Fun Football / First Kicks

At Papatoetoe AFC our 4th, 5th and 6th graders are involved in 'First Kicks' and our 7th and 8th Graders in 'Fun Football' as part of NZ Football's 'Whole of Football Plan'.

NZ Football has released its Whole of Football Plan (WoFP) which sets out a unified and strategic master plan that aligns all our development programmes to provide a unified pathway into the game and deliver a consistent experience to all participants. It’s not just about players – it also involves the ongoing development of coaches, referees and administrators. Papatoetoe AFC is committed to the WoFP to ensure that our players and their supporters are well placed to take advantage of the resources and support being provided from NZ Football. 

Papatoetoe AFC 
Papatoetoe AFC is involved in a Cluster group with other local soccer clubs. This year the cluster groups consist of Papatoetoe AFC, Papatoetoe United, Manukau City AFC, South Auckland Rangers and Otahuhu United.

When do we train? 
Each team will train once during the week with their assigned coach, and with parents help.

When do we play?
First Kicks (4/5th/6th) – Saturday Mornings 8.30am, rotating around the clubs in the cluster.
Fun Football (7th/8th) - Saturday Mornings 8.30am, Rotating around the clubs in the cluster.

How does it work?
Training: Coaches to run teaching general soccer skills

Game Day: A Game Day Co-ordinator along with Parent Game Leaders run this
First Kicks: 4v4, 3 x 8 min activities set by NZF, 3 x 8 min small sided games.
Fun Football 7th grade: 5v5, 3 x 8 min activities set by NZF, 3 x 10min small sided games. 

Fun Football 8th grade: 5v5, 2 x 8 min activities set by NZF, 3 x 13min small sided games.  

Why are we doing this?
It is NZF’s vision for football in the future. All clubs affiliated to NZF will be required to adopt this (and other) programmes aimed at developing the best possible football players, as well as developing higher participation in the sport.

Where can I find out more?
More Information is available for download below:


2. Basic game rules are attached SMALL SIDED FOOTBALL RULES.PDF

3. Game Day Activities are attached in PDF format. 

You can also refer to the NZF website – or



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