12- 13th Grade Transition

Introduction to Grade 13 - Information for Parents

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Key points

  • Grade 13 football means moving from the Junior grades (U9-U12) to Youth football (grades U13-U19).
  • Youth grades feature 11-a-side teams, use full size fields and full size goals (other than for U13 girls divisions, refer summary table in appendix). There is no ‘retreating line’.
  • In the Youth grades teams are structured into divisions, results are recorded and league tables are maintained over the course of the season. In the early years (U13 and U14) the focus remains on participation and equal involvement but, depending on the grade, the emphasis on performance will increase at U15 and U17 with an eye towards players developing through to U23 and First team.
  • Matches are played on either Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings depending on the division teams are playing in.
  • As is the case for Juniors football each team will need a manager and parent assistance is required for field set up/pack down for home games and refereeing. Teams also need to provide a referee for at least one half and an assistant referee.