Age Groups

FC Battersea runs age groups from U12s through to Seniors. Our first season 2019/20 will comprise a single U12s Boys team. In Season #2, as the Boys move up to 11v11 U13s, we will then add another U12s team. In this way, the Club will grow across 7 seasons to eventually comprise: U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17/18 and Senior squads. Girls and Disabled teams will be added in Season #3 (or sooner if funding/logistics permit).

To ensure a focus on quality, all age groups will comprise a SINGLE squad only.

Style of play

From U12s to the Senior team, all FCB age groups adhere to the TOTAL FOOTBALL style made famous by Rinus Michels and Johann Cruyff in Holland in the 1970s. The central idea is the use of space, with the need to consistently create or deny space in the attacking and defending phases. Everything in football is a function of distance.

Players are selected based on their ability to both enjoy and play in this style.

“…football is a game you play with your brains. You have to be in the right place at the right moment. Not too early, not too late.”



All FC Battersea players must possess:




Without these basic qualities, the Club cannot play in the Total Football style. To coach the style, training twice a week is necessary.

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