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

Junior registrations have closed with the following exceptions:
  • First Kicks players (ages 4-5) can register until the end of April.
  • If you have a child wanting to play in grades 6 -13 and have not yet registered, please email Cambridge Football Club before trying to register. We’ll do our best to find a suitable team but late registrations depend on availability.

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.

Junior Code of Conduct

Read here about our new Code of Conduct for junior players, their parents and caregivers and their coaches.

First Kicks

We provide a First Kicks programme for boys and girls aged 4-5 (born 2013 and 2014). Registrations for this group close at the end of April. Learn more here. The first session is 9am on Saturday May 5.

Future Reds programme

Our club has launched a new development programme in partnership with the Ricki Herbert Football Academy for boys and girls aged 6-13. The sessions start the week commencing Monday May 7.  Learn more here.

Junior grades

6th-grade boys and girls (born 2012)

6th-grade players are placed into teams. They train at the club in their nominated teams learning the basic skills they need – individually and in a team – in a fun environment with a coach/station leader for the session. On Saturdays, they will play small-sided games.

Training day and time: Wednesdays 4.15pm, starting the first Wednesday of Term 2.
Playing day: Saturday mornings,10am.
Saturday playing format: Gameday will consist of 4 x 8-minute small-sided games (3 v 3).

7th-grade boys (born 2011)

7th-grade players are placed into teams. They train at the club in their nominated teams learning the skills they need – individually and in a team – in a fun environment with a coach/station leader for the session. On Saturdays, they will play in a 5v5 in-house league at the Cambridge football grounds.
Training day and time: Wednesdays 4.15pm, starting the first Wednesday of Term 2.
Playing day: Saturday mornings at 9am games will all be played at home.

Saturday playing format: Gameday will consist of 3 x 15-minute small-sided games (5 v 5).

7th & 8th-grade girls (U-8) (born 2011/2012)

U-8 girls are placed into teams. They will train at the club in their nominated teams learning the basic skills they need – individually and in a team – in a fun environment with a coach/station leader for the session. On Saturdays, they will play in the Waikato Junior League with two or three 5v5 games.

Training day and time: Wednesdays 4.15pm, starting the first Wednesday of Term 2.
Playing day: Saturday mornings.
Saturday playing format: WaiBOP hub format. Two to four teams meet at a pre-determined club and play two or three games and do a skill activity in the hour-long period. Game start times for travelling teams on Saturday will vary depending on the draw.

8th-grade to 13th-grade teams (born 2011/2005)

These teams 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).

If you require more information, please use our contact form or email Cambridge Football Club juniors.

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/youth Federation Leagues

WaiBOP will again provide a boy’s U-13 and U-12 federation competition which will include Cambridge. More details are here.

Kit

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. You can access the draws by going to the menu at the top of this website page and click on ‘fixtures’.

Guide to our pitches

 

Restrictions

John Kerkhof Park is smoke-free and Waipa District Council bylaws forbid dog owners from taking their pets to the park.

Golfers are also not allowed to practise on the park for safety reasons.

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