Youth Football (ages 13 to 17)
Youth Football is for players born in 2007 to 2003 (i.e. turning 13 - 17 in 2020).
Players in Grade 13 (born 2007) transition to playing on full sized fields with 11-a-side teams, on Saturday mornings.
Under 15 players (born 2006 and 2005) play on Saturday mornings, or those born in 2004 can opt to trial to play up in the under 17 league.
Under 17 players (born 2004 and 2003) play in the Under 17 league, with games on Sunday mornings.
Our Under 17 teams feed directly into our Men’s Senior Reserve and Third teams (largely made up of under 19 year old players) and First team, providing the opportunity for youth players to extend themselves and accelerate their playing "career". A consistent training environment across our youth and senior environments ensures players transition from junior to youth to senior football seamlessly.
More information is set out below.
2. GRADE 13 AND UNDER 15s
Players in grade 13 (born 2007) and u15s (born 2006 and 2005) can opt to trial for a selected team, or to play socially.
Selected teams play against other selected teams from across the Wellington region, and therefore face tougher competition and a more advanced level of football. Players who are selected take part in the Swifts Talent Centre, which involves a greater level of commitment, including attendance at two trainings a week and a high standard of behaviour.
Trials are optional – players who choose not to trial, or who are not selected, play in social teams.
Players born in 2005 can also opt to trial to play up in the under 17 league.
Information on trials can be found here.
Non-graded teams are put together by grade coordinators, who will aim to place your child with their friends or kids from the same school. The focus for these teams is fun, and additional opportunities are available to those who wish to work their way into a selected team next season.
Games are 11-a-side (including a goalkeeper). Teams usually have 14 players, allowing for three substitutes. Teams play one 60 minute (13th Grade) or 70 minute (u15s) game each Saturday.
The time and location for each week’s games is determined by a draw published by Capital Football, which can be found here.
Karori teams play in the “Wellington/Western Zone Combined Leagues”, except for selected teams who play in “Wellington Premier Leagues”.
The format for team trainings will depend on whether your child is playing in a selected team or a social team.
Selected teams participate in the Swifts Talent Centre programme. Swifts is the club’s high performance programme, designed to provide high quality and challenging trainings.
Swifts involves three trainings a week delivered by club coaches. Selected teams also participate in a range of pre- and post-season tournaments.
More information on Swifts can be found on the Swifts website here.
Please note that selected players are required to pay an additional fee upon selection, to help contribute towards the cost of coaching, turf hireage and tournament entry fees associated with Swifts.
Non-graded teams usually train once a week, either after school or on a Sunday. The day, time and location for trainings can be decided collectively by team members (subject to the availability of grounds). Trainings are run by parent coaches, or the team can opt to engage a club coach for an additional cost (more information will be provided closer to the start of the season).
3. UNDER 17S
Our Under 17 teams play in the Wellington Under 17 League on Sunday mornings.
All Under 17 players participate in the Swifts Talent Centre programme. Swifts is the club’s high performance programme, designed to provide high quality and challenging trainings to in a single, consistent environment, and is delivered by the club's full time professional coaching staff.
Swifts involves two or three trainings a week, at Terawhiti Artificial Turf or a full sized field elsewhere in Wellington.
Our Under 17 players are also eligible to train and play in our senior environment - see below.
More information on Swifts, and u17 training details, can be found on the Swifts website here.
4. PROMOTION TO SENIOR FOOTBALL
Our Under 17 teams feed directly into our Men’s Senior Reserve and Third teams (largely made up of under 19 year old players) and First team, providing the opportunity for youth players to extend themselves and accelerate their playing "career".
A consistent training environment across our youth and senior environments ensures players transition from junior to youth to senior football seamlessly.
Under 17 players may be invited to join senior trainings, and then to play, by the coaching team throughout the season.
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5. WHEN AND WHERE?
Season begins: Saturday 4th April / Sunday 5th April
Season finishes: Saturday 29th August / Sunday 30th August
School holiday break: Football runs on the first and last weekend of the school holidays, but we take a break for Easter weekend and the middle weekend of the holidays (Saturday 11 April, Saturday 18 April and Saturday 11 July).
School Holiday and Summer Programmes: Swifts Talent Centre operates a school holiday training intensive, and a summer programme during terms 1 and 4. We encourage players to keep up their football over the holidays and summer by getting involved in these! More information can be found on the Swifts website here.
6. WHAT GEAR DO YOU NEED?
Players need to have their own:
Plain black shorts.
Waterside Karori socks.
These can be purchased from the club website here or Football Central in Tory Street (see www.footballcentral.co.nz). Football boots and shin pads can also be bought from most sports stores and off TradeMe.
The club provides each team with black and white striped Waterside Karori playing tops and training gear at the beginning of the season (all of which must be returned at the end of the season).
Players train in Swift training kit. This is provided at no cost to players who are new to the programme, and can be purchased by players who have already received kit, from the Gear page of this website.
7. HOW DO YOU GET STARTED?
Step 1: Register for the winter season
Online registrations are now closed. Please email your grade coordinator (details here) if you wish to sign up.
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Step 2: Trials, for those who have opted to trial for selected teams
Trials are held in early March - see here for more information.
Step 3: Grade Coordinators will put together social teams
Grade Coordinators will put players into teams after registrations close in early March.
Grade Coordinators will then be in touch with you, with information on your team and the start of the season. This might not be until mid/late March.
The club will separately email you once registrations have closed with more information on the season, how things will work, key contacts, and other key details.
Step 4: The season starts!
Kick off on Saturday 4 April 2020!