U12/W12 to U18/W18 Football

U12/W12 to U18/W18 football is focused on the introduction then development of skills and decision-making necessary to excel in full-size football. The aim is to use the skills developed in earlier age divisions to introduce tactical and decision-making concepts.

NEW in 2024:  In line with FIFA and Football Australia directives, all games in MWFA W12/U12 competitions will now be played with fewer players in the team and on a smaller size pitch (ie. not a full-size pitch).  The intention is to create a transition year for youth players before they move up to playing on a full size field with a full complement of 11 players on each team.

For W12/U12, each team is made up of a squad of up to 13 players, with a coach and manager. The game is 9 v 9 players and is played on a pitch approx. 3/4 the size of a full-size pitch.

For W13/U13, each team is made up of a squad of up to 18 players, with a coach and manager. The game is 11 v 11 players and is played on a full-size pitch.

You can find information about the competition structure and the playing rules HERE.

Seaforth FC truly hopes you have a enjoyable, fun-filled and exciting season.

Registration Information

For the 2024 Season, the dates of birth that are eligible to play in each age group are:

  • U12/W12 – players born in 2012
  • U13/W13 – players born in 2011
  • U14/W14 – players born in 2010
  • U15/W15 – players born in 2009
  • U16/W16 – players born in 2008
  • U18/W18 – players born in 2006 or 2007

In some cases, players can play up an age division, but approval must be sought from the relevant Age Coordinator.

Female players can elect to play in a Female Only competition (W12 to W18), Mixed competition (U12 to U18), or both.

The following are the key steps to register to play football for Seaforth FC:

  • If you want to use your $50 Active Kids Voucher (school aged children only) first obtain it from Service NSW.  You’ll be asked to enter voucher details during registration (Tip: Make sure you enter the number without spaces or it won’t be used and you’ll be charged the full amount).
  • Read the instructions in General Information & Fees and the Registration Guide.
  • Visit FFA Play Football to register as a player, coach or manager.
  • For girls wishing to play in the Girls Only competition, be sure to select the age division starting with ‘Womens’. The age divisions starting with ‘Under’ is for the Mixed competition (boys and girls). If a girl player wishes to play in both competitions, please first register for the Mixed competition, then under ‘Other Products’, select ‘Dual Registration’.
  • Proof of age is required for all players, regardless of whether you have previously played for Seaforth FC or another MWFA club. Please email proof of age (birth certificate, passport, drivers licence) to the Senior Registrar.
  • If you haven’t previously played for Seaforth FC, or any other MWFA club, email proof of age (birth certificate or passport) and complete an MWFA Application to Register and email it to the Youth Registrar.
  • If you haven’t previously played football in Australia and do not have an Australian passport or birth certificate, review the International Transfer Clearance guidelines and if required, complete the form. Contact the Youth Registrar for more information and assistance during registration.

If you would like to play with certain other players, players from the same school or a specific team, please include this information during the registration process. Please note that Age Coordinators will make every effort to accommodate any requests, but no guarantee is made.

Players are graded prior to the start of the season, with teams generally formed of players of equal ability. For detailed information, please visit Grading & Team Allocation.

Check HERE to see the status of all age groups and confirm that we are still accepting registrations for this age group.

For further information, please refer to the FFA Play Football information and FAQs or contact the relevant Age Coordinator.

Next Steps

Soon after the registration period has closed and grading has been completed, the Age Coordinator will notify all registered players of their teams. Once the teams have been released, it is the responsibility of each team to complete the following next steps:

  • Select a manager to organise the players, delegate duties and communicate with the Age Coordinator, as required.
  • Select a coach(es) to run training session and lead the team on game days. Suggestions for finding a coach are available at Information for Managers.
  • Contact the Training Ground Coordinator to select a suitable date and location for the teams weekly training session. This is typically one afternoon after school, but can also be on a weekend if that is more preferable. Detailed booking instructions, field layout and ground allocation is at Training Ground Bookings.
  • The manager and/or coach must attend the Information Session to learn about the season ahead and collect their teams gear (training balls, match ball, training bids, cones and player jerseys and socks).

For any questions or issues that arrive prior to and during the season, the team manager can contact the relevant Age Coordinator for assistance and support.