Winter Season 2019
Easts FC will plays within the Eastern Suburbs Football Association (ESFA) competition and under the Football Federation Australia (FFA) directive of Miniroos, providing young football players with the structure and platform to learn the basics of football. Our dedicated professional coaches deliver our coaching development program, which has been formulated with Football NSW and delivers the FFA’s curriculum, “the Skills Acquisition Phase”. The Easts FC Juniors Program has been refined over the years to ensure that it provides the players with the opportunity to develop their love for the game and to take their football to the next level.
Easts FC runs 2 programs for Miniroos.
- SAP Development Squad designed for aspiring, talented juniors seeking to advance their skills and technique – teams by trial (more info here).
- The General Program designed for all players that seek to play football, learn and enjoy – football for all (more info below).
Miniroos teams compete in the Saturday (Mixed teams) and Sunday (Only-Girls teams) competitions.
Registered players play against other ESFA Clubs once per weekend and will train once per week with Easts. The cost of training coach is included in the registration fees and if the whole team agrees, and if we have available coaches, we can also organise a game-day coach for an extra fee. Otherwise, we encourage parents to get involved with the teams each weekend by acting as the game day coach to try to keep costs down as much as possible. The Club provides training and support to those parents who are keen to get involved.
U8 to U12 is non-competitive and to ensure that teams are playing against similar standard teams, teams can move up and down the divisions dependent on results. The Club, working with ESFA, ensures that teams are playing competitive games each week.
The Program includes the following benefits:
- Training programme as prescribed by the FFA
- FFA licenced coaches supplied
- FFA membership
- Full insurance
- Training once a week from 2nd April. We have room based on registration numbers on Wednesdays and Thursdays, which can be offered to full teams or when main training times/days have filled.
- U8 – Tuesdays 4-5pm at Moore Park
- U9 – Tuesdays 5-6pm at Moore Park
- U10 – Tuesdays 6-7pm at Moore Park
- U11 – Thursdays 5.30-6.30pm at Waverley Synthetic
- U12 – Wednesdays 5.30-6.30pm at Waverley Synthetic
- Games starts the 6th April in the ESFA league. Our home ground is Queens Park and games are played at different locations across the Eastern Suburbs within a 25-minute drive from Queens Park.
- U8 Mixed – KO Saturday 9am
- U9 Mixed – KO Saturday 10am
- U10 Mixed – KO Saturday 11am
- U11 Mixed – KO Saturday 12pm
- U12 Mixed – KO Saturday 1pm
- U8-U12 Girls – Sundays (various times)
- Total price
- U8 & U9 – $440
- U10, U11 & U12 – $450
For more information about the $100 Active Kids program, click here.
At Easts FC we put a lot of emphasis on coaching and developing our players and pride ourselves in our program that has been put together by our Technical Director in association with Football NSW and the FFA curriculum. Click here to see our full coaching philosophy.
Football Development path for boys and girls
The chart above explains the ‘player pathway’ from U9s through to senior football at the highest national level. It is clear from this diagram that during the Skills Acquisition Phase the children are on a linear path whilst they acquire the core technical skills.
- FNSWI – Football NSW Institute
- NPL – National Playing League
- NPLW – National Playing League Women
- SAP – Skills Acquisition Phase
The Building Blocks
The Football Federation of Australia (FFA) has identified within its curriculum 4 training building blocks for player development (see below).
To further explain, the diagram below compares the football development path to that of a child’s academic education, where the Skills Acquisition Phase equates to their Primary level education.
The Skill Acquisition Phase
Between the ages of 9 and 13 children are in the Skill Acquisition Phase. This is the phase our boys and girls are currently in. The importance of this phase is an emphasis on Skill Development over winning. Focus is on the following 4 technical skills:
- Striking the Ball
- First Touch
- One vs One
- Running with the Ball
The foundation of the Skill Acquisition Phase is built upon the following:
- Extensively providing a solid foundation of technical skill.
- If the player does not gain this skill foundation during this phase it will be very difficult to make it up later.
- No amount of fitness or competitive spirit will ever compensate for deficiencies in functional game skills.
- At this age the children are ready for a more structured approach to training.
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