Mini Football / 11 to 12 year olds


Ideally teams are comprised of eleven players – 9 playing + 2 reserves.

The playing teams are 9 a side (including a goalkeeper), using a size 4 ball and on a ground 60m by 45m with goals that are 4 x 2 metres.

Game day includes a 10 minutes station activity warm-up and 2 x 25 minute halves.

Teams play in the Wellington/Western zone combined league. Except for the A and B streamed teams who play in the travel leagues.

Weekly draws will be posted on the Capital Football Website: Fixtures, prior to each weeks game.

Games are usually scheduled for Saturday, between 9am and 3pm – but sometimes games can be scheduled for Friday nights from 5.50-8pm, under lights and on the turf.

You will be advised of the time, the grounds and which team you are playing against by your team manager.

Each team needs a coach, a manager and another volunteer who is not the coach who can referee the weekly matches.

Players may choose to trial for the streamed teams. For further details on the trials click here.

2019 introduction of the Retreating Line Rule

This coaching tool has been successfully implemented in Junior Football throughout the world. It has also been used successfully by Federations in New Zealand over the past few years. The Retreating Line rule enables and encourages our young footballers to start to develop and enjoy a style of play in keeping with Worlds best practice and New Zealand Football’s playing philosophy.

An instructional video on the new rule can be seen here.