Age Groups - Juniors (U12 - U21)
Juniors (U12 – U18) 2024
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 Saturday 6th April 2024 (the week after Easter) and running for 18 weeks (weather permitting). Games are scheduled for every weekend including through the school holidays. The only exception to Saturday’s 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 3rd August 2024 whereby the top 4 teams on the competition ladder progress to a three-week finals 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. If you are using an ‘Active Kids Voucher’ (see next question) to reduce the cost of your registration then please obtain this first as you will be required to enter the voucher number during registration to receive your discount.
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:-
- 12:00 – 16:00 Saturday 27th January 2024
- 12:00 – 16:00 Sunday 28th January 2024
- 10:00 – 16:00 Saturday 3rd February 2024
- 10:00 – 16:00 Sunday 4th February 2024
If you have missed these dates please contact Alan Phillips on 0428 904 907 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an alternative viewing.
What is the registration fee and what does it include?
Please bear in mind that included in your 2023 fees are:-
- All FFA, FNSW and SSFA registration fees
- Player and Public Liability 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 (included in the below fees) – we once again will not be asking you to work in the canteen or on the BBQ this season
Please note that governing body fees (including player insurance fees) have increased sizeably this year and also note that Sutherland Shire Council are charging us lease costs for our buildings from 2024
|EARLY BIRD Rego by Sun 11th Feb
|Rego from Mon 12th Feb
|U12 / W12
|U13 / W13
|U14 / W14
|U15 / W15
|U16 / W16
|U18 / W18
Note that school-enrolled children may be eligible for the NSW Government’s $50 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 with Menai Hawks
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.
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.
Our grading policy was updated in 2020 and is based on a philosophy 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 our grading policy found here.
2024 grading dates/times are as follows:-
(Note where there are 2 dates listed for your age group you are requested to attend both sessions)
|U12 / W12
|Sat 10th Feb 16:30 – 18:00
|Sat 17th Feb 16:30 – 18:00
|U13 / W13
|Sun 11th Feb 12:00 – 13:30
|Sun 18th Feb 12:00 – 13:30
|Sun 11th Feb 14:30 – 15:30
|Sun 18th Feb 14:30 – 15:30
|Sun 11th Feb 14:30 – 15:30
|Sun 11th Feb 16:30 – 17:30
|W14 / W15 / W16
|Sun 11th Feb 15:30 – 16:30
|U18 / U21
|Sat 10th Feb 12:00 – 13:30
|W18 / W21
|Sat 17th Feb 12:00 – 13:30
All sessions are held at Buckle Reserve, Menai. All players must wear football boots and shinpads and bring a bottle of water.
In the event of inclement weather please refer to our Facebook page for guidance
Please note players need to be registered to participate in grading
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 email@example.com
Who can I contact with questions?
Club Secretary and Registrar Alan Phillips on 0428 904 907 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org