Small Side Games (SSG)

The Small sided game philosophy was introduced by the Gladesville Hornsby Football Association (GHFA) as a strategy to allow the children more exposure to the game play – and the kids definitely love it.

Under 6, 7,8’s & 9s play in non-competitive mini soccer which is designed to focus on participation, skills development, teamwork, friendship and enjoyment of the game rather than winning. The emphasis is on having fun!  We play a format called Small Sided Games (SSG) with the primary benefit being the increased player enjoyment and skill levels, based on the ability to be more involved in the game and have more “touches” of the ball. Due to the success of SSG it has been further expanded to include 10’s and 11’s.

Summary of SSG 

  • Under 6’s will play 4 players vs 4 players on 30m x 20m playing fields ( usually 6-8 players per team)
  • Under 7’s will play 4 players vs 4 players on 30m x 20m playing fields
  • Under 8s will play 7 vs 7 on a 50m x 35m field with a goalkeeper (grading for a top division)
  • Under 9s will play 7 vs 7 on a 50m x 35m field with a goalkeeper (grading for a top division)
  • Under 10’s and 11’s play 9 x 9 on a ¾ size field with goalkeeper. Full Soccer rules apply but no competition tabl

  $100 ACTIVE KIDS REBATE : The NSW government  “Active Kids Rebate” voucher is again available in 2019. All School age kids will be able to receive $100 rebate off their registration fees for one sport during the year. More information about the Active kid rebate is available on our registration pages.  You will need  your active Kids rebate voucher code from Service NSW to register.

MINI soccer training in 2019

North Epping Rangers has a very successful “Minis” Co-operative training program which is going from strength to strength . The past couple of years we have run the co-operative training for the under 6s and under 7s and due to its success we have extended it to the under 8s and 9s who join  for the first half the season. The program is externally run by KICKSTART and we are one of only a few clubs who offer this program. There is further information on the Kickstart training program below.

NER employ the services of a company called Kickstart to run our mini soccer training.

This will occur: Thursday afternoons commencing on 21st of March (At Ron Payne Oval, North Epping ) 

Under 6s: 4:30pm – 5.30pm , Under 7s : 5:30pm – 6:30pm , Under 8s/9s : 6:30 – 7:30pm

Please make a note in your diary, so you can move around your child’s swimming or music lessons to cater for this. Remember soccer is a team sport and children feel more inclusive in
their team if they train and play together.
We also request that you give consideration to volunteering assistance in the form of coaching or managing a team. We are not able to field teams without a coach and a manager. Neither of these jobs are difficult so please consider volunteering. In 2017 we have again employed the services of Kick Start training. This takes the onus off the individual team’s coach. Prior to and during the season, coaches will have access to various teaching and support resources from both inside and outside the club.

For more information on mini soccer click here.


For any further information please contact Mini Football Age Coordinators:

Glenn Saldanha – U6/7/8 Age Coordinator – 0412 495 134
Andrew Pollock – U9/10/11 Age Coordinator – 0426 244 313

or Michael Stern – Mini Soccer Convenor