After been here 6 months, here is a quick overview on my impression of kids soccer scene here in Adelaide.
Football is managed by the Football Federation of South Australia, often called federation football or FFSA.
Football season starts with Friendly/trial matches in Feb.
Season Proper starts in March
Season finals are held in September. (6 months)
Mini Soccer for U7's-U11’s is only being introduced over here for the 09/10 season.
Primary School level Soccer is managed by local associations which may or may-not be affiliated to FFSA. (Known as zones)
School level soccer is very much entry level competition, and is about the children having a go.
Zone Teams are selected from local school teams to play against each other in an inter-zone/state Tournament.
Trials/Selections for this squad take place around October/November for the following season starting in March.
Club soccer is extremely well organised over here, with most clubs having large facilities with changing rooms, club houses and floodlights etc
To help in minimising travel, the junior leagues are split into North, Central, West and South. Most clubs will run an A & B Team, the B Teams play against each other in their own “B” team leagues.
Club soccer is very competitive and is played to a good level. Training is twice a week with matches at the weekend. – You will be surprised at how good the level is..
Club soccer prices can vary from around $300-$700 per season depending upon the club, but generally includes the registration, kit, polo shirt and bag.
Trials/Selections for clubs take place around October/November for the following season starting in March.
Private Academies and ClinicsPrivate Academies are popular over here for lots of reasons.
Two such academies are:
- The season is only 6 months, academies will train all year.
- Helps Children Bridge the gap between school and club football
- Supports the club coaching to emulate English/European academy levels of training (i.e. up to 6 times a week)
- Offers chances to go interstate and even overseas for tournaments and trials.
Premier Football Academy Australia
Hope this helps :)