Although still classified as sub-junior, the U9 age group represents a transition from mini-soccer to full-field soccer. To that end, the game is played on a field approximately half the size of a full field with seven players per team on the field at any one time.
No competition points are awarded and no competition tables are kept. The players are graded according to their ability and the best players are placed in the top two divisions in this age group. The remainder of the Under 9 players are placed in teams with their friends whenever possible.
No ID cards are issued, except to players who may be required as borrowed players in the U12 age group.
The season is 17 weeks long. The first 13 games are played as a round robin between teams in the same group. Washed out and unplayed games will not be rescheduled. The final four weeks of the season are played as a knockout tournament. Each colour grouping is divided into groups of four teams, playing a round robin in weeks 14-16. Results will be kept by the Association only and will not be published. The results of the three games are used to divide the teams into groups of eight to play in a competitive knockout gala day in week 17.
Under 9s - 7a side
The U9 Home Ground is Georges Heights Oval, GHO
Games are 20 minutes each way with a break of 5 minutes is taken between halves.
Under 9s - size 4
The club will hold a short referee’s course. Each team must nominate at least one responsible person to attend. Those attending will be issued with a Referees Card. Only these people, subject to the conditions below, may referee games:
- Where both teams have Referees Card holders, the referee is appointed from the home team (first mentioned in the draw).
- Where only one team has a card holder, the referee is from that team.
- Where neither team has a card holder, the referee is appointed from the home team.
As many games are played on Saturday mornings, all games must finish on time. Any game starting late must be reduced in playing time, and the time adjusted so that each half is of equal time e.g. 10 minutes each way with 3 minutes half time.
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