What you need to know for the 2018 junior and youth season

What you need to know for the 2018 junior and youth season

Here’s some key information you’ll need as a parent to help your child enjoy the 2018 football season.

How to register

Click here to register online for Cambridge FC’s 2018 season:

NZ Junior Football Framework

All Cambridge FC’s junior programmes run within the guidelines of the NZ Junior Football Framework which sets out a structured method of guiding young footballers from their First Kicks to developing into youth players. Learn more about the framework here.

First Kicks

We provide a First Kicks programme for boys and girls aged 4-6. Learn more here.

New programme for children aged 6-12

Our club is launching a new development programme in partnership with the Ricki Herbert Football Academy. Learn more here.

Youth Academy

Our club will field boy’s and girl’s youth teams from age groups U-13 to U-16. These will operate as part of the Cambridge FC Youth Academy, delivered by our partners Ricki Herbert Football Academy. Learn more here.

Junior grading

Our grading plans and timetable are available here.

Futsal/Samba Style Soccer programme

We have launched a Futsal programme for 8th – 13th-grade players, under the coaching leadership of Samba Style Soccer coach Dylan Groom. Learn more here.

Girls-only competitions

The growth in popularity of girls football has led to more girls-only competitions. Our plans for the season are here.

Junior Federation League

WaiBOP will again provide a boy’s U-12 federation competition which will include Cambridge. More details are here.


All children will need:

  • Cambridge Football Club junior kit.
  • Cambridge FC shirt supplied by the club, to be returned at the end of the season –  these are for 6th – 14th-grade junior players.
  • Cambridge FC shorts – players will need to purchase their own shorts and order them from Sportswear Direct.

Note: The only place to purchase the club shorts is through Sportswear Direct, our club’s preferred apparel supplier.

  • Cambridge FC socks.
  • Boots and shin pads.

Junior Kickers – parents can order the Junior Kickers training top from Sportswear Direct. Club shorts and socks are optional.

Pre-loved boots (and other gear)

We provide a service at our Junior Shop (open on Saturday mornings during the season) where parents can swap pairs of boots or buy used pairs for $5.

Match draws

The first round of games for the 2018 season is scheduled for Saturday May 5.

There will be no games over Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

The weekly draw for the 7th – 13th/14th grades will be published on the WaiBOP Football website.

Travel requirements

All 4th – 6th-grade players will play at Cambridge Football Junior Grounds every Saturday morning during the season.

7th-grade to 13th-grade play away or at home each week depending on the draw published by Waikato/BOP Football Federation. 7th and 8th-grade will generally play in a more localised cluster, but 9th grade and older will travel throughout the WaiBOP region (depending on the draw) which extends from Huntly to Matamata (including Raglan).