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.  You can find out more about the philosopy of Small Sided Football and Kids football development through The CDSFA Supportive Parent information pack. 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 2016 (minimum age 5 prior to commencement of season) and Under 7 teams are open to children born in 2015

• The 2022 season for Under 8 to 11 commences Saturday 2nd April and finishes at the end of August (subject to finals)Games will commence for Under 6 and Under 7 on Saturday 30th April (delayed due to Easter school holidays and Anzac weekend). Mini-roos teams who have sufficient player numbers and are interested will be able to commence early games from Saturday 2nd April with the assistance of the Club. 

• 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 them)

• 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 rules in the guide - CDSFA MiniRoos Playing Rules.

• In general, no games or training sessions are held during school holidays
* Please note due to the impact of COVID-19 shutdowns on the 2020 and 2021 seasons, games and training sessions continued through school holiday periods

• Player registration fees for Abbotsford Juniors can be viewed here
You are entitled to use your NSW Government Active Kids Voucher during registration which provides a $100 rebate - please note that this cannot be added after registration is completed.

• The Abbotsford Juniors Registration Fee includes a game day football kit including a jersey, socks and shorts for every new to Abbotsford Juniors player registered with the Club for 2022.  Players/members returning from 2020 and 2021 seasons who wish to purchase replacement or updated playing kit can do so from February 1st via the Abbotsford Juniors Football Club Store.

Registration fees cover the operational costs of the Abbotsford Junior Football Club including training kit (balls, bibs, cones, poles and goals), match day balls, training and game ground hire as well as a range of fees payable to the Canterbury District Soccer Football Association (CDSFA), Football NSW and the Football Federation of Australia (FFA). The registration fee also includes some fees payable to Canterbury District Soccer Football Association (CDSFA), Football NSW and the Football Federation of Australia (FFA).
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