- National Code of Conduct (Football Federation of Australia)
- Football insurance, what’s covered, how to claim
- What is Marrickville Football Club’s vision?
- Can I train early than 7pm if my team is Under 12 or above
- What happens of a referee does not turn up to referee my match?
- What day is my game?
- How am I allocated a team?
- Can I get a refund?
- How do I find my FFA number
- How do I apply an Active Kids Voucher?
- Can I use my Active Kids Voucher for football at MFC
- How often and when is training?
- What footwear do you recommend?
- What is the optional skills session for Under 6 and Under 7
- What is the ball size for my age group?
- How long does my game go for?
- When does the winter season start and end?
- What should I put on the match sheets?
- When do I get my kit
- Can I play up an age group?
- How do I work out which age group I play in?
- What kit does the club provide as part of registration?
- What equipment do I need?
- Are there games over school holidays?
- Who coaches the side?
- Where does my registration fee go?
National Code of Conduct (Football Federation of Australia)
If you would like to view the National Code of Conduct please follow the link to the Football Federation of Australia Code of Conduct https://footballnsw.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/FFA-National-Code-of-Conduct.pdfBack to Index
Football insurance, what’s covered, how to claim
For information regarding football insurance, what is covered and how to claim, please follow the link to the Football NSW website.http://www.gowgatessport.com.au/football/nsw/Back to Index
What is Marrickville Football Club’s vision?
To provide a friendly environment that fosters enjoyment, creating friendships and inspiring a team spirit for all ages and levels of ability through football
What is best for members
A Football focus
Encourage sportsmanship, respect for all
An intent to discover what’s possible
We’re a great grassroots (football) community club in the inner west of Sydney
Can I train early than 7pm if my team is Under 12 or above
- The club has split training out to before 7pm and after 7pm
- After 7pm training areas double in size providing the larger squads with more space and room to coach relevant game awareness for these age groups
- After the beginning of the season the club will not accept bookings from teams in the U12 and above age group.
- Following all allocations of training areas before 7pm the club will open up requests to train earlier but this will not be until after the beginning of the season (April)
What happens of a referee does not turn up to referee my match?
Both parties must agree on a person to referee the match, if both teams cannot agree on a suitable person to referee the match then the game shall not proceed.
THE CDSFA Rule 7.2 states that “where a person is appointed to referee the match, he shall have all the powers of an official referee” which is a point that is worth making to both teams before agreeing on the suitable person.Back to Index
What day is my game?
Game day is driven by the age (competition) that the team is in
- Under 6/7 (Inter Marrickville Competition)
- Under 8 to Under 11 Boys/Mixed
- All Age Men (Saturday Comp)
- Over 35’s Mens
- Over 45’s Mens
- All Girls Sides
- Under 12 to Under 13 Boys/Mixed
- Under 14 to Under 21’s
- All Age Men (Sunday Comp)
- All Age Womens
- Over 30 Womens
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How am I allocated a team?
The way players are allocated to a team varies generally by age group so below is an explanation of how it operates. A well attended grading session enables the club to best fit players into teams of like capability and then teams into a best fit division. When successful, the players, team and club generally have a better season. The challenges come when players / teams miss grading or are late registering to play. Every year we improve our grading process. Generally we need help to administrate the process efficiently so please offer your help if you can.
Sessions are generally in February with the exception of Under 6/7 which is March. For details on dates, times and locations see What’s On Section
Under 6 and 7 Players
No grading, just team formation day, which is in the calendar (but typically in March). All registered players for these age groups come down the club and we get teams sorted based on friends, previous years teams (under 7) and schools.
Under 8 Players
This is the hardest age group as this is the first year of playing other teams in the district. We have to pull together like capability kids and then assess them to put them into a division where they can have some fun. We request that ALL Under 8 players come to grading sessions. Dates, times and locations are all available through the What’s On Page.
Under 9 to Under 18
Across these age groups we have a blend of returning teams (from last year), players who want to change teams and new players (new to football, moved into area or coming from another local club). Across these age groups we run grading sessions (see What’s On), however, if a team is returning and has a significant number of returning players who have registered, we can make exceptions. We do ask Coach and Manager to attend grading to ensure contact, help and provide them with the opportunity to look at new players to fill any gaps.
We do run grading sessions for senior teams (See What’s On), however, generally these teams are returning and looking for a few additional players.Back to Index
Can I get a refund?
REFUND BEFORE 01 APRIL
Full refunds are available providing the player has DE-REGISTERED through the Football NSW Playfootball Website BEFORE 01 APRIL in that season. This action triggers the REFUND process. Emailing the club or telling someone at the club is not sufficient. Following completion of this activity the player must then submit the REFUND REQUEST FROM available in the RESOURCES / FORMS menu on this website.
If you have used an Active Kids voucher as part payment for registration you will NOT receive the $100 voucher value back as this is refunded to ACTIVE KIDS NSW.
Refunds typically take 2 weeks to process but during busy parts of the season this may be longer.
NO REFUND AFTER 01 APRIL
From 01 April (inclusive) no refunds are processed under any circumstances. Whilst this may sound a little harsh, the registration fee received has already been spent and these expenses are non refundable by the club. As registration fees are based on cost recovery only, any refund would cost the club money and the only way to recover this would be through an increase in registration fees to cover losses. Rather than offer refunds the committee has decided not to increase registration fees to cover any risk associated with maintaining a refunds policy after 01 AprilBack to Index
How do I find my FFA number
If you have played football in Australia before, you should have an Football Federation of Australia (FFA) number
If you are new to football in Australia then you will need to get one.
To complete either process (find or create) click on this link and following the instructions providedBack to Index
How do I apply an Active Kids Voucher?
From 31 January 2018, parents, guardians and carers can apply for a $100 voucher per calendar year for each student enrolled in school. The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and membership costs for sport, fitness and active recreation activities.
Obtain your Voucher Code
- Go to the NSW Government Active Kids website
- You will need to verify details with e.g. Medicare Card
- Complete personal details and receive your 16-digit Voucher Code
- Write down your Voucher Code for future reference
Apply your Voucher Code
- Goto MarrickvilleFC website
- Follow registration process
- Apply this Voucher Code when prompted
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Can I use my Active Kids Voucher for football at MFC
When you register and complete payment you can add your voucher reference, and providing it is valid, you can complete the payment process by using the voucher and paying the remainder. Please see the registration page under PLAY WITH US for full details.Back to Index
How often and when is training?
Training usually starts at the beginning of March and ends typically part way through August (aligning with the season).
Training for Under 6/7 is on Saturdays prior to game. Additional skills training is available on Wednesday evening to all registered U6/7 players at a marginal additional cost for the season
Under 8 and above – training day(s) and time for everyone else is decided by the teams coach and not the club. The club block books fields for midweek training at both Steel and Mackey Park on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The coach is then responsible for booking these fields via the club website.
As a general rule, to ensure space is available for everyone, U8 to U11 teams can train between 5:30pm to 7:00pm and U12 and above for 7:00pm onwards.
If you have a problem with the training night of the team you have joined then the club will facilitate a move where it can.Back to Index
What footwear do you recommend?
Generally, the grounds in winter are relatively hard (despite rain). The best boot for the season is one suited to firm ground. These typically have 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 rooting prior to the season. During this period and even in very dry periods the use of an indoor shoe or astro/artificial-turf boot should be used.Back to Index
What is the 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 accessible and affordable training for girls and boys of this age group who 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 it’s 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 dropping 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 shopBack to Index
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 & 7 15 minutes each half
- Under 8 & 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, Over 35 & Women 45 minutes each half
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When does the winter season start and end?
- The specific dates for each year can vary 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 is held. At this event 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
What should I put on the match sheets?
- The Manager shall enter any player playing who 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 their 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 on to the 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’S responsibility to collect and return the sheet at the end of the game (not the first team listed on the draw)
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 endeavours to procure the correct kit numbers and sizes it is impossible to be 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 a size we have processes in place to order small quantities quickly, however, if we do not know in time 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 DayBack to Index
Can I play up an age group?
In short YES. You can play up but not down an age group.
Playing Up Permanently – If, from the beginning of the season, you play in the Under 13 but you are the correct age for the Under 12, then you are NOT eligible to play Under 12 football at all. You cannot go and help a team out in the Under 12’s even though you are eligible for that age group.
Playing Up To Help Out – You can 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 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.
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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 is the age group you play in. If your turn 13 that year then you can play Under 13’s.
What kit does 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 the team MUST attend player fittings at the beginning of March – see Calendar for exact dates for that year
See MFC Kit Policy for Further details
- 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)
- Match Ball
- Players Cards (these are issued to Managers once all players have completed registration and payment process)
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 surfaces. 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 in 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 operates a boot exchange program which is very popular. 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 are able to offer special discounts on PUMA boots and other items (please ask or see the website shop for details)
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.Back to Index
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.Back to Index
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.
34% CDSFA/FNSW Fees
19% Kit and Equipment
19% Salary and Wages
14% Field Hire
5% GST Net