Mini Football

Mini football is a fun five a side football programme for primary schools. It is run at Saxton field through term 1 and term 4 on Tuesday evenings from 4:30 to 5.30pm.

Registrations are done through your school. If you are a school co-ordinator wishing to register teams, please contact summersoccer@suburbsafc.org to obtain info regarding registration forms.

The Grades

  • Year 1 Fun
  • Year 2 Fun
  • Year 3-4 Competitive
  • Year 3-4 Fun
  • Year 5-6 Competitive
  • Year 5-6 Fun

Mini Football is

  • 5 Players per team, played on a small field 30 X 20 m
  • Small goals, 2 m X 1m or pop up goals are used 
  • Play 2 x 13 min halves 
  • No goalies, no off sides 
  • A game for boys and girls 

To enter a team you need

  • At least 5 players (you can have subs if you want)  
  • A team manager - who will ref half the game and have the team ready on the field when the hooter goes.

On site

  • The draw & co-ordinator - who can guide you in the right direction and blows the hooter
  • Numbered pitches
  • One ball per pitch
  • Coloured bibs for team identification. 

Questions

Please email summersoccer@suburbsafc.org for all queries 

Rules and Information

Information Sheet for MINI FOOTBALL

Outlined below are some practical matters that will help MINI FOOTBALL run smoothly.

We would like to have teams of comparable ability playing each other, this can be helped by you handing in the score and feedback to the Co-ordinator, or emailing it to the administrator summersoccer@suburbsafc.org. Please ensure the children are told what the rules of MINI FOOTBALL are to help them enjoy the game.

1. The draw for each Tuesday’s games will be emailed to all schools involved and to team managers emails, when provided. The draw can also be viewed on the A-frame by the pitches and on the Nelson Suburbs FC website: http://www.nelsonsuburbs.co.nz/minifootball.aspx

2. Your team’s game will either start at 4.30pm or 5.00 pm

3. The games are always at Saxton Field, usually around the Radio Mast, see map on the website and on the A-frame by the pitches.

4.If your game starts at 4.30pm you will need to arrive by 4.15 pm so that you can:    

  • Have your team ready on the field when the hooter goes at 4.30pm.
  • Decide which team manager will referee each half of the game.

5. The team that is listed first in the draw is to pick up the game ball from the MINI FOOTBALL Co-ordinator and take this to your playing field. We will have whistles available, but you may wish to supply your own in the interests of keeping healthy...

6. The game starts when the hooter sounds at either 4.30pm or 5.00 pm.

  • The game will run for 13 minutes, then the hooter will sound again to signal half time. Children can have a break for a couple of minutes to get a drink if they wish.
  • Please note that the hooter will NOT sound again to start the second half, so only give the kids a short break.  
  • Teams swap ends at half time.
  • You as the referee will need to get the game going again.

7. The game will finish when the hooter sounds after 26 minutes of running time.

8. Please leave the ball for the team which follows you at 5.00pm.

9.If you are playing at 5.00pm you will need to have your team ready to go on the field as soon as the hooter sounds at 4.56pm to finish the previous game.

  • You will have only four minutes to get your team organized before the hooter sounds to start your game at 5.00pm.
  • The hooter will sound again at 5.13 to signal half time.
  • As above, give the kids a short drinks break if they want one, get them to swap ends and then the referee starts the game again.

10. The hooter will sound again at 5.26pm to finish the game.

11.Please hand in the ball at end of game.

12. We do not keep game scores

  • But the scores help us in getting more even teams playing each other.
  • Please hand in the score and/or feedback from the game to the Co-ordinator, or email it to the administrator summersoccer@suburbsafc.org.

13. Cancellations: if the weather is seriously wet we will email all schools involved and the team managers, (when emails provided) prior to 2.30 pm. We will also post a cancellation notice on the website http://www.nelsonsuburbs.co.nz/minifootball.aspx

If you are not sure about any aspect of MINI FOOTBALL please talk to the Co-ordinator or email the administrator summersoccer@suburbsafc.org

Your feedback on what we are doing is welcome.

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RULES of MINI FOOTBALL for Year 1 & Year 2

  • 5 players from each team on the field at any one time.
  • Teams with more than 5 players in their squad can have rolling subs. The game is not to stop for changing players over.
  • There is no offside; players can be anywhere on the field at anytime apart from kick-offs when they have to be in their own half.
  • No designated goalie (ie NO player may use their hands to stop a ball going in goal).
    • Team managers should encourage children to not place themselves in front of the goal continuously during the game (That’s the main reason for the half circle exclusion rule)
    • MINI FOOTBALL is about participation, not watching others play the game.
  • Kick-off from the centre spot marked on the field, to start the game at the beginning of each half and after a goal is scored.
  • Kick-ins, NOT throw-ins to restart play when the ball goes out over the SIDE LINE. 
  • Any time a team kicks the ball out over the GOAL LINE the DEFENDING team restarts play by placing the ball on the line where it went out and kicking the ball back into play.
    • Opposing players are required to stand back 10 m from the kick in position.
    • The referee needs to show the attacking team where to go back to (about a third of the pitch)
  • Note : there are no corner kicks.
  • Children should be encouraged to play MINI FOOTBALL with little physical contact between players. Any player that clearly acts in a rough way should be spoken with about their actions.

Goal box  (exclusion zone) :

  • Each goal has an area marked in front of it which no player is allowed to go into and influence the play. The main reason for this is to discourage players hanging in front of goal.
  • The attacking team has to shoot from outside this half circle. The defending team has to stay outside the half circle to defend. Should any player go inside the half circle and influence the play then the opposite team restarts the game by taking a kick-in from where the half circle meets the baseline. 
    • All players are required to stand back at least 3m from the kick in position.

It is recommended that competitive team players wear shin pads.

All other football rules apply.

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RULES of MINI FOOTBALL for Year 3-4 & Year 5-6

  • 5 players from each team on the field at any one time.
  • Teams with more than 5 players in their squad can have rolling subs. The game is not to stop for changing players over.
  • There is no offside; players can be anywhere on the field at anytime apart from kick-offs when they have to be in their own half.
  • No designated goalie (ie NO player may use their hands to stop a ball going in goal).
    • Team managers should encourage children to not place themselves in front of the goal continuously during the game (That’s the main reason for the half circle exclusion rule)
    • MINI FOOTBALL is about participation, not watching others play the game.
  • Kick-off from the centre spot marked on the field, to start the game at the beginning of each half and after a goal is scored.
  • Kick-ins, NOT throw-ins to restart play when the ball goes out over the SIDE LINE. 
  • Goal kicks and Corners. Any time a team kicks the ball out over the GOAL LINE the opposite team gets either a goal kick or a corner. 
  • Goal kicks - When the ATTACKING team kicks it out over the goal line DEFENDING team restarts play by placing the ball on the line where the half circle meets the goal line and kicking the ball back into play.
    • Opposing players are required to stand back 10 m from the kick in position.
    • The referee needs to show the attacking team where to go back to (about a third of the pitch)
  • Corners - When the DEFENDING team kicks it out over the goal line ATTACKING team restarts play by placing the ball on the corner spot and kicking the ball back into play.
  • Children should be encouraged to play MINI FOOTBALL with little physical contact between players. Any player that clearly acts in a rough way should be spoken with about their actions.

Goal box  (exclusion zone) :

  • Each goal has an area marked in front of it which no player is allowed to go into and influence the play. The main reason for this is to discourage players hanging in front of goal.
  • The attacking team has to shoot from outside this half circle. The defending team has to stay outside the half circle to defend. Should any player go inside the half circle and influence the play then the opposite team restarts the game by taking a kick-in from where the half circle meets the baseline. 
    • All players are required to stand back at least 3m from the kick in position.

It is recommended that competitive team players wear shin pads.

All other football rules apply.

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