ALDI MiniRoos is designed for kids of all abilities, aged 4 – 11 years. The nation-wide initiative uses short, game-based sessions to introduce the sport of football to newcomers in an inclusive way. It focuses on learning new skills, being active, making life-long friends and, potentially, unearthing the next generation of Socceroos or Matildas. There are two ALDI MiniRoos playing options for boys and girls:

Children's Benefits

Fun, football game-based sessions that build fundamental motor skills; Activities aim to improve confidence and self-esteem; Low participant-to-coach ratio resulting in greater individual engagement; increased touches of the ball and more goal scoring opportunities; Make new friends and develop fundamental social skills; 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; Keep healthy by getting active; Boys and girls also have the opportunity to play ALDI MiniRoos during half-time of selected Hyundai A-League / Westfield W-League / Westfield FFA Cup games throughout the summer football season, as well as international fixtures featuring our very own Socceroos and Westfield Matildas!

Parent's Benefits

ALDI MiniRoos offers time friendly sessions and locations; A nationally consistent program delivered by trained coaches; Personal accident insurance provided; A chance to interact and spend time with your kids and other members of the community; Time to catch up with friends and family; ALDI 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 ALDI 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 ALDI MiniRoos action with your son or daughter on the pitch.

Community Benefits

Introducing children to fun and engaging sporting activities at an early age will influence their decision to remain involved in the sport as they grow older. A more active child means a healthier, smarter and more productive member of our community; ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off programs are all linked to your local football association or club and promote pathways into these family-friendly environments; ALDI MiniRoos helps build strong, active local communities that work together to ensure the health of future generations; The local football club bringing you the ALDI MiniRoos experience is predominately operated by passionate, hard-working volunteers from your 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!

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Frequently Asked Questions

At what age does my child qualify for Aldi Miniroos?

Boys and girls must be 4 years old to be eligible to register for the Kick-Off Program or must be turning 5 at any time during the calendar year to be eligible to register for Club football.

What do I do if I cannot find a club in my area?

If you have searched for a place to play and cannot find a suitable program in your area please complete the ALDI MiniRoos Participant Expression Of Interest Form. Your Member Federation will contact you when one becomes available.

How will my children learn to play 11 vs 11 if they play Aldi Miniroos?

The progression through the ALDI 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 Uunder 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 alot of equipment for Aldi Miniroos?

Equipment will not be a barrier for clubs to conduct ALDI 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.