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Winter Season 2019

Easts FC U6 and U7 program provides a development path through to the Miniroos program at the Club. This pathway provides a great foundation and introduction to the four key skills of striking the ball, running with the ball, one on one and first touch as set out in the FFA curriculum. Easts FC will plays within the Eastern Suburbs Football Association (ESFA) Gala Days 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 Discovery Phase”. The Easts FC Minis 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.

Minis teams compete on Saturdays at Queens Park.

Registered players play within the Easts FC league and will train once per week. The cost of training coach is included in the registration fees. 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.

The Program includes the following benefits:

  • Training programme as prescribed by the FFA
  • Program delivered by FFA licenced coaches
  • Training once or twice per week from 25 March.
  • Matches will start on 23 March when we will host a team formation day from 8.30am
  • Regular matches will be at 8am & 8.50am at Queens Park (Fields 11 & 12 on the Darley Road side of the Park)
  • 3 ESFA Gala Days
  • Total price $420
  • NSW Active kids voucher of $100 can be applied to the registration costs to reduce it (see below)

The season finishes on 17 August 2019 with an end of season Gala/Trophy Day at Queens Park.

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For more information about the $100 Active Kids program, click here.

Players are required to wear shinpads and football boots for training and games.

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Pre-Season U6s transition training (only for players born in 2013)

  • Saturdays 9.15am
  • 9 weeks from 2 February to 30 March
  • At Moore Park (2 Feb-16 Mar) and Queens Park (23-30 Mar)
  • Only $135
  • SOLD OUT – Email admin@eastsfc.com.au to be in the waiting list.

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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 Discovery Phase

Between the ages of 5 and 7 children are in the Discover Phase. This is the phase our boys and girls are currently in. The importance of this phase is an emphasis on 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 Discovery 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.

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