MUMFC MiniRoos (5 - 9 Yr Olds)

MiniRoos is essentially a small sided football program endorsed by Football West which is continually being assessed, supported and enhanced since its introduction in Australia back in 2007 by the FFA. The idea of Small Sided Football is not new, Small Sided Football is played and recognised throughout England, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland, Germany, France, Korea and USA, to name a few. Small Sided Football is a modified form of 11-a-side football, designed to meet the needs of players from 5s to 11s.

Our Murdoch University Melville Saturday MiniRoos (5 – 9 yrs) play an intra-club competition at Len Shearer Reserve on Saturdays. The aim of MiniRoos is to give young girls and boys the maximum opportunity to participate in football, the world’s most popular sport. As long as you are between 5 and 9 years old, you can sign up to start playing MiniRoos at MUM FC right now. See the Age Groups for Season 2024 in the table below.

Age groupYear of birthPlaying times
U 5/62019-20188:30 am – 9:30 am
U 720179:30 am - 10:45 am
U 820168:30 am – 9:50 am
U 920159:50 am – 11:00 am
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Why MiniRoos?

Small Sided Football is truly aimed at young people of all abilities, not simply the more talented players in each age group. With the emphasis on participation and enjoyment, and an associated removal of the emphasis on the importance of winning, children are much more likely to enjoy their football playing experience, will be keen to play more often and are less likely to drop out of the game.

The benefits to our kids playing MiniRoos include:

  • The improvement of fundamental motor skills;
  • The development of social skills through peer interactions;
  • Enforces the values of team work, cooperation, fair play, and respect for others;
  • Enhances a child’s ability to make quick decisions and improves reaction time;
  • Not to mention the Health and wellbeing benefits from regular participation in outdoor exercise;

How you can help?

All we really ask of parents is your support and positive encouragement of the MiniRoos spirit; that is an emphasis on fun and participation rather than on winning! Having said this however our club relies heavily on parent-helpers, everyone involved in the club is a volunteer and we do ask that you be mindful of this fact.

We are always on the lookout for and need helpers, parent-coaches and managers, so please don't be shy to put your hand up and help out where possible there is always a place for parents on a MiniRoos team. Volunteering for your club to support an activity your son or daughter is taking part in is truly a rewarding experience.

The rules of Small Sided Games are not complicated so even if you have never been involved in football before, you can still be involved. Having good personal and organisational skills are beneficial skills for parent coaches however the aim is allow the kids to learn through playing the game with minimal instruction. Our club does provides excellent opportunities and support for our parent coaches which allows them to learn and to build their coaching skills. Our parent coaches are there to make the football experience of every player and their families in their team as enjoyable as possible, so please give them the respect that they deserve.

Why we use the intra-club model?

Every Saturday morning from May to September between 8:30am and noon, Len Shearer Reserve in Booragoon is abuzz with over 400 young players along with their parents, preparing for then playing scheduled MiniRoos matches. Parents only need to travel to the same location each week they do not have a "home and away" situation.

There is less emphasis on competition as our games are in house and not against other clubs. We offer a greater degree of flexibility in terms of being able to monitor, asses and or move players between teams if required. The club can provide a greater level of support to game leaders, coaches and manager as they are all at the club's home ground rather than travelling to other clubs There is a greater number of people at the ground each week which helps to share the load of the various roles enriching the kids' experience.

MUM FC MiniRoos helps to build a strong, active local community and aims to ensure the health of future generations.

How is MiniRoos structured?

In MiniRoos we have four age groupings, where we slowly develop and expand the training and matches as the children get older and more experienced. Age groups are generally directly reflective of child's DOB and the four groups are U5/6, U7, U8 and U9.
Each registered MiniRoos player will be allocated to a team for the season. As part of the registration fee, each player is provided with a full uniform (MUM FC Melville shirt, shorts and socks) for them to keep.

Players must provide their own boots and shin pads. In the interest of safety we do operate a no shin pads no play policy. A boot bin recycling program is available if you might be looking for a pair of good quality second hand boots or your child has out grown a pair that someone may still get the use out of.