U8/W8 and U9/W9 football is focused on the further acquisition of skills, through short and dynamic (7 v 7, including goal keeper) games to mimic the format of full-size football. The aim is to continue the development of young players to enhance the skills introduced during the U6 and U7 age divisions. The focus will be to enhance each players skill in 4 key areas of the game:
Girls teams play their games on Sundays. These age groups start with a “W” eg. W8, W9, etc and only girls can play in these teams.
Boys play their games on Saturdays. Girls can play in this competition too, so age groups are referred to as “Mixed” and are named U8, U9, etc.
Each U8/W8 or U9/W9 team is made up of a squad of 10 players, with a parent coach and manager. The game is 7 v 7 (including goalkeeper) and is played on a 45 m x 35 m pitch with 20min halves. More details on the playing format and rules for U8/W8 and U9/W9 football can be found HERE.
For the 2020 Season, the dates of birth that are eligible to play in each age group are:
In some cases, children can play up an age division, but approval must be sought from the relevant Age Coordinator.
From under 8s, girls can elect to play in a Girls Only competition (on Sunday), Mixed competition (on Saturday), or both.
The following are the key steps to register to play football for Seaforth FC:
If you would like your child to play with certain other children, children 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.
There is no grading for girls Under 9 (W9) players. Grading for Mixed/Boys Under (U9) players is optional. For Mixed/Boys U9 players who are interested in playing at a more competitive level we strongly recommend that they come along to grading. If you don’t think grading is for your child that’s fine too – we’ll work hard to try to ensure that we keep the teams at a social level and with past team mates.” 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.
Soon after the registration period has closed and grading has been completed, the Age Coordinator will notify all registered players of their team. Once the teams have been released, it is the responsibility of each team to complete the following next steps:
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.