The Club – Player Development

Pukekohe AFC caters for footballers of all ages and abilities, and aims to better their footballing confidence and skills. We encourage the development of our coaches, as the players in their care benefit from their education. We also offer school holiday programmes and skill-specific training sessions for members during the season, like goalkeeper training.

Football by Age

First Kicks – 4-6 yrs old

This is the first introduction to football. Children are placed into ‘pods’ according to their age and learn football skills and physical attributes through fun game play.

Fun Football – 7-8 yrs old

Children are placed into school-based teams (approx. 8 players per team) and play in a Pukekohe AFC 5-a-side competition every Saturday. They learn specific technical skills in a fun, motivational environment.

Mini Football – 9 yrs old

Children have the choice of playing in a Pukekohe AFC 5-a-side competition every Saturday, or trialing to play in a 9th Grade team that represents Pukekohe AFC in the Auckland Football competition.

Junior Football – 10-11 yrs old

Players trial and are placed into teams according to their ability. The teams are entered into the Auckland Football competition.

Youth Football – 12-17 yrs old

Players trial and are placed into teams according to their ability. The teams are entered into the Auckland Football competition.

Senior Football – 18 yrs old upwards

Players trial for the top two teams for Mens and Womens football. The balance of competitive / social players are assigned to teams.

Coerver Coaching

Coerver Coaching is available to Pukekohe AFC members on a term-by-term basis throughout the year. Details about Coerver Coaching in Term 1, 2017 will be available here in the new year.

The Coerver Coaching method focuses on individual skills development and small group play, and is suited to footballers aged 5-16 years old. Coerver Coaching aims to:

  • Develop skilled, confident and creative players
  • Make the game fun to practice and play
  • Teach good sportsmanship and respect for all
  • Value winning, but not more than character and performance
  • Provide a safe and educational experience that meets best practice criteria

Federation Talent Centre (FTC)

From the age of 12 years, a large number of talented players are scouted and recruited to the Federation Talent Centre programme for training that leads to district or zonal representation. The Federation Talent Centre focuses on providing players with more and better opportunities ‘to become the best that they can be’.

At 14+ years, there are two pathways young players can take based on their ability and commitment levels. All players are exposed to an accelerated development opportunity where the training focus is intensified to help them achieve future national representation and beyond into professional football.