Youth Boys/ Mixed (Grades 13 - 19)

Our youth programmes have been designed to develop player skills in a positive learning environment and cater for players who want to train and compete at the highest level as well as players who want to play in a social environment.

Youth football (grades 13 to 19) is a step up from junior football, with full-sized fields and goals and 11 player a-side games. Youth squad teams consist of 16-18 players.

There are two types of teams in our Youth grades:

  • Community Youth teams: for players who prefer to play a more social level of football and are not selected for the Talent Development Programme (TDP), our Community Youth teams play on Saturday morning. Grading games begin at the start of the season and players will be placed in a league that will deliver the best level of competition in a fun environment. These teams will typically train once a week and be coached by team volunteer coaches.

  • Talent Development Programme (TDP) teams: players are selected for the TDP programme and for the top teams for each youth grade. Players train 3 times a week and are coached by a dedicated professional coach, which comes at an additional cost for players. Players selected for the 2022 NZ Football Accredited Talent Development Programme will also play against other clubs' top teams in the NRFL & NRF leagues on Sundays. More information about the TDP programme can be found here.

Community Youth teams

Selection

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

Training & game day

Community youth teams have weekly team trainings (training times are dependant on the availability of the volunteer coach) and play in the NRF Community Youth League. Games are normally held on a Saturday at 11am or 12pm and are played either at home or away against other North Shore and West Auckland clubs.

Talent Development (TDP) teams

Selection

The ECB coaching team select the TDP teams based off observation during trainings at TDP sessions held in Term 4 of the previous year. This enables plenty of time (45+ hours) to assess players ability, rather than relying on a one-off trial. Due to the Auckland lockdown impacted Term 4 TDP sessions in 2021, selection for the 2022 TDP teams is based off the 2022 Term 1 programme.

Training & game day

TDP teams train three times a week and play on Sundays in the Lotto NRFL Youth & NRF Championship Youth leagues. Game time is usually 11am or 12pm and are played either at home or away against other clubs based in the Auckland, Northland, Hamilton and Tauranga.

More information about the TDP programme can be found here.

Youth (Grades 13-15) Street Football Sessions

In addition to team trainings, all U13-U15 youth players of all abilities are welcome to attend the Youth Street Football sessions. These sessions are optional and are designed to provide players with another football experience in a fun and relaxed environment during the week. These sessions are self run mostly by the players with help of volunteers. Players can turn up and play. 

The next sessions in term 2 are to be confirmed as we await council field allocations. 

2022 Pre-Season Activity and Timeline

Community Youth Teams

Talent Development Programme

(TDP) Teams

5 Feb

 

Term 1 TDP registrations due

12 Feb

Winter season registrations open

Winter season registrations open

19 Feb

 

 

26 Feb

 

TDP game day vs Fencibles (Sun 27 Feb)

5 Mar

 

Team selections

12 Mar

 

TDP game day vs Bay Olympic (Sun 13 Mar)

19 Mar

 Youth (13-15) street football nights start (Tues 22 Mar)

TDP game day vs Northland (Sun 20 Mar)

NRFL Youth Premier Team Registrations due Mon 21 Mar

26 Mar

SEASON REGISTRATIONS DUE by Friday 1 April

TDP game day vs Auckland Utd (Sun 27 Mar)

SEASON REGISTRATIONS DUE by Friday 1 April

2 Apr

Team selections

NRFL Youth Premiership Season Starts (1st team)

9 Apr

Team trainings start

 

16 Apr

 

 

23 Apr

School holidays

School holidays

30 Apr

School holidays

School holidays

NRF Championship Season Starts (2nd team)

7 May

Community Youth Season Starts

Term 2 TDP registrations due

14 May

 

 

21 May

 

 


Fixtures & results

All Youth fixtures and results can be found on the NRF website:

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.

Register

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

Grade Convenors

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

13th Grade (born 2009): Jeff Honey  jeff_honey@hotmail.com

14th Grade (born 2008): Amanda Steinberg  markmandi@gmail.com

15th Grade (born 2007): Morag Ward  moragregward@gmail.com

17th Grade (born 2005-2006): Leanne Coombe  leanne@coombe.net.nz

Other resources

You can find the 2022 NRF Regulation documents for Community Youth, NRF Championship Youth and Lotto NRFL Youth leagues and more helpful information on the NRF website.



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