Small Sided Football (SSF)

Under 6s - children born in or after 2012

Under 7s - children born in 2011


Small Sided Football Handbook
SSF Field Layout for Tuesday Training

Under 6s 2018 Fixtures
Under 7s 2018 Fixtures

Football – A fun, healthy, safe and value for money sport for your daughter or son, and here’s why:
  • Approximately 200,000 children will play SSF in Australia in 2018
  • SSF is not a program, instead, it is a modified version of the adult game designed especially for children, who have very different developmental characteristics and social needs from adults
  • The philosophy of SSF is on enjoyment and freedom of expression, through playing the game, with limited emphasis on coaching per se. It is all about the children!
  • The formats of SSF are designed so that children are challenged as they progress through the age groups and formats, 4-a-side, 7-a-side and 9-a-side, preparing them for 11-a-side football at the Under 12 age group
  • SSF is delivered by clubs throughout Australia through the winter months. There would generally be between 15 to 20 weeks of matches on either a Saturday or a Sunday, plus a training session during each week throughout that period. On average, players will be involved in around 30 sessions (including game days) each season
  • Playing SSF also provides the following benefits for participants:
    • Accessibility for all, as it is truly aimed at children of all abilities, not simply the most talented
    • With the removal of the emphasis on winning, children 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