How the Junior Framework caters for young players

Cambridge Football Club runs its programmes for young players within the guidelines of the New Zealand Football Junior Framework.

Through the Junior Framework, players will experience age-appropriate football games and coaching in a programme specifically tailored to meet their football wants and needs.

Whether children enjoy football because it’s a fun way to make friends or they’re inspired to follow in the footsteps of their heroes and play on the world stage, the Junior Framework has been developed to kick-start their dreams.

The Junior Framework provides a consistent, coordinated national approach to the development of junior players. Its main aim is to provide all junior players with high-quality football experiences that increase both skill levels and the passion for playing football.

4th Grade (born 2015)

The first introduction to football: developing fundamental physical skills in a safe, fun and rewarding environment.
Playing Format: 4 x First Kicks Activities, followed by small-sided games.
The session will run for approx. 45 minutes.

5th Grade (born 2014)

The first introduction to football: developing fundamental physical skills in a safe, fun and rewarding environment.
Playing format: 4 x First Kicks Activities, small-sided games.
The session will run for approx. 45 minutes.

6th-grade boys and girls (born 2013)

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 2012)

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).

8th-grade to 14th-grade boys teams (born 2005 to 2011) and U-8, U-10, U-12 and U-14 girls teams (born 2005 to 2012) all playing Saturday

These teams play away or at home each week depending on the draw made by WaiBOP Football and published each week on this website. Our 8th-grade boys and U-8 Girls will generally play in a more localised cluster, but 9th-grade boys and U-10 girls and older will travel throughout the WaiBOP region (depending on the draw) which includes teams as far afield as Huntly, Te Aroha, Te Awamutu and Raglan.

If you require more information, please email Cambridge Football Club juniors.

Principles of the Junior Framework

PRINCIPLES
Underpinning the Junior Framework are the following principles which provide a clear structure for the development of programmes:
1. Accumulation of hours and number of touches
2. Early engagement
3. Recognising development age of the player
4. Training emphasis periods
5. Four corners approach (incorporating the Physical / Mental / Social-Emotional / Technical-Tactical abilities of players)
6. Age appropriate games

Small-sided games – the key ingredient
Street football across the world has been instrumental in the development of world-class players, and small sided games are the cornerstone of developing technically proficient and creative football players in a New Zealand context.

The benefits of small-sided games extend far beyond technical and tactical development. They ensure children develop an innate love for the game and remain in our sport for longer.

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