AJFC Game Leader Program

Introduction to Abbotsford Juniors - Game Leader Program
In 2022, the Canterbury and District Soccer Football Association is introducing a new Game Leader program across all Clubs in the Association. 

Several Clubs including Hurlstone Park Wanders, Leichhardt Saints and Concord have for several years now, run successful programs where junior players from their Clubs are encouraged to “learn” how to referee a game of Small-Sided Football.

Abbotsford Juniors will introduce its own program in 2022 where Club members (aged 11 or over) are trained to “game lead” Under 8 to 11 Mixed games played on Saturday mornings and Under 8 to 11 Female games played on Sunday mornings at Campbell Park and Lysaght Park.   The first round of Game Leader training has been completed with candidate game leaders commencing their certification games during Saturday and Sundays. Further training is planned for June 2022 and registration of interest in the program for 2022 is still possible via:
AJFC Game Leader Expression of Interest

What does acting as a Game Leader involve?
Being a Game Leader has a dual role. Game Leaders need to know the rules of Small-Sided Football but most importantly they need to keep the Small-Sided Football game going.  They are also expected to help junior players who are still learning how to play by showing them the correct way to do things when they are unsure.

Game Leaders will wear special bibs that say ‘Game Leader’. These pink vests supplied by CDSFA are issued when a Game Leader completes their training, along with a whistle and rule summary card.

Game Leaders in 2022 will replace parent volunteers, coach/manager or club officials who have previously acted in this capacity.  They will be supported during their training period by a Game Leader Mentor at each Park and assisted on-going once qualified by Club Ground Officials. 

Parents of a younger Game Leader may wish to accompany their child to the games they lead.

Eligibility to be Game Leader?
Any fully registered AJFC member aged 11 or over is eligible to be a Game Leader.  Children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or carer during their initial training period.

A Game Leader must attend training and their games dressed in suitable attire; shorts, socks and a dark t-shirt/jersey wearing football boots (shin-pads are not required). A Game Leader must have a watch to time the game (ideally with a timer or stopwatch) as use of a phone during the game is prohibited. Ideally, a pair of shorts or shirt with a pocket is also useful to hold a notebook and pen (for recording scores).

Learning to be a Game Leader for AJFC junior games is a great reward in itself.  Experience at other Clubs is that it gives young Club members a real opportunity to build confidence and take on responsibility. It is amazing how many skills a Game Leader learns that are incredibly useful life skills such as being decisive and learning how to make mistakes and move on.

All CDSFA certified and approved Game Leaders will receive the agreed Game Leader fee for every game they are registered for and lead at the ground.   Game Leader fees for the Abbotsford Hub (which covers Campbell Park, Lysaght Park and Nield Park) are as follows:

Payment of our Game Leader is made by the Team Manager or Coach of the Abbotsford Juniors team at the game.  Certified and approved Game Leaders will also be entitled to receive a free drink (soft-drink or water) and sausage-on-a-roll after their Game Leader responsibilities are completed.  This may be collected from the Canteen by the Game Leader who must be wearing their Pink Game Leader vest.
Abbotsford Juniors will be conducting a further training course in the coming month for those members interested in acting as either Game Leaders or Game Leader Mentors for the 2022 seaon. 

To register an interest in the program: AJFC Game Leader Expression of Interest

Additional Information
CDSFA/Football NSW Small Sided Football Rules for Game Leaders


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