TRAINING THAT LOOKS LIKE THE GAME, TO ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO BE COMFORTABLE ON THE BALL.
The Junior Football player will play games with motivational and competitive challenges, with a growing emphasis placed on the learning of technical skills. Game days tend be more focused on the matches themselves, with 7v7 and 9v9 team sizes providing appropriate building blocks to the 11v11 format of youth football.
This is the stage to ensure core skills are in place for long term participation in the game. On top of this, we strive to create a creative environment that promotes a desire to enjoy sport whilst being challenged and trying new things. At this age, players become more competitive and aware of others, but retain a thirst to learn through playing. Coaches provide them with a challenging environment that offers lots of opportunities make decisions, learn new skills and apply them within the game.
Our Junior grades are for those children aged between 9 and 12 years old (the age they turn during the season)
- 9th Grade – 7 aside, 55 x 35 field, 2 games, 10 players per team
- 10th Grade – 7 aside, 55 x 35 field, 2 games, 10 players per team
- 11th Grade – 9 aside, 70 x 50 field, 1 game, 12 players per team
- 12th Grade – 9 aside, 70 x 50 field, 1 game, 12 players per team
Grades are based on age, i.e 9th graders turn 9 this year (Jan 1st – Dec 31st). Games are played on fields across the North Harbour and West Auckland region against other club teams. Kick off times vary with each grade but are typically
- 10am for 9th Grade
- 11am for 10th Grade.
- 11am for 11th Grade
- 12pm for 12th Grade
The Northern Football Federation (NFF) also offer Girls-only leagues between Grades 9-12, subject to the number of entries.
Junior Development vs Participation
Players will determine on registration whether they want to enter the Trials and be considered for the Development Squad in each grade. If players do not wish to enter the Trials they will automatically be placed within a participation team. Players may select to play with school or friends and where possible the Club will group them together when forming the teams. Please specify any preferences when registering.
Development Squads (Grades 9-12)
The development squad comprises 1-2 teams in each grade made up of players selected by professional coaching staff at the trials. All players wishing to play Development Football will be required to attend trials and whilst all effort to accommodate all players wishing to play at this level will be made, there is a limit to the number of teams the Club will support, and a limit to the number of players in each team.
In order to be considered for a development squad the player must understand the following:
- Attendance at training 2 x per week (subject to cancellation) is recommended unless prior agreement with coach or illness/injury.
- Availability during the season to attend both training, Saturday games including weekends of the school holidays and Sunday tournaments is required.
- Selection of the players for either team during the season will be based on their commitment, attitude and performance.
- One training session per week will be taken by the Director of Coaching, the other by the team coach.
- There are additional fees charged to support the cost of this professional coaching, uniforms and tournament entry where applicable, in addition to the basic registration fee.
In providing the development option the Club is seeking to accommodate those players who are committed to attend training at least twice a week and want a higher level of competition. Additionally, a few top players within this group may be nominated to trial for the Northern Football Federation regional Centre of Excellence Squads. If during the season, players are found to be incorrectly grouped, the Club will seek to address this where ever possible.
Participation (Grades 9-12)
Just as important are those players that wish to enjoy their football but have other commitments and passions alongside. Participation football will put less emphasis on training and will allow for a fun environment to enjoy some inter-club competition most likely with their mates. Participation teams will be constructed based on assessed player ability, player preferences and could be school based where numbers permit.
BUAFC is committed to continuing the improvements they have made in the past seasons with Girls Football.
Should girls play mixed or girls football?
This is entirely up to the individual and depends on the girls physical, mental and emotional make-up and commitment to their football. Many see significant development advantages to the generally more competitive and physical mixed football but this is depends on the girls ability to compete in the higher graded teams and stand up for themselves to ensure an equal standing within that team. Conversely, Girls Football provides the opportunity for the player to stand out within a team and also engage socially in with other Girls. In a recent conversation with NZ Football Ferns Coach – “the quality of the training is the most critical element to girls development” – so for any girls passionate about their future in the game we will endeavour to meet their training requirements regardless of whether they play in a mixed or girls team.
Goal Keeper Development
Any players interested in joining BUAFC Goalkeeping Clinics to receive specialist training please ensure that you register your interest with your team coach. Our Goalkeeper Coach will then contact you with training times directly.