First Kicks (5-6 yrs)

The First Kicks Program is run by Island Bay United Juniors as part of NZ Football’s Whole of Football Framework. It is designed to assist school-age players to develop the basic soccer skills through direct coaching, fun, practice and games.

First Kicks in 2018 is for boys and girls born in 2012 (6th grade), or born in 2013 who turn 5 before the end of the season (5th grade). First Kicks is a fun, player development programme that runs at Wakefield Park artificial turf on Saturday mornings at 8am.

Players enjoy 4 fun-packed training drills called Station Rotation then the squad of ten players is split up to play short games of 4 or 5 aside, on small fields with no goalkeepers and modified rules (see below). First Kicks is an IBU club programme.

Players need to bring their own yellow socks, shin pads, and a size 3 ball. The club provides players a replica strip from a famous football nation or club, including the shorts.

Early engagement into the game should be encouraged as it is necessary to reach excellence. This initiation phase is to allow the children to discover the game, provide for learning basic fundamental movement skills and create positive football experiences.

First Kicks Guidelines
  • Non-competitive short games
  • Adults and children work together informally to meet the personal/emotional needs of the youngsters
  • Lots of chances to enjoy mini challenges
  • Encourage participation in a variety of additional activities to develop physical literacy (e.g. running, jumping, throwing, etc)
  • Parents and game leaders bring out the fun of football through guiding and supporting their children to understand the basic rules of first kicks football

WHERE: Island Bay United First Kicks is run on the artificial turf at Wakefield Park alongside Fun Football.

WHEN: Each Saturday from 8am to 9:30.

(Note: 8am sharp and parking is always packed so please consider your transport options.)

Field Allocation

The field that your team is allocated will be displayed in the clubrooms on Saturday mornings.

First Kicks Game rules

1)  8-10 minute mini games
2)  hooters signal ‘change drill / new game’
3)  No goal keepers
4)  No offside
5)  Goal kick – attacking players return to half way
6)  No corners
7)  No throw-ins -> kick ins

Expected behaviour from children:

  • To respect adults and equipment
  • Do your best and have fun
  • To be caring, sharing and no swearing

Expected behaviour from adults:

  • Applaud the good and encourage fair play!!!
  • To be caring and sharing
  • Not over bearing
  • No swearing