Federation Football U13 - U16

Why Federation football?

Federation football is the most challenging football environment for youth players that Waibop offers. The ideal Federation footballer is teachable, respectful, motivated, resilient, interested in the sport, and who has a high level of football skills and knowledge. This league provides football for our top players while ensuring they are catered for in the best environment possible for their development needs.



  • U13 Mixed - players born 2010
  • U14 Mixed - players born 2009
  • U16 Mixed - players born 2007-2008

2023 Season Details

Season:    Sunday 29th April through to 9th September 2023 (pending confirmation from WaiBOP Football Association).

                  Federation Pre Phase begins Sunday 19th March

Game day:  Mixed League teams - Sundays. Typically games are scheduled as one home game (Pemberton Park) and one away game.  The away game could be within the Bay or Plenty or with the Waikato region (e.g. Cambridge or Hamilton)

Training schedule: Two formal training sessions a week (days to be confirmed) starting in March. Players should also expect to be set homework outside of formal training times including working on individual skills, fitness and developing their football knowledge

Selection Information

We will be holding selections this year at Wharepai Domain (city end of Cameron Road) in collaboration with Otumoetai Football Club.

U13 Mixed -  Thursdays 16th & 23rd February, 2nd & 9th March - 5.30pm - 6.30pm

U14 Mixed - Tuesdays 14th, 21st & 28th February, 7th March - 4.30pm - 5.30pm

U16 Mixed - Tuesdays 14th, 21st & 28th February, 7th March - 5.30pm - 6.30pm


Teams are composed of up to 18 players. Prospective players are observed over selection dates above.  A committee then meets to discuss if Federation is the best environment for each person, and to select the teams. Players will be advised of the committee’s decision via email by the end of March. If a player is not selected for Federation football, it means the committee believes the player’s growth and enjoyment of the game would be greater in another environment. 

Fees 2023

$300  per player.    (this includes clubs fees and Federation league Fees.  These fees are payable upon registration)

This includes football registrations for the season, use of a shirt will be provided, team photo and access to our suitably qualified Federation coaches.  Players will need to provide their own team shorts, socks, shin pads, boots.

Thank you for your interest in football at the Tauranga Blue Rovers. We take great pride in being a part of our community and helping players of all ages improve their football and develop a lifelong love of "the beautiful game”. We look forward to seeing you on the sideline during the 2023 season.