Football is a very popular sport at Auckland Grammar School and students are keen to participate in the sport at both a competitive and social level. The opportunity to play against teams from other schools is an exciting opportunity for our students to develop their collaborative skills outside of the classroom, and make new friends with students from other form groups along the way.
At Auckland Grammar, the top teams such as the 1st XI and the A grade sides have seen great success in the School's long history. Many students have gone on to play at a professional level and for the all whites, such as our 1st XI coach and Director of Football, Kris Bright, and this is a trait we are keen to continue seeing.
Over the course of the season teams compete various annual exchanges with other high schools, regional competitions and national competitions.
Please find below some information and answers to frequently asked questions.
What football teams are available at each year level?
- Form 3: 13A1, 13A2 and 13B1 (11-aside). Form 3 Social football (7-aside).
- Form 4: 14A1, 14A2 and 14B1 (11-aside). Form 4 Social football. (7-aside). 1st and 2nd XI if you are successful at the trial.
- Form 5: 15A1, 15A2 and 15B1 (11-aside). Form 5 Social football. (7-aside). 1st and 2nd XI if you are successful at the trial.
- Forms 6 and 7: 1st, 2nd or 3rd XI if you are successful at the trial. Senior Social football. Both of these are 11-aside.
Do I have to trial if I just want to play social football? No. You need to get together with a group of like-minded friends and register a team at the appropriate year level. However, you must ensure that none of your team members are in the A1 team. If they do make it, you can replace them at a later date by letting Mr Keshwara know.
When are football trials for the 1st XI and A grade teams? 1st XI trials are held in Week 9. Several unsuccessful students from the 1st XI trials will then be eligible to trial for either the 2nd and 3rd XI teams.
The A grade trials occur across Weeks 10 to 12. There are two trials - students successful in the first trial will then be invited to a second trial. Following this second trial the squads are determined. Over the course of the first three weeks and fixtures in Term 2, the A1, A2 and B1 teams are then confirmed from this squad of players in Forms 3, 4 and 5.
Where can I find information on the trial dates? On this page below. Also, please listen carefully to notices in assembly. Information about successful students at trials will be posted on the Football noticeboard. This can be found on the lower floor of the main block, underneath the Deans' Suite.
If I don't make an A grade or 1st to 3rd XI team, what happens next? You can still play Football at the school - don't worry!
- Students in Forms 3, 4 and 5: you need to get together as a group of friends who want to play and register a team for the School 7-aside social league. These games will be held on the lower fields one weeknight after school. You are free to make up your own team based on players from your year level, as long as they are not in the A1 team.
- Senior students: you will need to get together as a group of friends who want to play and register a team for the 11-aside Senior C league that play on Saturday mornings. Listen out for a meeting and further information regarding this.
If I don't make the A1 grade team what can I do? The main thing is to show how determined you are. Sometimes students are unsuccessful as they may not trial particularly well on the day. If this is the case, you need to work hard in training, and play well in your fixtures to show your coach what you can do.
We are constantly asking coaches about how their teams are doing, and if there are stand out players we may have missed, so it is crucial your attitude and effort is of the highest standard in order to be recognised.
What time is kick-off on game days?
- Saturday mornings: Juniors (Forms 3 and 4) kick off at 9am, and Seniors (Forms 5, 6, and 7) will play Saturdays at 10am
- The 1st XI team will usually play Friday night on the artificial turf, sometimes at midday on the No. 1 field.
- Please check College Sport for fixtures (Friday evening is best, as College Sport can make last minute changes)
When will my practice be? Once students are allocated into teams, the coach will call a meeting with all players and explain where and when training will be. This will normally be either before or after School.
Students in the A1 and A2 Grade train twice a week for the first few weeks, and then once a week with a second training session if necessary. This will be in the morning and/or after school on the lower School fields. B1 Grade sides train once a week at the Domain.
What do I need to play? Boots, shin guards, and playing uniform.
How much does Football cost? Cost of uniform available from the School Shop and a $35 levy per player.
If I make the A2 or B1 team, and want to play social football, do I have to pay twice? No, however you must ensure the social games do not clash with your A2 or B1 grade training
Where can I check who and what time I am playing against? Click here and select your grade to take you to your fixtures.
What if I am ill or cannot make training? It is your responsibility to send your apologies to your coach. By not turning up for training can often mean you will not necessarily start the game on the Saturday.
What if I am ill or cannot make the game? You must let either your coach, team captain or another player know by phone or email.
Conduct during the game. We expect all students to behave in The Grammar Way - we do not argue decisions with the referee, coach or any member of the public. Students must conduct themselves in the best possible manner and not bring the school into disrepute.
Anyone who is found to be disruptive during the games, or causing any offence, will be subject to further punishment, and in some circumstances expulsion from their team.
Game Time. For students in A grade teams, a maximum of 4 substitutions are permitted from a maximum of 5 players on the bench. It is possible that a student in an A grade team may not get a game at all in the week.
For students in B1 grade teams, a maximum of 5 rolling substitutions are permitted each game and each player in the team is expected to get some game time.
All students are requested to abstain from any verbal abuse towards the referee or opposition during the game, and should simply applaud any such behaviour directed at the Grammar team.
Form 3 students:
- Registrations for Form 3 students wishing to play Football in 2021 have now closed.
- First trial: Tuesday 30 March at 7.15am on the lower school fields
- Call-back trials for successful students: Thursday 1 April at 7.15am on the artificial turf
- If you do not wish to trial but would like to enter a Form 3 social team, please either download an entry form here, or pick one up from Mr Keshwara. One person per team (ideally the captain) needs to fill out this form. You must have at least 9 players.
Form 4 students:
- Registrations for Form 4 students wishing to play Football in 2021 have now closed.
- First trial: Wednesday 31 March at 7.15am on the lower school fields (13A1 players from 2020 do not need to attend)
- Call-back trials: Wednesday 14 April at 7.15am on the artificial turf. All players successful from the first trial, and 13A1 from 2020 are required to come
- If you do not wish to trial but would like to enter a Form 4 social team, please either download an entry form here, or pick one up from Mr Keshwara. One person per team (ideally the captain) needs to fill out this form. You must have at least 9 players.
Form 5 students:
- Registrations for Form 5 students wishing to play Football in 2021 have now closed.
- Trial date: Monday 29 March at 7.15am on the lower school football fields (14A1 from 2020 not required at this trial)
- Call-back trials: Wednesday 7 April at 7.15am on the lower school football fields (all successful players from the first trial, and 14A1 from 2020 are required to come)
- If you do not wish to trial but would like to enter a Form 5 social team, please either download an entry form here, or pick one up from Mr Keshwara. One person per team (ideally the captain) needs to fill out this form. You must have at least 9 players.
1st to 3rd XI teams:
Registrations for those wishing to play in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd XI teams have closed.
- 1st to 3rd XI firs trial: Thursday 25 March.
- 1st to 3rd XI call-back trial: Friday 26 March
- 2nd and 3rd XI final trial: Thursday 15 April
Forms 6 and 7 - Senior Social Football
Please either download an entry form here, or pick one up from Mr Keshwara. This needs to be done by just one person (ideally the captain) and each team must have a minimum of 14 players, and a maximum of 16. There will be a meeting at the start of Term 2 to discuss conduct during these games, and also how they will be managed as we need to have a parent who is willing to take charge.
The Master in Charge of Football is Mr Keshwara. Students are able to speak to him in the Science department during the School day or contact him via email.