Juniors Competition Rules (5th-9th Grade inclusive)

Saturday morning warm-up/training will start at 8:30am for the 5/6th & 9th Grade then 9:45am for the 7th & 9th Grade. The games will kick off half hour later.

Duration of matches:

Balls – size 3 to be used for all junior grades.

All players require boots (non metal studs) and shin pads.

  • 5-6th & 7th grade 20 minutes each way plus 5 mins half time
  • 8th & 9th grade 20 minutes each way plus 5 mins half time

Please note that in the event of a late start, the time available must be divided into equal halves with allowance for half time, so that the next game commences at the time scheduled on the fixtures. There is no injury time.
There is no limit on the number of subs – rolling or flying subs – players can come off and go on but always from the half way line.

  • 5/6th and 7th grade, preferable to play 4 players on the pitch, but if 3 subs are available per team, 5 players on the pitch is permitted. No goalie.
  • 8th and 9th grade play 7 players on the pitch including goalie.


  • 5/6th & 7th grade- Goal kick are to be taken by one of the players- the opposition must retreat to the halfway line.
  • 8th & 9th grade- Goal kicks may be kicked from the goalkeeper’s hands or from the ground-the opposition must retreat to the halfway line.

Corner kicks: if on a marked small pitch – from the corner.

Referee: Both teams to supply a referee which can both be on the pitch.

The approved goals, corner flags etc must be in place on the pitch by the early grade at each ground and brought in by the late grade.

There is no “off-side” rule. However, coaches must discourage players from consistently standing in an off-side position – this is not in the spirit of the game.

The 'AWAY' team will wear bibs. This will be stated on the draw- eg HOME TEAM v AWAY TEAM

Season Info

Junior Grade is from 5 years to 9 years old.
Grading is based on players age during the calendar year 1st January to 31 December.
Girls may play one grade down if they wish to.


Grade Year Born Age Ground Time
5th & 6th 2013/14 Turning 5 or 6 during the year Meadowlands Reserve 8:30 - 9:35am (15 mins each way)
7th 2012 Turning 7 during the year Meadowlands Reserve 9:45 - 10:50 am (15 mins each way)
8th 2011 Turning 8 during the year Meadowlands Reserve* 8:30 - 9:45 am (20 mins each way) 
9th 2010 Turning 9 during the year Meadowlands Reserve* 9:45 - 11:00 am (20 mins each way)



Coach Information

Fencibles United AFC

Job Description –  Junior Coach


1. Junior football (ages 5 to 9 years) is primarily about enjoyment and participation.

The Coach’s Characteristics

3. The coach is a role model for the children. He/she must set a good example through

His/her attitudes, behaviour, appearance and knowledge of the sport.

4. The coach must use constructive criticism to encourage, rather than degrade.

5. The coach should avoid ‘over-playing’ the strongest and most talented players. The

average player needs just as much attention.

6. The coach should have as a personal goal, that his/her players look back on their football

in his/her team with pleasure and satisfaction.

7. The coach should avail him/herself of the opportunities provided by the club (and

Federation) to develop and enhance their own coaching skills & expertise. As a

minimum, the coach should endeavour to attain a Level 1 or equivalent Coaching qualification and

avail him or herself of any available Premier Skills coaching opportunities

The Training Session (“Practice”)

8. The coach should establish a regular practice time and day(s). The venue should be

suitable for the training session and safe for the players.

9. First Aid facilities should be available or the coach should carry a first aid kit.

10. The coach should pre-plan the session. Arriving at practice with only a general idea of

what will be covered sends the wrong messages to the players.

11. The coach should arrive before the players and set up the grid with appropriate cones &


12. During the session, the coach should maximise activity & participation levels. Try to

avoid having players standing around for long periods.

13. Practice should be a series of pre-planned activities where the teaching of the correct

techniques are followed by skills-practice.

14. Avoid ‘lecturing’ the players on the particular technique or drill that is to be

attempted/covered. Demonstrate what is required (you or using players if necessary) and

let the players get on with it. Interrupt and correct as necessary.

15. Do not attempt to cover too much in a single session.

16. Repetition is the key. Practice makes permanent.

17. The concentration span of children is limited. If a particular skills session breaks down

too often, move on. Variety within a training session is important but not to the extent that

the players learn nothing. Adopt skills sessions that are varied/different but which

encompass the same overall basic themes & intended outcomes.

18. Complete the practice with a brief & positive team talk including the time/venue of the

weekend match. Often it pays to notify the parents.

19. Be the last to leave the practice session.

The Match

20. Make sure your players arrive 20-40 minutes (coach’s preference) before the match.

21. Ensure the players are correctly kitted out (if you have any spare gear, bring it) including

the necessary safety gear (shin-guards, no jewellery etc.)

22. Warm the players up.

23. In the junior  & “participation”  grades, ensure each player has at least 50% playing time. The

result is not important.

24. Be a role model on the side-line. Engender a team-respect for the ability of your opponents

& the officials. Always operate within the Fencibles code of conduct

25. Congratulate the players in a brief post-match talk. No lectures. Focus on the things they

did well and leave any negative issues to the next training night.

26. Be the last to leave.


27. The coach should command (& not demand) the respect of his/her players. This is achieved

through knowledge of the game; the attitude to all the players, opponents & officials and

how he/she behaves regardless of the type of issue/problem that presents itself.

28. Get a good manager & work out their role/responsibilities.

29. The coach should foster a balanced relationship with the parents – neither too friendly or

too detached. The coach should always be approachable but must never delegate the

responsibility for running the team & making the decisions.

30. The coach should maintain a close relationship with the Club. Coaches are not on their

own and the Club is there to provide support & guidance.