Junior Boys/ Mixed (Grades 9 - 12)

Junior football (grades 9-12) is designed to develop our young players into the next stages of the game in a safe and enjoyable football experience. The junior grades focus on improving players technically, helping prepare players for competitive or social youth football and continue to grow a love for the beautiful game!

9th & 10th Grade

Game day

Teams play 7-a-side games (6 outfield players and one goalkeeper) on a field that is approx 1/4 of a full pitch. Games are normally held on a Saturday at 9am or 10am and are played either at home or away against other North Shore and West Auckland clubs. Teams are coached by a volunteer coach and have a number of training options available (see details below).

Selection

ECB's volunteer coaches and grade convenors select teams based on prior knowledge of players and team from previous years (if any), social needs, competence (via Junior Skills Hub and Play Hub sessions) and requests to play with friends. Our coaches and convenors do their best to find the most suitable team for players.

11th & 12th Grade

Game day

Teams play 9-a-side games (8 outfield players and one goalkeeper) on a field that is approximately 3/4 of a full pitch. Games are normally held on a Saturday at 10am or 11am and are played either at home or away against other North Shore and West Auckland clubs. Teams are coached by a volunteer coach and have a number of training options available (see details below).

Selection

ECB's volunteer coaches and grade convenors select teams based on prior knowledge of players and team from previous years (if any), social needs, competence (via Junior Skills Hub and Play Hub sessions) and requests to play with friends. Our coaches and convenors do their best to find the most suitable team for players.

The 11th and 12th grade top two teams will be run as a combined squad for each grade which enables a greater chance to develop a broader base of players. The selection of these top two team squads will be conducted using the same criteria as above.

Junior Training Options

We provide junior players of all levels a number of training activities that they can choose to attend. 

1. Junior Team Training Hub

Players train in their teams with their volunteer coach for an hour each week. We aim to have all junior teams training together at the same time and the same location so that teams and coaches can work together and the ECB coaching staff can help out when needed. This is particularly useful when some teams have low attendence, they can pair up with another team to make it a meaningful training session. It also creates a stronger connection and community feel accross the club.

If a teams volunteer coach is not avaialble to attend the team hub, then they may decide to have their team training on another night.

The dates, time and location of the Team Training Hub is still to be confirmed.

2. Junior Skills Hub

Formerly known as the Junior Player Development Centres (PDCs), these weekly sessions are designed to provide junior players of all levels a solid introduction to well-structured and quality training. Seasons are facilitiated by the ECB coaching team who follow clear training guidelines based on international best practice.  More information can be found here

Term 2 Skills Hub

When: Tuesday Nights

- 9th-10th Grade (4pm - 5pm)
- 11th-12th Grade (5pm - 6pm)

Where: Ashley Reserve, Long Bay

Cost: $100 for Term 2. Register here!

3. Junior Play Hub

All Junior players of all abilities are welcome to attend the Play Hub sessions which are designed to provide players with another football experience in a fun and relaxed environment during the week. The games will be run by the players themselves with some of the convenors and volunteer coaching staff will be there to get to know the kids and answer any questions that you may have.

Term 2 Play Hubs (starting Thurs 12 May 2022)

When: Thursday Nights

- 8th-10th Grade (4.00pm - 4.45pm)
- 11th-12th Grade (4.45pm - 5.30pm)

Where: Bay City Park, Andersons Road

Cost: No cost

2022 Pre-Season Activity and Timeline

The junior season aligns with school terms 2 and 3 (starting Saturday 7 May and finishing Saturday 24 September). There are no games in the middle weekend of the school holidays. 

12-Feb

Winter season registrations open

19-Feb

 

26-Feb

 

5-Mar

First play hub (Sun 6 Mar)

12-Mar

Junior play hub start (tbc)

19-Mar

 

26-Mar

Winter season registrations due Fri 1 April

2-Apr

Team selections

9-Apr

Team trainings hub/ team trainings start (tbc)

16-Apr

 

23-Apr

School holidays

30-Apr

School holidays

7-May

Community Junior Season Starts

 
Events

There are events throughout the year for our teams such as inter-club tournaments and festivals at junior levels. 

Fixtures

All Junior fixtures and can be found on the NRF website

Results and league tables are not published for all junior grades as games and competitions are designed to be non-competitive at this age.

What uniform is required?

Players will be provided with an ECB playing shirt that needs to be returned at the end of the season.

Purchase club shorts and socks here.

All players must wear shinpads.

Samples for sizing of junior playing gear (shorts & socks) are available at our clubrooms if you want to try before you buy. Contact Duane at admin@ecbafc.co.nz to organise a time to pop in.

Register

If you are keen to join one of our Junior teams, you can register here

Grade Convenors

If you have any questions please reach out to your grade convenor.

9th Grade (born 2013): Peter Black theimageco@orcon.net.nz

10th Grade (born 2012): Peter Black theimageco@orcon.net.nz

11th Grade (born 2011): Brandon Hanekom brandonhanekom@gmail.com

12th Grade (born 2010): Debbie Lowe debbielowe1510@gmail.com

Junior Grade Rules

Retreating Line

When a team's goalkeeper catches/picks up the ball or is taking a goal kick or any player taking a Free Kick, the opposition MUST drop back behind the retreating line. Only after the goalkeeper plays the ball out and one of the goalkeeper's team-mates touches the ball, can the opposition player advance over the retreating line. This is to give teams space to encourage and teach players how to play from the back and work the ball up the field.

Coaches are asked to encourage all players to play the ball as quickly as possible from the goalkeeper and not allow them to continue to roll or come to a stop.

Offside

The offside rule is applied in junior football. For 9th & 10th Grade Football, the offside law will be applied between the retreating line and goal line only. For 11th & 12th Grade Football, offside cannot be given if the player is in their own half of the field of play. A player is in an offside position if they are nearer to the opponents' goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent (at the point the ball is passed to them).\

Other resources

Click on the images below to download the 2022 Junior Parent Evening Presentation and the 2022 NRF Junior Football Regulation document. More helpful information can be found on the NRF website.



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