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A fun introduction to Football for boys & girls


MiniRoos is a smaller version of football that provides boys and girls aged 4 - 11 with a fun introduction to the world game.


MiniRoos is designed for kids; it is all about having fun, learning new skills and making life-long friends.


Delivered by grassroots clubs across Australia, MiniRoos provides opportunities for boys and girls of all abilities, shapes and sizes to play football.


Football is the game that everyone can play, so get involved and become a MiniRoo today!


Everyone benefits from MiniRoos!


Benefits to boys & girls;


The smaller fields, modified rules and fewer players mean a more enjoyable game with many more chances to score plenty of goals! The benefits of such an engaging and active experience include:


  • Development of fundamental motor skills;

  • Development of social skills through peer interactions;

  • Develop values of team work, cooperation, fair play, and respect for others;

  • Develop a child's ability to make quick decisions and improve reaction time; and

  • Health and wellbeing benefits from regular participation in MiniRoos games;


Boys & girls also have the opportunity to play MiniRoos during half-time of selected Hyundai A-League or Westfield W-League games throughout the summer football season, as well as international fixtures featuring our very own Socceroos & Matildas!


Benefits to parents


MiniRoos time is family time!


  • MiniRoos is conveniently operated at thousands of local clubs across the country, meaning parents shouldn't have to travel too far to be part of the MiniRoos experience;

  • Constant supervision for your children in a fun, safe, welcoming environment;

  • Enjoy a coffee with your friends in the club rooms or be part of the MiniRoos action with your son or daughter on the pitch.


Your MiniRoos experience can be anything you want it to be!


Plus with your help, MiniRoos will provide your child with the opportunity to enjoy their football experience and develop into the best player they can be. Parents should be active in:

  • encouraging children to enjoy the game

  • focussing on children’s efforts and performance, regardless of whether they win or lose

  • encouraging children to play by the rules of the game

  • showing children to have respect for other players and officials

  • ensuring equal opportunities for all playerscalm and positive sideline support

  • noting good performance and skills


Benefits to the local community


MiniRoos helps build strong, active local communities that work together to ensure the health of future generations.


The Swan United FC MiniRoos experience is predominately operated by passionate, hard-working volunteers from your local community. Volunteering for your community to support an activity your son or daughter is taking part in is truly a rewarding experience. Don't be shy to put your hand up and help out where possible. Many hands make light work!


Frequently Asked Questions


How will my children learn to play 11 v 11 if they are playing MiniRoos?

The progression through the MiniRoos formats of 4v4, 7v7 and 9v9 is a sound educational method and process to ready your child to play 11v11. The progression helps players discover the differences in the size of the field and size of the goal and the benefits of having more space. It also helps children to learn to use different and well-developed techniques to play a more tactical game, as well as assisting them in understanding the role of different positions and determining what best suits them.


Why no goalkeepers until under 8s?

The role of the goalkeeper in football is uniquely specialised and typically players develop as goalkeepers at a later age. In the youngest age groups, keepers can be uninvolved in the game for long periods, which can be uninteresting and sometimes means they do not feel part of the team.


Will a club need a lot of equipment for MiniRoos?

Equipment will not be a barrier for clubs to conduct MiniRoos. Whilst the use of goals is ideal, there is no need to purchase new goals should your club not wish to or be able to. In the first instance, many clubs have used markers or poles both as goals and to set out the field and have found that it has worked really well in the younger age groups, at minimal cost.


Do other countries play modified football?

The modified version of football is played and endorsed throughout England, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland, Germany, France, Korea Republic and the USA to name a few, and is not a new concept.


For more information on Mini Roos you can visit the offical website here, or download the following documents; 


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