Recently Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced the introduction of ‘MiniRoos’ as Football’s new junior participation brand for boys and girls aged 5 – 11years. MiniRoos will replace Small Sided Football as the new name and brand for junior football.
MiniRoos Football is football for kids, played on smaller fields, with less players on a team and in an environment where the emphasis is on enjoyment rather than winning. It maximises participation for all players, leading to more touches on the ball, repeated decision making, more goals and importantly less perceived pressure on young players.
Pitch size, player numbers and goal dimensions all gradually increase as children move through the age groups, with the Under 6s playing 4v4 and progressing through to 11v11 when they reach Under 13s. The laws of the game also gradually change throughout this progression to reflect the changes in understanding, awareness as well as the physical development of players.
The Sutherland Shire Football Association first introduced SSF in 2008 for U6-U9 age groups. This has since been expanded to include up to u11.
The role of MiniRoos coaches
Your role as coach is to make the football experience of every player and their families in their team as enjoyable as possible. MiniRoos coaches should provide the best environment for children to learn and enjoy the game by organising fun game based practices. Good personal and organisational skills are important and allowing the children to learn through playing the game with minimal instruction and a focus on player development.
Learn more about MiniRoos
To help BRFC MiniRoos coaches, the Football Federation of Australia's website features a wide range of information and resources on Small-Sided Football. Go to www.miniroos.com.au/club