Rosario Football Club is one of the largest amateur football clubs in Northern Ireland. It has four sections:
The club has an overall committee, which is responsible for developing the strategy of the club, financial administration, ensuring child protection and dealing with disciplinary issues. The overall chairman is Pat McGonigle. Head of coach development is Paddy Connolly. Head of the mini-soccer is Danny Treacy.
Rosario is based at Ulidia Playing Fields on the Ormeau Road in Belfast.
The club is run entirely by volunteers, people just like you, on a 'not for profit' basis. It has strong roots within the wider Ormeau Road community. The club is open to all members of the community and welcomes new members.
We encourage parents and kids to take an active role in the club, whether helping to clean the kit, carrying water bottles, coaching a team or helping with the admin.
Mini soccer structure
Rosario mini-soccer is structured by year of birth; it incorporates U11s (2003s), U10s (2004s), U9s (2005s), U8s (2006s) and U7s (2007s) who all play in a structured programme of fixtures with other mini soccer teams. The munckins train regularly in the youth club and at Aquinas School. Kids must have celebrated their 5th birthday to join in.
Registration for membership takes place each August.
Mini soccer ethos
Mini soccer is designed especially for children, with fewer players competing on a smaller-sized pitch. The aim of mini-soccer is to meet the developmental needs of younger football players whilst maintaining a strong focus on maximum participation and enjoyment.
The matches are fun games that encourage players to have more contact with the ball. As there are fewer players on the pitch and the pitches are smaller this means that each player has more opportunity to take part in the game and to develop their skills.
When playing mini-soccer, players are more active due to playing both attacking and defensive roles within a match and this helps them to understand the importance of team-mates and playing and working together.