2019 Junior Regulation Changes

  5 February 2019   Comms team   Club News

In 2019, there are a few changes being made to the Junior Playing Regulations. Here is an overview of the main changes. For full details, please see the Capital Football website here (2019 regulations will be posted soon).


14/15th dual band grade

Capital Football has also established a 14/15th dual banded age grade in both mixed and girls-only leagues. This will allow players born in 2004 or 2005 to play in this competition. The aim being to close the gap between 14th grade and U17s for boys or senior women’s football for girls.

There is also the option for boys born in 2004 to play U17s – these games are played on a Sunday.

NB: Girls choosing to play for school still have the option to play 14/15th mixed or girls only as the girls college football is played on a Wednesday.


Last year College Sport Wellington indicated they would be running a combined Year 9 and Year 10 league in 2019 on Saturdays and we are aware that a number of colleges have advised players that they need to play for school.  Players who wish to play for Petone FC still have the option if that is what they choose.


We encourage parents to talk with their children and consider what is best for them and their football experience - including coaching expertise, future development opportunities and a pathway to senior football. Obviously, our preference is for them to play for Petone FC as this offers them a range of opportunities including player development.


If you are unsure or have questions regarding playing for Petone FC, including player development pathways, please contact the Junior Management Committee: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


First Kicks, 7th and 8th Grades

Following feedback from clubs, the following changes have been made to the game lengths and playing regulations in 2019.

7th grade Festivals from 3 x 12 minutes to 4 x 12 minutes

8thgrade from 3 x 15 minutes to 4 x 12 minutes.

First Kicks – 8th grades - Players can dribble in as an option for goal kicks and throw-ins.


9th-12th grades

This year the New Zealand Football Retreating line regulations will be added to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 to assist player development and encouraging teams to play out from the back.


This coaching tool has been successfully implemented in Junior Football throughout the world. It has also been used successfully by Federations in New Zealand over the past few years. The Retreating Line rule enables and encourages our young footballers to start to develop and enjoy a style of play in keeping with Worlds best practice and New Zealand Football’s playing philosophy.


The game involves playing the ball out from the back with defenders learning to control and accept the ball. Midfielders check to receive and play between the lines, while strikers learn to defend from the front and use the retreating line to make angled runs. This provides realistic player movement both on and off the ball, making it a great format for the modern game.


Be sure to check out the video explaining how the retreating line works for each grade - here