WINTER CLUB SEASON 2022 (See 'Club List' for Contact details)


Season starts for all Senior Men’s competitions on Saturday 23rd April

Season starts for all Juniors, Youth & Social Women’s competitions on Saturday 7th May

Click here to contact a Club for the 2022 season

Juniors/Youth/Women Starts Saturday 7th May

Juniors/Youth/Women Ends Saturday 27th August

No Play dates Juniors/Youth/Women:

Queen’s Birthday Saturday 4th June

Saturday 16th July (middle weekend school holidays)

Senior Men’s Starts Saturday 23rd April

Senior Men’s Ends Saturday 27th August or Saturday 3rd Sept depending on draws/team numbers

No Play dates Senior Men’s:

Queen’s Birthday Saturday 4th June

2022 Junior / Youth & Snr Football Grades


First Kicks                            4 to 6 years                      4 aside teams, no GK’s, discourage goal hanging

*Non-competitive grade – no scores/tables recorded

*First Kicks for 4 to 6 year olds (5th & 6th Grade) born May - Dec 2018, 2017 and 2016

Fun Football                      7 to 8 years                        5 aside teams, no GK’s, discourage goal hanging

*Non-competitive grade – no scores/tables recorded  

THESE ARE SEPARATE GRADES - 7th Grade stands alone and 8th Grade stands alone                                              

*1 league of 7th grade teams born 2015 and 8th grade teams born 2014

Mini Football                     9th Grade                             7 aside, (with Goal Keepers from 9th Grade up)

*Non-competitive grade – no scores/tables recorded

*9th Grade for 9 year olds born 2013

10th Grade                                                                           7 aside

*Non-competitive grade – no scores/tables recorded    

*10th Grade for 10 year olds born 2012

11th Grade                                                                           9 aside                

*Non-competitive grade – no scores/tables recorded    

*11th Grade for 11 year olds born 2011

12th Grade                                                                          9 aside

* 12th Grade for 12 year olds born 2010

13th & 14th Grade (mixed age Grade)                      11 aside – Senior Pitches – 9am & 10.30am start

*13th & 14th Grade for players born 2009 & 2008

Youth League Football

15th, 16th, 17th Grade                                                      11 aside – Senior Pitches – 9am & 10.30am start

*Youth League for players born 2007, 2006, 2005

*There will be no dispensations given to an 18th Grader (except females) wanting to play in the Youth league, these 18 year old male players must go to Senior Football.


For all players 16 years of age and over (must be 16 at the start of the playing season)

Senior Men's Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 leagues 1pm and 3pm starts

Women’s Local Social league 1.30pm starts

Women's Marlb/Nelson league 2pm & 3pm starts

Age dispensations

Marlborough Football will not accept any age dispensation requests below 10th grade.

  • A team may apply to have a maximum of two dispensations granted for a player coming one year below or one year above their normal age grade, but a dispensation form must be completed and approved by our FDO and grading committee before the player is eligible. 
  • The maximum number for dispensations per team is two.
  • A team can only have a maximum of five* academy players. *Unless players were already registered to that team year prior.  There will be no new transfers accepted for any academy players if the team they are transferring to already has 5 academy players. This is the clubs responsibility to make sure this rule is adhered to, and where reps has not been played year prior - it is up to the club to make sure even ability is spread accross the club teams in one grade.

Senior Football Age Allowance*: A player has the ability to play Senior Football at the age of 16 without dispensation. 

*At the age of 15 a player cannot be playing Senior Football unless dispensation has been granted by the Marlborough Football GM, FDO, Rep Coach, and Grading Committee.

A consent form will also be required to be signed by the player’s parents.

Playing in both Youth & Senior Grades: A player who is 16 years of age or older (must be 16 at the start of the playing season) has the opportunity to play in both Youth & Senior Competitions for their registered Club without dispensation. Must be the same Club for both teams – You can NOT dual Club register.  It is the Clubs responsibility to manage the wellbeing of that player and ensure they are not playing 2 full 90 minute games in one day.

Girls/Women: The standard dispensation for girls to play one year below their age Grade still stands.

We provide girls the opportunity to play alongside their male counterparts up to the age of 18 in the Youth league.

Girls/Women can play in the social women’s league from the age of 14.

Girls/Women over the age of 15 looking for competitive football can play in the Rangers women's team that enter in to the Nelson women's division 1. (Home & Away Games)

Abiding by the Rules

If a team does not abide by the above rules - week 1 a $50 fine will be charged to the team/club.

If the same team break the rules again - week 2 the team will be suspended from the league for a 1 week stand down with a further $300 fine.


PLEASE NOTE: Winter Club football is community ‘Club’ football, not Rep football, so for the good of junior club football in Marlborough please DO NOT build ‘super’ teams.  If your club has 2 teams in one grade, do the right thing and try to split them by even ability to make the playing experience a good competitve one for all kids. We provide the Marlborough Football Academy for those wanting to play with the best in their age group and these Academy teams train from May through to September/October and we send these teams away for competitive games and tournaments, so there is no excuse for you to build a ‘super’ team with Saturday morning winter club football.  We are a small town and don’t have enough player power in each age group for you to do that.

Also – If you are a smaller club and do not have enough kids of the right age to form a team in the correct age group, then you don’t have a team, so please do the right thing and either find more players to join of the correct age, or move those players on to a club that does.  Your ignorance of the rules will not be an excuse.