Winter Football Saturday Competition

Winter Football Saturday Competition

The winter football season is a Saturday morning competition designed to be fun for players at all levels from age 5 to (approx.) 16. Depending on the teams who enter the competition, games may played in Taupō, Reporoa or Marotiri.

Taupō Players must register by Saturday 01 April 2023 to ensure a spot in one of our teams.  We cannot guarantee that any registrations after this date would be accepted.  Fees must be paid as part of the registration process, which covers the NZ Football and WaiBOP Federation fees, and contribute toward the costs of running the club (please note that everyone involved in organising Junior Football are volunteers).

2023 Fees

First Kicks and Grade 7 $70

Grade 8 + $106

Teams are created by the committee, with the intention of mixing players of different abilities and experience to encourage an even competition over the season. Players play in their age level based on the year of birth, unless dispensation is applied for and granted to play in a different level. Teams are mixed boys and girls.

Players will be notified of their team & coach before the start of the season.  Coaches are typically parents / caregivers, and we are often short of coaches.  If you would like to find out more about coaching, please email  Coaches will generally hold one practice a week, at a time & day determined by the coach

Grade 5-6 – First Kicks (5 and 6 Year olds – For 2023 season this means born 2017 and 2018

Grade 7 – Fun Football (Turning 7 this calendar year – for 2023 season this means players born 2016)

Grade 8  – Fun Football (Turning 8 this calendar year – for 2023 season this means players born in 2015)

Grade 9 – Junior Football (Turning 9 this calendar year – for 2023 season this means players born in 2014)

Grade 10 – Junior Football (Turning 10 this calendar year – for 2023 season this means players born in 2013)

Grade 11+ – Junior Football (Turning 11 this calendar year or female players turning 12 – for 2023 season this means all players born in 2011 and female players born 2011)

Open Grade – Youth Football (Boys turning 12 or older this calendar year, and girls turning 13 and older – for 2023 season this means boy players born 2011 or earlier and girl players born 2010 and earlier)

Please note: Female players born in 2010 will automatically be entered in Open Grade, however unless a dispensation has been requested, they will be placed into a G11+ team.


Each player will be put in the applicable grade based on their date of birth, regardless of what box is ticked on the registration form. If it is considered that a player would fit better in a lower or higher grade, then please note this no the registration form or email  prior to the close of registrations. This also applies to players who may have played up or down a grade in a previous season.

Game formats

As we are best able, we will aim to meet the below recommendations for the various grades. We

  • reserve the right to:
  • combine grades; and/ or
  • amend player numbers

based on the numbers of players / teams registered at the close of registrations


5-6 First Kicks 25 minutes activities,

+ 3*8 minute game

5 a-side
(no goalie)
7 & 8 2 games (or halves x 20 mins 5 a-side(no goalie) 3
9 & 10 2 halves x 25 mins 7 a-side(includes goalie) 4
11 2 halves x 30 mins 9 a-side
(includes goalie)
12 & Open 2 halves x 35 mins (or less time if less players) TBC 5



Each team manager / coach must give equal playing time to all players over the course of the season. Should any teams feel this is not happening, please contact

Clothing and equipment

First Kicks players to wear clothes (any colour) that allow them to run around easily (shorts or tracksuit pants) and t-shirt or other shirt. Long socks and shin-pads are preferable. Football boots are strongly recommended.

Players will be allocated a Taupo AFC strip (Shirt) and may play in green or yellow bib for the purposes of playing games (to be returned following each game).

There are no mid-week practices for First Kicks, and no regular playing teams.

Fun Football to wear royal blue shorts, royal blue long socks, shin-pads and football boots. Tops will be issued to each team for the season.

Junior Football to wear royal blue shorts, royal blue long socks, shin-pads and football boots. Tops will be issued to each team for the season. Taupo AFC will supply some goalkeeper gloves that need to be returned at the end of the season. Padded goalkeeper tops will be provided.

Players should bring a full water bottle to each game and training.

Players should NOT wear any jewellery while playing or training.

Football Boots – moulded plastic sprigs are recommended.



If games are cancelled due to weather (which we try not to do), we make a decision by 7.30am and cancellation notices will be up from 7.30am on this website and the following places:

More FM 93.6

Taupo AFC and Taupo Junior Football Facebook Pages

Please don’t DM on Facebook or email us at 7.15am asking about cancellations.



Depending on the entries for each grade, Games may be played at:

Taupō: Crown Park in Taupō

Reporoa: 1256 River Road (halfway to Reporoa), 24km from Taupō (home games for Reporoa teams)

Marotiri: Marotiri Primary School, Tihoi Road (34km NW of Taupō)


Take some money for games in Taupō and Reporoa as they often sell drinks (hot and cold) as well as a sausage sizzle (to be confirmed).

See Location maps

Have fun and enjoy the season!

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