Not all junior players are graded. Players from Under 5 to Under 8 are *not* graded because they are still playing soccer in what is known as “The Discovery Phase” — they are simply developing a love for the game and having fun. We allocate players to teams at U5-U8 socially and with the help of parents and coaches.
Where grading really begins is from Under 9s to Under 17s. By “grading” we mean that we assess players’ skills and place them in teams according to ability. It is not always obvious to parents why we grade players from as young as U9 but there are a few reasons why we start formal grading at that point.
For further information, please download the two policy documents listed below.