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JUNIORS

Juniors play competitive football in the Eastern Suburbs Football Association (ESFA) against other clubs. Grand Finals will be played at the end of August.

All teams will train at Coral Sea. The ground is available for training Tuesday to Thursday and training will depend on the coach’s availability. Juniors train between 5pm and 7pm – Maroubra all age teams train from 7pm onwards.

In 2017 the season starts on 1st April and ends 27th August

U12’s have been reduced to 9v9 from 11v11 but will remain competitive.

U12-U14 

  • Mixed on Saturdays. Girls on Sundays. 
  • Games played at Coral Sea and other ESFA grounds.
  • 12s play 9v9 (25 mins each half).
  • 13s – 14s play 11v11 (30 mins each half)

U15-U21

  • All on Sunday
  • Games played at Coral Sea and other ESFA grounds.
  • 15s – 16s play 11v11 (35 mins each half)
  • 17s – 21s play 11v11 (45 mins each half)

FAQs

What do we get for our registration?

  • All players are given a training ball.
  • U8’s upwards have a shirt for the season, returned by the team manager at the end of the season. U6s and U7s keep their shirts.
  • Shorts and socks can be purchased from the canteen.

Do the club provide paid coaches?

No – all our coaches are volunteers, mostly parents. We expect all our coaches to follow the FFA coaching curriculum and have a qualified coaching director to assist.  ESFA offers free coaching courses to all registered coaches and we encourage all our coaches to take advantage of the FFA courses on offer.

ESFA Grading?

From 8’s upwards ESFA allocate teams into pools of 6/8 teams, with input from the clubs.  They regrade in a 5 week cycle with the philosophy that no team is too dominant or too weak in their respective pool. So if a team wins all their games in that cycle they will be moved up into a higher pool and likewise a team that loses all their games drops down. The objective is to have each team playing teams of similar ability by the last phase of the season.

Internal Grading?

Whislt ESFA grade at team level we also soft grade one (maybe two) teams at each age group.  We believe it is beneficial that players of stronger ability play together as it takes the dominant players into one squad and allows other players to develop. The “soft” component is that it is not compulsory and if the child prefers to play with their friends then they can.  We will only grade a team if we feel we have sufficient quality within the age group to justify, at minimum, a 10 player squad.

What age group do I play in?

We believe players should play in their own age group rather than play up an age. While we allow 5 year olds to play in 6s, we don’t encourage players younger than 5 before season start to play.

BBQ

The club is run by volunteers and our low fees are supported by sponsorship and income from the canteen. Each team will have to provide parents to run the BBQ or help in the canteen at least twice through the season.