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Our Junior Football programme caters for players 9-12 years of age. Players are separated into their own age groups (i.e. 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade) and compete in games every Saturday against other club teams in various locations around Canterbury.

​The Junior Football age groups are within the Skill Acquisition Phase. During this time players are generally well balanced, coordinated and adaptive to learning motor skills. This is the ‘Golden Age’ of motor learning. In no other phase of life will motor learning happen faster. The Skill Acquisition Phase is the optimal time to focus on developing football skill which is essential for long-term participation in football. All Nomads trainings and games will emphasize on learning football skills within the context of the game.

Season Information:

Season starts: Saturday 27th April 2024

Season finishes: Saturday 7th September 2024

*There will generally be no games played over Kings Birthday weekend, though there may be some Cup fixtures and will depend on the competition. Please view your competition page for more information.

Games will be played over Matariki weekend for most grades, please check your competition page for more information.

No Youth/Junior games are scheduled over the middle week of school holidays (13th/14th July)

Check here for more info.

​Subs for the season are $229 and Nomads will supply a playing shirt for the season.​

Team Selection Process:

You must be registered with Nomads in order to be placed into a team. If you register but do not trial you will still be placed into a team.


​9th Grade - In line with guidelines from Mainland Football and New Zealand Football, we will not be holding general trials for this age groups. For 9th Grade, registered players will be placed into teams.

10th Grade - In line with guidelines from Mainland Football and New Zealand Football, we will not be holding general trials for these age groups. For 10th Grade, players wishing to be considered for our two A-Band teams will be required to trial - Trial dates can be found HERE.

​11th & 12th Grade - Players wishing to be considered for our two A-Band Pre-Academy teams will be required to trial. Please read Pre-Academy information HERE and ensure that you have registered an expression of interest.

Girls-Only Teams - Girls-only teams are available for 10th, 11th and 12th grades. 

*Note: Girls 9th grade plus are welcome to play in our mixed team with male players and can play down one age group if they wish to.

We will do our best to place all players into a team however we cannot guarantee placement. In the event that we cannot place you in a team you will be provided a full refund of your membership fees.

Training Days/Times:

Our volunteer coaches will run training sessions at times that best suit their schedules. Once players have been placed into teams the coaches will be in touch to communicate things such as training times, training venues, etc.

​The club relies on volunteer parents/coaches to manage the majority of our teams. If you are able to help out please email

​Players that are wanting an extra training session per week with quality coaches should sign-up for our Nomads PLUS+ programme. More information can be found HERE.










NOTE:  New Zealand Football classifies every player in a year to be of that age:  eg. 2015 birth dates 01Jan-31Dec are all classified as 9th Grade.

Social Media: It's common Club practice to share photos of players attending our sessions on our social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. If you do NOT want your child to be included in these photos on our socials, please advise the club in writing by emailing:

The Scorching Goal Football Fund has been established to assist children and youth attending primary or secondary school, aged between 5 years and 18 years who are from financially disadvantaged families or backgrounds, and where finance is a barrier to participation, either at club level, across development programmes or at representative level.


This is not a fund established to specifically support talented players but is rather about providing children and youth with the opportunity to continue to participate in football.

Please click here for more information on the Mainland Football website.​​​

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