JUNIOR FOOTBALL

REGISTER

 

Registrations for the 2022 winter season are open now.

Information about the registration process is below.

KEY DATES

FDP and Skill Centre trainings start on 28 March.

Season starts 7 May.

Season ends 10 September.

No games 16 July (middle weekend of school holidays).

Overview

Junior Football is for children born in 2013 to 2010 (i.e. turning 9 - 12 in the 2022 calendar year). Your child's 'grade' is based on their age - for example children who turn 9 in 2022 will be in grade 9.

Junior players are placed into teams at the start of the season. Teams then play games on Saturday mornings at locations throughout the Wellington region, according to a published weekly draw.  Team trainings take place during the week.

More information is set out below.

Detailed information packs:  download the information pack for your child's grade for detailed information about how this season will work (downloads a PDF):

Options for girls: junior girls have several options for playing football:

  • Girls-only league: open to players from age 7 up and teams play on a Sunday morning.  More information can be found here.

  • Mixed football: girls play in teams with boys and girls (information on this page).

  • Mixed and Girls only: girls can select both mixed and girls-only meaning they play both Saturday and Sunday.

Juniors Day:  Saturday 23 April, Memorial Park, from 9.30am. Come along and ask your questions about the upcoming season, register, play some fun games of football, enjoy a sausage sizzle/drinks. Football Central will be selling team gear and later the bar will be open for the Central League Men’s team game from 2.00pm (subject to COVID settings).

About Saturday games

For grades 9 and 10, seven players are allowed on the field at a time (including a goalkeeper). Teams usually have 9-10 players. Teams play two 25 minute games each Saturday (one after the other at the same venue).

For grades 11 and 12, nine players are allowed on the field at a time (including a goalkeeper). Teams usually have 11-12 players. Teams play one 50 minute game each Saturday.

The time and location for each week’s game(s) is determined by a draw published by Capital Football, which can be found here.

You can find details on Wellington region ground locations here

About team trainings

Players participate in a parent led training after school once a week. Alternatively, you can choose to sign up for our Football Development Programme (FDP) which will offer two trainings a week and additional coaching support.  You can indicate your interest in the FDP when registering for the season.

Traditional football (the default)

Team trainings will be led by a parent coach from each team. Turn
up to your team training and the weekly Saturday morning game. Play with your friends, meet new friends, and enjoy some fun football on the weekend.

Football Development Programme

Our FDP is for passionate & committed players who want to maximise their skill development. Players are committing to two trainings a week and a competitive game on the weekend. Trainings will be led by a volunteer coach with support from Club staff. Parents are committing to taking on a small support role within the team environment. An additional fee applies.

You can find out more about the FDP on the FDP webpage here.

More information about the options available to you this season is available in the information packs available from the overview section above.

When and where?

 

Key dates

 

Season start:  Saturday 7 May

Season end:  Saturday 10 September

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Games:  Saturday mornings (and occasionally Friday evenings) at a time and location depending on the weekly draw published by Capital Football.

Trainings: See details above.

School holiday break

 

Football runs on the first and last weekend of the school holidays, but we take a break for Easter weekend (if it falls during the season) and the middle weekend of the school holidays.

School Holiday and Summer Programmes

 

The club runs a popular school holiday programme, and summer programmes during terms 1 and 4.  We would love to see your child involved! More information can be found on the "Programmes" page here.

What gear do you need?

 

Players need to have their own:

  • Plain navy shorts.

  • Navy football socks.

  • Football boots.

  • Shin pads. 

 

Football boots and shin pads can be bought from most sports stores and off TradeMe. Socks and shorts can be purchased from Football Central or from most sports retailers in Wellington. 

The club provides each team with the following gear at the beginning of the season (all of which must be returned at the end of the season):

  • Navy Petone FC playing tops (1 per player).

  • Bibs.

  • A player of the day trophy and certificates.

  • Balls and cones.

Coaches / managers / referees

 

We want to create a fun and positive environment for our players. The more support, encouragement and involvement from parents the better!

 

Team management

Each team needs a manager to:

  • take responsibility for the team's gear, and ensure it is all returned at the end of the season;

  • act as a point of contact for the team - for example, making sure players know when and where to turn up on Saturdays; and

  • award the player of the day award each weekend.

Coaching

Trainings are led by parents and volunteers, so we need your input to help make the season a success. You don't need to be a football pro - you just need to be enthusiastic and willing to learn. The club provides a range of coach development trainings and resources to help keen coaches improve their coaching ability.

Refereeing

Saturday games need to be refereed by a parent or other volunteer.  Refereeing courses are available to those interested in upskilling.

How to register

Step 1: Register for the winter season

 

Registrations are now open.  Click here to access to online registration form.

Choose to pay your registration fee online (via credit card or bank-to-bank payment) or later (by direct deposit to 02-0544-0149970-00, using your name or Xero invoice as reference). The registration fee is $150. All registration fees must be paid by 30 April 2022.

Please email registrations@petonefootball.org.nz with any questions.

Step 2: Grade Coordinators will put together teams

Grade Coordinators will put players into teams after registrations close, in March.

Grade Coordinators will then be in touch with you, with information on your team and the start of the season.  This might not be until late March / early April.

The club will separately email you once registrations have closed with more information on the season, how things will work, key contacts, and other key details.

Step 3: The season starts!

 

Kick off on Saturday 7 May 2022!