FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Participation in a team sport has long been recognised as playing an important role in the development of a child’s character. It teaches the child responsibility and discipline, and helps to develop a child’s concentration span and self confidence. Team sport widens a child’s range of friends and provides a healthy outdoor activity which leads to increased fitness and development of gross motor skills.
Football is basically a simple game and is easy to learn. It is truly a team game in which the size of the player has little relevance.
Registration, will be available online from January. The season usually runs between the Easter school holidays and the September school holidays, with a mid-season break over the June school holidays. Generally, children under 6 to under 11 years of age play on Saturdays. Players U12 and above can play either Saturdays or Sundays.
Training: Training is determined by the coach and the team. Generally teams U6 – U11, train once a week. Up to 45mins. On either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from 4pm up to 7pm.
The youngest players must turn 5 years of age during the calendar year.
No, children aged 6 to 10 years play a small version of football, on a smaller field. The rules have been modified to give the kids more fun and more time on the ball. The full field until Under 12 years.
The number of players, and size of the ball are changed as the players grow, starting with 4 players at U6 and progressing to 9 players for under 10.
Teams are divided into six age groups:
- Under 6s, Under 7s play four a side with no goal keepers on a very reduced pitch;
- Under 8s and Under 9s play 7 a side on a about a quarter size field;
- Under 10s and Under 11s play nine a side, on about half an adult-sized field.
- U12 and above play eleven a side on a full field.
Yes, girls play football with our association. All clubs have girls and boys in mixed teams, and some clubs offer all-girl teams. We as a club if you have the right number of female players we will have female only teams. If not they will be mixed.
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Each club charges different registration fees. Part of this fee is paid to the Association for ground hire, Football Federation membership, insurance, match fees and referees fees. Scroll down below for each age group’s fee.
The Club requires players to purchase socks and shorts in club colours. Players must also have shin guards, soccer boots and their own water bottles.
There are three different sizes of footballs, as different age groups use different sized balls to give them the best chance of developing skills:
- U6 to U9 use a size 3 ball
- U10 use a size 4 ball
- All other age groups use a size 5 ball
There are many jobs at a football club that can occupy small or large amounts of your time; from helping keep the fields in order, to working from home on your computer. Contact the Club Secretary, and tell them how much time you’re prepared to donate and what your interests are.
Sponsorships can range from small to large club sponsorship packages. Please contact the club for more information.
There are no premiership points. This is one of the most important aspects as this moves the emphasis from winning to learning and having fun.
We encourages the frequent interchange of players so that all players get equal time on the field. Coaches are encouraged to rotate players so that they do not think of themselves as defenders, forwards or goalkeepers but as Football players. Young players develop the skills needed for all positions and players can later make a decision about which position they enjoy the most.
Football helps develop active children, as it lets them exercise in a fun and safe environment. There is little chance of injury in football as players must wear shin pads to protect themselves, and referees ensure fair play.
Football about young girls and boys playing together, making friends, having fun and learning the benefits of team participation and team sport.