SASFC players born 2012 to 2015 are allocated a team and play against other clubs in the 2024 Mainland Junior Football competition
In SASFC Junior Football our main goal is having fun!
Junior Footballers either play and train with their friends and schoolmates in one of our 'Red', 'White' and 'Black' teams, or in a 'Blue' team with other dedicated players in their age group. As well as Saturday morning games against other Christchurch clubs, players train together in their age groups during the week.
Blue teams typically play towards the top end of the competitions. Red, White & Black teams are carefully selected so that players from the same school, neighbourhood or friendship group are able to play together on the same team.
Note: for 2024, players born 2016 to 2019 take part in our First Kicks and Fun Football programme
2024 Term 1 Programmes
9th Grade Pre Season Programme at English Park
There are some big changes ahead for our players born 2015. Graduating from Fun Football to Winter Season football means learning about the demands of the games they can expect to encounter playing against other club teams, home and away, on Saturday mornings from April to September.
Our 9th Grade Pre Season Programme is intended to help players in this age group understand some of the technical and tactical aspects of the 7-a-side game, in a fun and engaging environment.
The programme takes place on Friday afternoons at English Park, from 4:45-5:30, starting on 2 February and running for 10 weeks to 12 April.
Players should register here – use the Junior Football – Skill Training button to join up!
Skill Training Programme at St Albans Park
Also during Term 1, a Skill Training programme will run for five weeks with the aim of getting our junior players back on the park, having fun and getting some valuable touches on the ball.
The sessions take place on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00pm at St Albans Park. The first session takes place on 31 January 2024 with the last session on 28 February 2024.
Players should register here to join up!
2024 Winter Pre-Season Activities
The run-up to the 2024 Winter Season starts in Early March, when we get everyone back onto St Albans Park with some free, fun kickabouts and team trials.
Summer Kickabout Sessions are free, 'have a go' sessions for everyone who is thinking about playing football for SASFC in the Winter Season. No registration is required; just check out the session dates for your age group (birth years in brackets) and turn up to St Albans Park on the day:
9th Grade (2015) 4pm to 5pm Tuesday 5 March
10th Grade (2014) 5pm to 6pm Tuesday 5 March
11th Grade (2013) 4pm to 5pm Thursday 7 March
12th Grade (2012) 5pm to 6pm Thursday 7 March
9th & 10th Grade Girls Only (2014 & 2015) 4pm to 5pm Wednesday 6 March
11th & 12th Grade Girls Only (2012 & 2013) 5pm to 6pm Wednesday 6 March
Girls are welcome to attend the Tuesday and Thursday sessons too!
Open Training/Grading Sessions are a chance for our coaches to check out the players and to help us make sure that we get players into the right teams. Players who want to play in a 'Blue' team should attend at least one Open Training session.
Players need to register here before attending Open Training, so that we can identify and keep in contact with individual players ahead of team selections. This is separate to Winter Season registration, it's free, and it does not commit you to play for the club in 2024. All sessions are held at St Albans Park:
9th Grade (2015) 4pm to 5pm Tuesdays 12, 19 & 26 March
10th Grade (2014) 5pm to 6pm Tuesdays 12, 19 & 26 March
11th Grade (2013) 4pm to 5pm Thursdays 14, 21 & 28 March
12th Grade (2012) 5pm to 6pm Thursdays 14, 21 & 28 March
9th Grade Girls Only (2015) 4pm to 5pm Wednesdays 13, 20 & 27 March
10th Grade Girls Only (2014) 4pm to 5pm Wednesdays 13, 20 & 27 March
11th Grade Girls Only (2013) 5pm to 6pm Wednesdays 13, 20 & 27 March
12th Grade Girls Only (2012) 5pm to 6pm Wednesdays 13, 20 & 27 March
Club coaches run Skill Training Sessions throughout the season
A Monday afternoon Skill Training session is available to all our Red, White & Black team players as part of their Winter Season fees, along with an additional practice session or training game which may be arranged by volunteer game leaders. Blue Teams attend an enhanced training programme, training twice a week at St Albans Park.
SASFC are proud to have a strong presence in the Junior Girls leagues
We welcome all enquiries from female players who would like to join an all-girls team. Check out our Girls Football page for further details
Girls are also welcome to play in 'Mixed' teams (comprising boys and girls) if they prefer, and are welcome to attend pre-season Open Training/Grading sessions – see dates and times above.
All Saturday games are managed and refereed by parent volunteers
For all Junior teams, a volunteer team coach and manager are required from amongst the players' parents, to coordinate players on match days and assist with communications etc. All training & support is provided, and a NZF Junior Level 1 Course and a monthly coaches forum are available.
Match day football needs parent help to keep it running smoothly
Please do step up and help out on match days with goal nets, corner flags, and any other help the coach or manager might need. Every little helps! If you are unable to attend match day games, there are lots of other ways to help out. Thank you for your support!
Don't delay – register TODAY!
Please register early to secure a place in a Junior Football Winter Season team. Players wishing to play for a 'Blue' team must attend both Open Training/Grading Sessions, or contact us if you are unable to attend. Please note the separate registration for Open Training – it's free and helps us allocate you a team!
It's not essential that you attend both Open Training sessions for our 'Red', 'White' and 'Black' teams or wait to hear back from us in order to sign up: we have a team for everyone, so just go ahead and register!
Players provide their own playing kit. Returning players should use the kit they retained from last season. New members, or returning players looking to replace their kit, will find all they need on the SAS Club Shop at Football Unlimited. An official playing shirt, available from the merchandise store, is the only piece of kit you must obtain via the club. We stock a full range of quality playing gear, but players are welcome to source their shorts and socks elsewhere online, or from high street stores, as long as they closely conform to the colour/style displayed on the Merchandise page. No stripes or additional colours, please!
If you are registering a player late (after end-March 2024) or have any problems with registration, please email email@example.com