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Football – A fun, healthy, safe and value for money sport for your daughter or son, and here’s why:

  • Approximately 185,000 children will play Small-Sided Football in Australia each year

  • If your child is turning 5 years old (or older) on or before the last day of the year, they can register with FFA, join a club and play MiniRoos in that year!

  • Small-Sided Football is not a program, instead, it is a modified version of the adult game designed especially for children, who have very different developmental characteristics and social needs from adults

  • The philosophy of Small-Sided Football is on enjoyment and freedom of expression, through playing the game, with limited emphasis on coaching per se. It is all about the children!

  • The formats of Small-Sided Football are designed so that children are challenged as they progress through the age groups and formats, 4-a-side, 7-a-side and 9-a-side, preparing them for 11-a-side football at the Under 12 age group

  • Small-Sided Football is delivered by clubs throughout Australia through the winter months. There would generally be between 15 to 20 weeks of matches on either a Saturday or a Sunday, plus a training session during each week throughout that period. On average, players will be involved in around 30 sessions (including game days) each season

  • Whilst prices do vary between clubs, the average cost per session/game is just $7, which compares more than favourably with other sport and activity options for primary school aged children.

  • Playing Small-Sided Football also provides the following benefits for participants:

    • Accessibility for all, as it is truly aimed at children of all abilities, not simply the most talented
    • With the removal of the emphasis on winning, children are much more likely to enjoy their football experience
    • More fun and enjoyment, due to smaller fields and simplified rules
    • More playing time, which maximises individual participation and involvement
    • Far more repeated touches of the ball by ALL players on the field
    • More shots on goal, and
    • More involvement leads to greater improvements in fitness
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