2021 Onslow Junior Football Club Trial Information

The season starts on 10 April. The trial details are outlined in this document for OJFC U9 – U15. This doesn’t include TDP trials.

The restrictions and cut-off of which players play in which grade have not been changed, and can be found at the bottom of this document.

Trial Information Evening: Thursday 4th March at Crofton Downs School, 8 – 9:30pm. Find out more …

Times dates and venues

Under 9:
Saturday 6th March; 1pm – 2:30pm
Saturday 13th March; 1pm – 2:30pm
Venue: Nairnville artificial turf
Under 10:
Saturday 6th March; 3:30pm – 5pm
Saturday 13th March; 3:30pm – 5pm
Venue: Nairnville artificial turf
Under 11:
Sunday 7th March; 1:30pm – 3pm
Sunday 14th March; 11am – 12:30pm
Venue: Rāroa Park
Under 12:
Sunday 7th March; 11am – 12:30pm
Sunday 14th March; 1:30pm – 3pm
Venue: Rāroa Park
Under 13:
Sunday 7th March, 4:15pm – 5:45pm
Sunday 14th March, 6:30 pm – 8pm
Venue: Nairnville artificial turf
Under 15:
Sunday 7th March, 6:30pm – 8pm
Sunday 14th March, 4:15pm – 5:45pm
Venue: Nairnville artificial turf

General Information

From U9 all players enrolled with OJFC are welcome to trial for the streamed teams.

This year we will have three streamed teams for U9 that will be evenly broken up based on ability, past-teams, friendships and relationships as indicated on the club registration form.

Generally, there are two streamed teams for the travel league starting at U10.

We appreciate those players who take their football more seriously will be more interested in trials, however, we encourage all keen competent players to trial.

Players who accept a place in the Onslow/North Wellington Talent Development programme will not be eligible for selection for any Onslow teams.

Girls playing in the Saturday mixed league teams are welcome to trial in either their grade or one grade younger. Trials are not held for the Sunday Girls Only Leagues.

Successful trialists will be offered a place in one of their grade’s streamed teams. By accepting a place, players are committing to:

  • Training up to twice a week
  • Playing games that may be outside the central Wellington area (i.e. Kapiti and Wairarapa); and
  • Attending tournaments – some of which may be outside the central Wellington area.

Trialists must be fully enrolled with OJFC and your subscriptions must be paid in full.

The Selection Panel comprises:

  • OJFC Football Director
  • One or two independent selectors
  • Coaches/Manager who have previous knowledge of the players.

Please note that on the day of the trials, as well as making an assessment of your football ability, selectors will also be looking at:

  • Punctuality – this also means arriving early ready for a prompt start
  • Appropriate football attire – shin pads are MANDATORY (if not worn they are unable to trial), football socks, shorts and boots. Trialists should not wear peaked caps, watches, or any jewellery or other attire that could cause injury.
  • Attitude – ie. keen, focused & enthusiastic
  • Fitness – ie. good level of fitness.

Trial format and preparation

Trialists should:

  • Be ready to trial 15 minutes before the start time.
  • Have their own water or drink, and keep that with them as they move about the trials. They may wish to have a small snack also.
  • Be prepared for the weather, including sunscreen, and warm clothes for when they are not playing.

For grades U9 – U12 the trials will be a series of short-format, small-sided games.

They will be organised into teams, with each team delegated a parent volunteer to manage the team through the day, including substitutions.

Aside from some brief direction before the trial from the trial convenors, trialists will not be receiving any coaching or direction. This is so we can select on the basis of how the trialists respond to the game situation, rather than from sideline direction.

Parents will be directed to stand away from the pitchside, with no sideline direction being shouted out to trialists. Parents who do will be respectfully asked to stop. This is for the reasons above and out of respect for the club, the club volunteers who worked very hard to run the trials, the other trialists who are striving to do their best, and the other families who have respected this request.


The teams will be selected based on players’ technical skills – their ability to control and move the ball, and to make decisions on the field in response to game scenarios. Game results are not recorded and do not impact selection decisions. Trialists are encouraged to play with risk and positive creativity.

  • Three teams of 9 players will be selected for U9 and two for U10s. There will be no A, B and in the case of the U9 a C team selected. Through the season the teams will naturally move up and down the different levels, depending on their level and play against teams of a similar ability. A-teams have tended to dominate competitions to the point where the challenge was undermined while B-teams were left in a position that was either too easy or too challenging, and that, coupled with being separated from team-mates, undermined the development and experience of those players.
  • Two teams of 11 players will be selected for U11 and U12.
  • The number of stream-teams selected in U13 and U15 will depend on player interest. Teams will be made up of a minimum of 14 players. At U13 and U14/15 access to the Premier Competitions (A, B or C) is open to all teams through regrading.

Team selections will be announced the following day. For successful trialists, this will be by phone, where you will be asked to accept the offered place. We cannot contact the remainder of the grade until both teams have been fully confirmed so it is important that families are prepared to make a quick decision. The remainder of the grade will be contacted by email.

We appreciate there is success and excitement for some kids and disappointment for others. As a club we want to support all our tamariki to have a positive footballing experience.


In grades, U11 to U15 selectors will be looking for goalkeepers. Any player who wishes to be considered as a goalkeeper will need to come prepared to trial in goal, and play outfield also. The selection of goalkeepers for stream-teams will be based on players’ overall technical  ability, not just goalkeeping skills.

Age Grades for 2021 for Mini-Football and Youth-Football

Grade Birth year Boys Birth year Girls
First-kicks 2016/2015 2015-2017
U7 2014 2013/2014
U8 2013 2012/2013
U9 2012 2011/2012
U10 2011 2010/2011
U11 2010 2009/2010
U12 2009 2008/2009
U13 2008 2007/2008
U14/15 2007/2006 2007-2005


In general, OJFC does not provide dispensation in the Saturday mixed competition for players to play outside of their “correct” grade. This is because of the significant level of disruption dispensations places on existing teams without there be any clear argument for it improving either the football experience or football development.

Onslow will seek a dispensation for players to play down a grade, where there are very real and significant health and safety risks to a child playing in the correct grade. In such a situation medical evidence may be asked to support such a request.