Age Groups - Juniors (U12 - U21)
Juniors (U12 – U21)
Who is it for?
Junior soccer encompasses the age groups of U12 through to U18. U12’s is the last age that girls have a choice of playing either mixed or girl’s only football. From U13’s all girls must play girl’s only football.
What is the Format?
From U12’s football is played on a full-size field with full FIFA rules applying including offsides. The only dispensation is that for U12’s and U13’s only shortened corners and modified goal kicks are in play. Teams play for competition points with results recorded and competition ladders published each week. Playing times are as follows:-
- U12/W12 25 mins each half
- U13/W13 30 mins each half
- U14/W14 30 mins each half
- U15/W15 35 mins each half
- U16/W16 35 mins each half
- U18/W18 45 mins each half
Dates & Venues
Junior games are played on Saturdays commencing on 28th March 2020 and running for 18 weeks (weather permitting) breaking only for Easter weekend and Anzac Day. Note that this year there will also be a game on Public Holiday Monday 8th June. The only exception to this is W18 girls who play on Sundays (typically Sunday morning)
Games are played on a home and away basis with home games played at Buckle Reserve, Menai or Casuarina Oval, Alfords Point. Away games are played throughout the Sutherland Shire.
The season concludes on Saturday 1st August 2020 whereby the top 4 teams on the competition ladder progress to a three-week final’s series
Most teams train once per week on a weekday evening. The day, timing and location of this training is mutually agreed between the parents and Coach once the team is formed.
How do I Register
For Juniors registration click here and follow the instructions. Note that you will need to select ‘Youth Football Age 12-18’ at the ‘Find your team’ stage. Make sure that you enter ‘Menai Hawks Football Club’ in the Club search box and select the appropriate age group as the Registration Product. You can also pay the registration fee via credit card at this site.
If you are new to playing football in the Sutherland Shire you will also need to provide us with the following documentation to finalise your registration:-
- Proof of age – birth certificate or passport
- Proof of residency in Sutherland Shire – parent’s driver’s licence, council rates bill or bank statement showing name and home address in the Sutherland Shire.
Please note that address change stickers on the back of driver’s licences are not acceptable
Note documents need to be originals and need to be physically shown to us in person. This can be done by attending any of the following registration assistance days at Buckle Reserve:-
- 13:00 – 16:00 Saturday 18th January 2020
- 13:00 – 16:00 Sunday 19th January 2020
- 13:00 – 16:00 Saturday 25th January 2020
- 10:00 – 16:00 Saturday 1st February 2020
- 10:00 – 16:00 Sunday 2nd February 2020
If you have missed these dates please contact Alan Phillips on 0428 904 907 or via email at email@example.com to arrange an alternative viewing.
What is the registration fee and what does it include?
Registration fees for 2020 have been held at 2019 levels and are as follows:-
|Grade||Early Bird Rego by Sun 9th Feb||Rego from Mon 10th Feb|
Note that school-enrolled children may be eligible for the NSW Government’s $100 Active Kids Rebate Voucher Scheme. See our ‘Active Kids Voucher Scheme’ section for more details. The voucher details can be entered during online registration to receive your discount. Family Discount is also available where more than one family member residing at the same address registers
Please bear in mind that included in your 2020 fees are:-
- All FFA, FNSW and SSFA registration fees
- Insurance coverage
- Referee fees and match costs
- Ground upkeep, pitch watering and lighting costs
- Equipment and specialised training costs
- The loan of a Menai Hawks playing jersey for the season – we are one of the few remaining clubs that don’t require you to buy your own shirt in addition to your registration fees!
- A $25 fundraising levy – we once again will not be asking you to work in the canteen or on the bbq this season
How do I get a uniform?
New players to Menai Hawks receive free socks and shorts which are available from the uniform shop at Buckle Reserve. The uniform shop is open every Saturday and Sunday throughout the season as well as on registration, grading and trial game days before the season starts. For existing players replacement shorts and socks are available to purchase.
For all players your registration fee includes the loan of a Menai Hawks playing shirt for the season. These are available from your team manager shortly before the season commences and should be returned to the club via your team manager at the end of the season.
I have heard girl’s football is different this year?
Yes in 2019 girl’s junior football in the Sutherland Shire was played in 2-year age bands as follows:-
From 2020 girl’s junior football will mirror the age groups of the boys as follows:-
When is grading?
Prior to the season starting we hold grading days and all players are requested to attend. The ideal objective is to place children into a team with players at a similar skill level to themselves.
We have updated our approach to grading in 2020. Our philosophy is one where we aim to appropriately grade players so they have the potential to:-
- Enjoy their soccer
- Develop their skill and ability
- Play with team members of similar skill and ability
- Perform competitively in relative age / grade.
Please refer to the grading policy document found here.
2020 grading dates/times are as follows:-
|U12||Sat 8th Feb 17:00 – 18:00||Sat 15th Feb 12:00 – 13:00|
|W12||–N/A–||Sun 9th Feb 09:00 – 10:00|
|U13||Sun 9th Feb 09:00 – 10:00||Sat 15th Feb 14:00 – 15:00|
|W13||Sun 9th Feb 09:00 – 10:00||–N/A–|
|U14||Sun 9th Feb 10:30 – 11:30||Sat 15th Feb 15:30 – 16:30|
|W14||Sun 9th Feb 10:30 – 11:30||–N/A–|
|U15||Sun 9th Feb 12:00 – 13:00||Sun 16th Feb 09:00 – 10:00|
|W15||Sun 9th Feb 10:30 – 11:30||–N/A–|
|U16||Sun 9th Feb 14:00 – 15:00||Sun 16th Feb 10:30 – 11:30|
|W16||Sun 9th Feb 14:00 – 15:00||–N/A–|
|U18||Sun 9th Feb 15:30 – 16:30||Sun 16th Feb 12:00 – 13:00|
|W18||Sun 9th Feb 14:00 – 15:00||–N/A–|
All sessions are held at Buckle Reserve, Menai. All players must wear football boots and shinpads and bring a bottle of water.
How can I get involved?
Menai Hawks is run entirely by volunteers. Each team needs a Coach to help the players develop their skills and a Manager to ensure everyone knows when and where games and training are. Without these roles filled there will be no team. The roles are really rewarding. Please consider whether you could fill one of these roles and if so please let us know on grading day or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who can I contact with questions?
Club Secretary and Registrar Alan Phillips on 0428 904 907 or via email at email@example.com