What footwear do you recommend?

Generally the grounds in winter are relatively hard (despite rain).  The best boot for the season is one suited for firm ground, these are typically moulded studs.   If you are unsure then please ask.  Also during the month of March (or early if training in February) all grounds are deemed NO STUDS.  The reason for this is to protect the grass which is still recovering and routing prior to the season.  During this period and even in very dry periods the use of a indoor shoe or astro/artificial-turf boot should be used.

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What is optional skills session for Under 6 and Under 7

In 2017 Marrickville Football Club changed its under 6 and 7 format to reduce the number of times players had to get to Mackey Park by combining training and games into the one Saturday morning session of 90 minutes (45 minute training and 45 minute game).  Following positive feedback this schedule is being maintained however the club noted that a number of players wanted a little more skills acquisition training.  We are therefore introducing a Wednesday skills session with a qualified coached at a ratio of 1:10.  This will provide an accessible and affordable for girls and boys of this age group that just want a little more.

Why do we have to pay more?  The club constantly reviews its additional services portfolio and in order to maintain its other services (i.e. Goal Keeper Training and Female Only Coaching) alongside the Under 6/7 Skills session the club had an option of either drop a service or ask for a contribution.   The committee decided to spread its funds across 3 services and request a contribution capped at 50% of the cost of the service.

You can purchase the additional skills sessions through the club shop

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What is the ball size for my age group?

SIZE 3     Under 6, 7, 8 and 9

SIZE 4     Under 10,11, 12 and 13

SIZE 5     Everyone else


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How long does my game go for?

  • Under 6 and 7                          15 minutes each half
  • Under 8 and 9                         20 minutes each half
  • Under 10, 11 & 12                    25 minutes each half
  • Under 13 & 14                          30 minutes each half
  • Under 15 & 16                          35 minutes each half
  • Under 17 & Over 45               40 minutes each half
  • All Age, O35 and Women     45 minutes each half



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When does the winter season start and end?

  • The specific dates for each year can and each season can be found in the club calendar
  • The Winter Season starts the first weekend in April and concludes the last weekend in August
    • Semi-finals commence immediately after the normal league fixtures are concluded (typically beginning of August)
    • From Under 6 to Under 11 which are non-competitive ages no finals exist but an end of season gala day where all teams from same division play at the same location and against a team of a similar capability within that group of teams.
  • The Summer Season starts the last weekend of August and concludes the first weekend in December
    • This can change depending on the competitions entered by Marrickville Football Club
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What should I put on the match sheets?

  • The Manager shall enter any player playing that is missing from the sheet (e.g. a player playing up from another team)
  • If a player on the match sheet does not take part in the game his name should be struck from the list
  • Remember the maximum number of players that be put on a match sheet are
    • Under 8/9                    11 players
    • Under 10/11                 13 players
    • Under 12 to All Age    16 players
    • Over 35/45                   16 players
    • BBC                                16 players

BE CAREFUL the fines for fielding too many players are significant and passed onto team.

  • Any injury should be noted on the sheet
  • A manager can request any reasonable matter regarding the game to be entered on the match sheet
  • BOTH team managers must sign the sheet and initial scores
  • The home team must return the sheet to Marrickville Football Club (Completed Match Sheet Post Box) by no later than Tuesday 18:00hrs
  • If the match sheet is NOT filled out correctly there is a fine
  • If the match sheet is not returned in time there is a fine
  • In the finals (August) it is the WINNING TEAM MANAGER responsibility to collect and return the sheet at the end of the game (not the first team listed on the draw)
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When do I get my kit

Players can pick their match day kit up in March.  The Team Manager should book a fitting session for the whole team to attend.  Each player is then fitted and a complete set provide to the Team Manager for distribution that night.  Whilst the club endeavour to procure the correct kit numbers and sizes it is impossible to get 100% correct without buying significantly more kit that we need.  Therefore attending the kit fitting session in March is a MUST – if we have run out of that size we have processes in place to order small quantities quickly however if you do not know then we will struggle to obtain kit for round 1.

Please note that no Under 6 or 7 Team is required to attend to attend kit fitting.  A complete kit is handed to complete teams on Team Formation Day

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Can I play up an age group?

In short YES.  You can play up but not down an age group.

Playing Up Permanently –  from the beginning of the season you play for day the Under 13 but you are eligible for the Under 12.  That is all good but you are NOT eligible to play Under 12 football at all – you cannot go and help a team out in the Under 12’s although you were eligible for that age group.

Playing Up To Help Out – If you play up to help a team out that is short (great more football) but be careful.  If you play for that team 5 times or more for that team in a season then you are considered part of that team and you will NOT be able to play for the younger age group again that season.

Remember if in doubt ASK  [info@marrickvillefc.org.au]

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How do I work out which age group I play in?

  • For football in Australia the year for determining age is the calendar year) 01 January to 31 December)
  • The age you are turning in that year if the age group you play in. If your turn 13 that year then you can play Under 13’s.
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What kit do the club provide as part of registration?

Players Match Day Kit

  • Each outfield player will receive PUMA match day jersey and shorts plus a red pair of football socks.  This is excepted to last 2 years
  • Each Goal Keeper (Permanent) will receive PUMA GK Jersey and Shorts plus matching socks.  This is expected to last 2 years
  • Where teams do not have a permanent GK a shirt ONLY will be issued.
  • The kit will be fitted and issued to team managers (all players in team MUST attend player fitting at the beginning of March – see Calendar for exact dates for that year

See MFC Kit Policy for Further details

Coaches Kit

  • Bag of training balls (topped up from last year if you still have some)
  • Size 3 (Under 6 to Under 9), Size 4 (Under 10 to Under 13) and Size 5 (Under 14 Up)
  • Ball Bag (if required)
  • Cones (as required)
  • Bibs (as required)

Managers Kit

  • Match Ball
  • Players Cards (these are issued to Managers once all players have completed registration and payment process)
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What equipment do I need?

What do I need?

  • Training top – generally a lightweight t-shirt or sports top.
  • Training shorts – lightweight pair of shorts
  • Socks – football socks or similar (long as shin pads need to covered)
  • Boots – boots for hard grass surfaces.  The majority of the season you will be playing on harder grass services.  At the beginning of the season (Feb and March) training is in trainers (no boots) in order to protect the grass
  • Shin Pads – a must and players will be prevented from participating from games if shin pads are not worn

Where Can I get them

  • A number of local retailers exist (Rebel, Decathlon) or you can go online
  • Boots – MFC operate a boot exchange program which is very popular where members are able to bring outgrown (but still in one piece) boots and look to grab another pair that fit.  If you are new to the game and have nothing to exchange then we just ask that you bring boots back when you have out grown them
  • Puma – as part of our relationship with PUMA we can are able to offer special discounts on PUMA boots and other items (please ask or see the website shop for details)
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Are there games over school holidays?

In short YES but the following exceptions exist
Under 6 and Under 7 – because Marrickville run this competition we do not schedule a game for the middle Saturday of the school holidays
Under 8 to Under 11 – generally no game is scheduled as this is a non-competitive competition

All other age groups will have a game scheduled for Saturday or Sunday of the school holidays.

Whether training is on during the holidays is a team coach decision.

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Who coaches the side?

A volunteer. Typically this is a parent or older sibling of one of the players, however we do have a few coaches that have stayed coaching a side despite the fact that their child has outgrown the club or move away from the area. A number of players who are active in senior football also support our community by coaching a side. We are always looking for coaches (no previous experience necessary in younger age groups) and offer every assistance we can to support coaches through the year. If you want to access professional coaching for your player then this can be purchased through the Red Devils Football Academy or other channels.

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Where does my registration fee go?

Marrickville Football Club set its registration fees to recover the base cost of putting a player on the pitch. This includes field hire, Football New South Wales (FNSW) and Canterbury District Soccer Football Association (CDSFA) Fees, kit and equipment (balls,cones, balls etc) and administration (wages, volunteer rewards, office costs etc). Revenue generated through sponsorship and canteen supports club administration and additional equipment/services (e.g. mobile goals, female only training, GK training etc) Whilst the percentages differ slightly per age group the following is a guide to where your registration fee goes.

19% Kit and Equipment
19% Salary and Wages
14% Field Hire
9% Admin
5% GST Net

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