 minute half time
  • Goal kicks must be taken on the floor by passing out to a team mate
  • Throw-ins, free-kicks and penalties introduced
  • Offsides awarded as per FIFA rules
  • The ‘retreating line’ rules are in use. Learn more about the 'retreating line' watch the video or download the booklet

The weekly allocation of fixtures and field locations will be published on the Northern Region Football (NRF) website.

Should watch games from behind the fence or on the balcony. Provide encouragement to all players but leave specific football comments to the coach.

Those interested in playing an active role supporting the players could:

  • Enrol on a Club Based Referee (CBR) course so they can referee games.
  • Run the line as an Assistant Referee.