NRF Junior Coaches

Most teams are led/coached by a parent or parents willing to look after a team for the season. It is a very rewarding experience and lots of fun too.  Courses, assistance and resources for all coaches will be available from the club and through Auckland Football. Please indicate on the registration form if you are interested in coaching a team or get in touch with the Director of Football on


There are many quality junior-specific resources and videos designed to create experiences that increase passion for the game, fundamental movement and playing skills. These are all available free on the NZ Football website HERE.

We recommend these resources as 'must-haves' for guidance on training and game-days:

  • Retreating Line Guide – This has information for the retreating line rule, as well as junior football rules, that are in place for all divisions for U9 to U12. There is also a video explaining it here.
  • Gamecards 2020 – Five basic and fun training sessions: Dribbling, Shooting, Ball Control, 1v1 and Passing.
  • CUFC U9-U12 Curriculum - Suggested training plan for those who want to take a more 'traditional' approach than the above Gamecards. This is based on the Skills Centre sessions below.
  • Skills Centre Sessions - 32 training sessions focusing on the core attacking and defending skills.
  • Matchday Support for 7-a-side and 9-a-side – Guidelines for formation, warm-up, playing time, and team talks before, during and after the match.
  • Pre-match Activities – Guidelines for pre-match warm-ups.
  • Junior Football Regulations - Specific regulations for competitions run by Northern Football Federation.