WINTER CLUB SEASON 2024 (See 'Club List' for Contact details)


Season starts for all Senior Men’s competitions on Saturday 13th April.

Season starts for all Juniors, Youth & Social Women’s competitions on Saturday 27th April.

Click here to contact a Club for the 2024 season

Juniors/Youth/Women Starts Saturday 27th April. 

Juniors/Youth/Women Ends Saturday 31st August. (may be a week earlier if competitions require) 

No Play dates Juniors/Youth/Women:

Saturday 1st June (King’s Birthday)

Saturday 13th July (middle weekend school holidays)

Saturday 29th June (Matariki)

Senior Men’s Starts Saturday 13th April.

Senior Men’s Ends Saturday 31st August (may be a week earlier or later if competitions require)

No Play dates Senior Men’s:

Saturday 1st June (King’s Birthday)

2024 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 2020, 2019 and 2018

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 2017 and 8th grade teams born 2016

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 2015

10th Grade                                                                           7 aside

*Non-competitive grade – no scores/tables recorded    

*10th Grade for 10 year olds born 2014

11th Grade                                                                           9 aside                

*Non-competitive grade – no scores/tables recorded    

*11th Grade for 11 year olds born 2013

12th Grade                                                                          9 aside

* 12th Grade for 12 year olds born 2012

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

*13th & 14th Grade for players born 2011 & 2010

Youth League Football

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

*Youth League for players born 2009, 2008, 2007

*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 - players born on or after 13/4/2008)

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

Women’s Local Social league 1pm & 3pm starts

Age dispensations & Rules regarding number of rep players per team

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 coaches before the player is eligible. 
  • The maximum number for dispensations per team is two.
  • A team can only have a maximum of five* academy/rep players. *Unless players were already registered to that team year prior.  There will be no new transfers accepted for any academy/rep 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, and Rep/Academy Coaching team.

*Maximum of two dispensations granted per team.

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 if they feel more comfortable in a lower grade.

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.

Women can apply for dispensation to play in the senior men's grade (Div 2 or 3 only and max 3 women in a team). The dispensation request must come through your club, and female players must be 19 years of age or older. We will not grant any dispensations for women under the age of 19 as they can play with their male counterparts in the Youth League. We will also not grant any dispensations for women to play in senior mens Division 1.

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.