Frequently Asked Questions

Parents

  • What will my child do this season?
  • How can I support my child's team coach?
  • How can I support my child's team?
  • What is the New Zealand Football Code of Conduct?
  • What grade is my child?
  • What does my child wear?

Coaches & managers

  • What is the Coach role?
  • Are there good websites about Coaching?
  • What are the facilities for training?
  • What are the Playing Regulations?
  • What is the Manager's role?
  • What is the Grade coordinator's role?
  • How to enter game results?

What will my child do this season?

The Junior Framework

The Junior Framework (5 to 12 years old) is the programme created by New Zealand Football to ensure every child entering the game will take part in training and games that are tailored to his or her stage of football development.

The Junior Framework explained in a 2 minute video click here.

First Kicks (5 and 6 year olds)

First Kicks is our very popular introduction to football for boys and girls, aged 5 and 6 which runs on Sunday mornings at Tanera Park. Children must turn 5 or 6 during the calendar year to be able to play in this grade. Girls turning 7 in the calendar year may choose to play in this grade if they wish to.

At the weekly sessions players are formed into small groups and each group is taken through a different drill. The groups then rotate through the drills for around the first 40 minutes of each session. Following the drills, the players then play small sided games for the remaining 20 minutes.

Like all club activities we are reliant on parents to run the Sunday morning programme. Coaches will be provided with training and coaching plans but will require parents to help with organising activities and assisting with games. Like everything with children this age, the more parents contribute by encouraging and supporting the coach and players, the more the children will benefit.

Grades 7 and 8 (7 and 8 year olds)

Children turning 7 in the calendar year will play in Grade 7 and children turning 8 in the calendar year in Grade 8.

Girls are able to play in mixed grades – either in their age grade or down a grade if they prefer – and/or they can play in the Girls Only Sunday League.

Ideally teams comprise of seven players - 5 playing + 2 reserves.

The playing teams are 5 a side and do not include a goalkeeper, using a size 3 ball and on a ground 30m by 20m with goals that are 2 x 1 metre

Saturday sessions follow a three week cycle of "Game Days" and "Festival Day".

The first two Saturday’s, teams will take part in “Game Days” at Tanera Park where BNUJFC teams will each do a 20 minute general movement and technical skills warm-up with their coach and then play 3 games of 10 minutes duration against other BNUJFC teams.

Every third Saturday, Capital Football organises a “Festival Day” where BNUJFC teams will play other clubs – this may be at other locations around Wellington. The Festival Day will still follow the 20 minute warm-up and 3 x 10 minute games format.

Team selection and trials

The club forms a top team in grades 9 to 13.

Other teams are formed based on previous year’s teams and preferred team mates, where possible.

Your child’s team coach or manager will contact you to advise your child’s team and to arrange the regular weekday practice day, time and location.

Grades 9 and 10 (9 and 10 year olds)

Ideally teams comprise of nine players – 7 playing + 2 reserves. The playing teams are 7 a side (including a goalkeeper), using a size 4 ball and on a ground 50m by 30m with goals that are 4 x 2 metres. Matches are 2 x 25 minutes games.

Teams play in the Wellington zone. The top team in grade 10 may play in the more competitive Premier League.

Each week you will be advised of the time, the venue and your opponents by your team manager.

Each team needs a coach, a manager and another person who is not the coach to referee matches.

Grades 11 and 12 (11 and 12 year olds)

Ideally teams comprise of eleven players – 9 playing + 2 reserves. The playing teams are 9 a side (including a goalkeeper), using a size 4 ball and on a ground 60m by 45m with goals that are 4 x 2 metres. Matches are 2 x 25 minute halves.

Teams play in the Wellington zone. The top team in each grade may play in the more competitive Premier League.

Each week you will be advised of the time, the venue and your opponents by your team manager.

Each team needs a coach, a manager and another person who is not the coach to referee matches.

Grade 13 (13 year olds)

Ideally teams comprise of thirteen players – 11 playing + 2 reserves. In Grade 13 the playing teams are 11 a side (including a goalkeeper), using a size 4 ball and on a full size pitch with full size goals. Matches are 2 x 30 minute halves.

Each week you will be advised of the time, the venue and your opponents by your team manager.

Each team needs a coach, a manager and another person who is not the coach to referee matches.

How can I support my child's team coach?

Coaches appreciate if your kids get to practice and games on time. Arriving late can be disruptive.

You can offer to referee, collect gear after games and practices, help to put up nets and flags or set up for festival days.

Give your coach plenty of advance notice if you plan to miss a game. Coaches can arrange to borrow players from other teams if they know they will be short of players.

How can I support my child's team?

Parents are expected to behave appropriately at games. Verbal criticism or abuse of players, officials or opposing teams is not acceptable. Comments from the sideline should be limited to words of support. A child knows when they have made a mistake and criticism from the sideline will not help.

Only the coach gives instructions to players. Directions from parents can confuse players and may be at odds with what their coach has told them.

Parents should instil a sense of fair play and good sportsmanship. You should promote playing to the rules, claiming fairly for throw-ins, goal kicks and corners and treating opponents respectfully.

Players should not contest referee's decisions. Many children are influenced by the poor player behaviour they see on TV. Parents and coaches should act quickly to discourage player dissent.

What is the New Zealand Football Code of Conduct?

Under the club rules, members (players, parents and guardians) agree to abide by the relevant sections of the New Zealand Football Code of Conduct, which encourages fair, ethical treatment of all persons and organisations that come under the umbrella of New Zealand Football.

Excerpt from the New Zealand Football Code of Conduct:

Parent/Guardian will:

  • Agree to abide by the Code of Conduct.
  • Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not the parents.
  • Encourage children to participate and not force them.
  • Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
  • Encourage children always to compete according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • Remember that children learn best by example.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.
  • Show appreciation for coaches, officials and administrators.


What grade is my child?

Under Capital Football regulations, the year of the player’s birth determines their playing grade. Grades by birth year are shown below for the 2019 season. Girls playing on Saturdays can choose to play down a grade.

  • 2013/2014 - First kicks
  • 2012 - 7
  • 2011 - 8
  • 2010 - 9
  • 2009 - 10
  • 2008 - 11
  • 2007 - 12
  • 2006 - 13
  • 2005 - 14

The club's policy is that players play in their correct grade. Parents and guardians can apply to the club for an exemption to this policy.

Email the club bnujfc@gmail.com.

What does my child wear?

The club uniform is

  • black shorts
  • black socks with red tops, and
  • red and black shirt.

Shin-guards are compulsory equipment for the safety of players.

Socks, shorts and shin-guards are available from Kilbirnie Sports and Football Central Wellington. Kilbirnie Sports offers club members a discount on their football related purchases.

The club supplies players with shirts, which must be returned at the end of the season. Club shirts should only be worn for matches and not for practice or casual wear.

The club runs a second-hand football boot sale on registration night.

What is the Coach role?

The coach has the most important role in the club. You are the point of contact with kids and parents and your enthusiasm and commitment makes the season fun and enjoyable. Watching players develop under your guidance is a very fulfilling exercise and coaching enables you to connect more with your child and their friends.

Coaches and managers are expected to attend the Introduction to Coaching course run by Capital Football. This is an excellent course and the DVD provided is a valuable resource with practice plans and training exercises. The club will organise an Introduction to Coaching course at a local venue for new and returning coaches.

Coaches should give all players equal playing time and goal keeping duties should be rotated between capable players.

Capital Football runs several junior coaching courses click here. The club will pay for any course you attend.

NZ Football's Junior Framework for children aged 4 to 12 explained in a 2 minute video available below.

Are there good websites about Coaching?

  • Become a Coach links to the Sport NZ site with useful advice and guidance for the first time coach.
  • Footy4kids is a fantastic site for junior football coaches. There are useful articles for the junior coach and drills organised by category (eg attacking, heading, managing parents etc). This site is well laid out and virtually ad free.
  • Coaching Soccer 101 is a user friendly, easily navigable site with drills organised by age group.
  • For older kids and adults there is Soccer Training Info and football conditioning.
  • Monday Morning Centreback has a great article about teaching kids how to understand positional play.

What are the facilities for training?

The club has access to the following grounds for practice sessions:

  • Vogelmorn Park
  • Tanera Park
  • Nairn Street Park
  • Te Whaea artificial and Wakefield artificial parks

The coach will set the practice venue, day and time after consulting with parents. Children have a lot of after school activities and it is a case of finding a time convenient to the coach and most players. Coaches should avoid practising in the goal mouth and centre circle to preserve these areas for game days.

The Wellington City Council reports ground closures each day click here. If WCC close a ground, coaches must cancel their practice or find an alternative venue.

Wellington weather forecast click here.

What are the Playing Regulations?

Junior Regulations can be downloaded from the Capital Football website click here.

For a very useful one page summary of Junior Football regulations click here.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) announced more than 95 alterations to the laws of the game in June 2016. They will be in place for all regional and local leagues from the 2017 season. View revised laws.

What is the Manager's role?

The manager serves a vital role supporting the coach. They communicate with parents and care givers, keep team records and manage the team's gear.

The manager is responsible for:

  • Picking up the team gear (balls, shirts, cones, bibs, gear-bag) at the start of the season
  • Providing parents with a team list and contact details
  • Informing parents of practice time and venue
  • Informing parents of game times and venues and cancellations or ground transfers. Game times and venues are easily found on the Fixtures/Results page on this site.
  • Asking parents to read the How to support your child's team page on this site and policing behaviour at games
  • Preparing a duty roster for half-time oranges and refereeing
  • Keeping a record of player and match highlights to help determine end of season prizes
  • 9th to 14th grades can enter their game results online or text their results to 027 252 8553 or email blair@capitalfootball.org.nz or leave a message on 586 5810 by Monday 10am
  • Premier league teams can text their results to 027 252 8553 or email blair@capitalfootball.org.nz or leave a message on 586 5810 by Saturday 4pm
  • Returning the team gear at the end of the season

Grade coordinator's role

The grade coordinator supports the coaches and managers and is the communication link between the management committee and coaches and managers.

The grade coordinator is responsible for:

  • Supporting coaches or managers with any issues, such as replacing gear, finding back up players from other teams or answering parent questions
  • Bringing relevant issues from the coaches, managers and parents to the attention of the management committee
  • Ensuring coaches and managers are aware of club policies and events
  • Encouraging player participation in appropriate tournaments (both internal and external), courses and events
  • Encouraging participation by coaches, managers, referees and supporters in appropriate courses and events

How to enter game results?

9th to 14th grades can enter their game results online or text their results to 027 252 8553 or email blair@capitalfootball.org.nz or leave a message on 586 5810 by Monday 10am

Premier league results can be texted to 027 252 8553 or email

blair@capitalfootball.org.nz or leave a message on 586 5810 by Saturday 4pm.