Junior Small Sided Football FAQ

Small Sided Football (SSF) is a great introduction to soccer and is structured to ensure children have a fun and enjoyable experience whilst learning our great game. The Abbotsford Juniors Football Club (AJFC) Small Sided Football program is one of the most popular within the inner west of Sydney.

Key Information on the program includes:

• Small Sided Football is a non-competitive game format that allows players to develop their skills and enjoyment of football.  Kids playing Small Sided Football gain the following benefits:

     • Accessibility for all, as it is truly aimed at kids of all abilities, not simply the most talented
     • With the removal of the emphasis on winning, kids are much more likely to enjoy their football experience
     • More fun and enjoyment, due to smaller fields and simplified rules
     • More playing time, which maximises individual participation and involvement
     • Far more repeated touches of the ball by ALL players on the field
     • More shots on goal, and
     • More involvement leads to greater improvements in fitness

• The Under 6 and Under 7 teams are mixed teams combining boys and girls.  Under 8 to Under 11 age groups offer mixed and girls-only teams.

• Under 6 teams are open to children born in or after 2014 (minimum age 5 prior to commencement of season) and Under 7 teams are open to children born in 2013

• We encourage children to be grouped with friends and school mates and will do our best to match any friend requests

• The season commences at the start of April and finishes start of August
* Please note due to the impact of COVID-19 shutdowns, the 2020 season will start in July and finish in October.

• Parents are encouraged to participate as coaches or assistant coaches and are provided with all the resources required to support their team.

• Training Sessions are conducted at Campbell Park and most usually take place at the following times.
     Under 6 – 4.30pm to 5.30pm Tuesdays,
     Under 7 – 5.30pm to 6.30 pm Tuesdays
     Under 8 through 11 - weekday evenings as scheduled by coaches and team managers
(As all our SSF coaches are mainly volunteer parents, the exact times and days are reliant on their availability. Coaches must get a valid working with children certificate registration

• All children must wear soccer boots and shin pads (they won’t be allowed to play without)

• Under 6 and Under 7 games are 4-a-side to allow all the players to be involved.  Due to the popularity of our Small Sided Football program, the Under 6 and 7 play other AJFC teams (we anticipate having 8-10 teams)These games are held at Campbell Park each Saturday morning.  Under 6 starts at 9:00am and Under 7 starts at 10:00am.

• Under 8 and Under 9 games are 7-a-side with a maximum team size of 10 players.  Mixed team games are played on Saturdays.  Girls team games are played on Sunday mornings.

• Under 10 and Under 11 games are 9-a-side with a maximum team size of 12 players. Mixed team games are played on Saturdays.  Girls team games are played on Sundays between 8am and 2pm.

You can find more information about Small Sided Football in the guide - MiniRoos Playing Formats and Rules.

• No games or training sessions are held during school holidays
* Please note due to the impact of COVID-19 shutdowns on the 2020 season, games and training sessions will continue through school holiday periods

• The fees for our Under 6 and Under 7 players are $220 (before any Active Kids Rebate is applied)

You are entitled to use your NSW Government Active Kids Voucher for registration. See the links below for more information:

NSW GOVT Sport Active Kids Rebate $100
Apply for a NSW Government Active Kids Voucher

• The registration fee includes a game day jersey, socks and shorts for each player registered

• The registration fee also includes some fees payable to Canterbury District Soccer Football Association (CDSFA), Football NSW and the Football Federation of Australia (FFA)

You can download a PDF copy of this information here - Juniors Small Sided Football FAQ.
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