Small sided football (also known as MiniRoos) are modified forms of 11-a-side football, designed to meet the needs of players under the age of 11, who have very different developmental characteristics and needs than older players.

The philosophy of MiniRoos focuses on enjoyment and freedom of expression with limited emphasis on coaching, particularly in the formative years of a player’s development. The progression through the MiniRoos formats of 4v4, 7v7 and 9v9 is a sound educational method and proves to ready your child to play 11v11.

The progression helps players discover the differences in size of the field and size of the goal and 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.

This form of the game 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.

Overwhelmingly, the findings have shown that MiniRoos are enjoyed more by children and are a more effective method of improving their technical ability as footballers compared to 11-a-side football.

MiniRoos registrations fees for the Football Brisbane 2023 season are as follows:

MiniRoos inhouse (U6-U8) –  from $325
MiniRoos Hub Program (U8-U12) – from $375

Online registrations are now open HERE 

For more information email or call 3844 4944.


Mickey Rooney will lead the Club’s community MiniRoos program in 2023.

Rooney will concentrate on the Club’s U6-U8 teams as well as player recruitment and will also focus on the U9-U12 age groups.

Rooney has over 40 years of coaching experience under his belt, at senior level he’s worked as a Head Coach at a number of clubs including Olympic.

At junior level Rooney has also worked with plenty of clubs including the Brisbane Roar Active Program, while most recently working as the Technical Director at Eastern Suburbs.