Information and frequently asked questions about playing football with EPPING FOOTBALL CLUB

 

When does the season start?

The football season starts with team organizing / grading of players (where required) in February, team training and practice games then start in March and the proper season starts the first weekend in April with games running through to end of August

 

What is my age group?

To be eligible to play in “under age” grades, a player must be under the relevant age on the 31st December of the previous year – eg to play Under 6 in 2019 you must be 5 or younger on 31stDecember 2018, to play Under 12 you must be 11 or younger on 31stDecember 2018.

To be eligible to play in “over age” grades, a player must be over the relevant age on 31st December in the previous year – eg to play Over 35’s in 2019 you must be 36 on 31stDecember the 2018.

 

How are teams organised ?

Epping Football Club fields over 50 teams each season across all age groups. For players in mini football (up to U8) we encourage players to form teams themselves based on existing friendships however we welcome individual players and will ensure all mini players are organized into a suitable team. For youth aged players U9 and up the club grades players into teams to ensure teams consist of similar ability players and in turn play in a suitable competition against other similar ability players. The practice of grading players has been employed for many years and there is firm evidence that grading players from this age leads to greater player enjoyment and development with increased likelihood the players will continue to play football for future years. Adult teams (outside our top Premier League mens and All Age women)  are organized via team managers – we currently field a large number of mens and womens teams across a wide range of divisions and welcome any new players not associated with a particular team and will be able to allocate you to a suitable team. 

 

Can I play with friends?

As above we encourage mini players (u6-u8) to form teams with friends, while most adult teams are groups of friends who have played together for many years in a lot of cases. Grading players into suitable teams in ages U9-U18 and our top mens and womens teams is an important element and may mean you cannot always play with friends. 

 

Who coaches the players?

All teams require a coach. Our club is run on volunteers and we ask parents of players to consider coaching or managing their child’s team. Coaching is a great experience as a parent and you only need some basic knowledge of football to be able to perform the coaching role. The club will support new and existing coaches no matter what their experience levels and have various online resources to assist as well as offering FFA accredited coaching courses free of charge to our club coaches. 

For our youngest players in U6 and U7 where coaches are more often new to the role we employ a cooperative training program where all teams in these ages train at the same time with experienced players and coaches from the club employed to assist in setting up and running the activities and ensuring the coach is supported in their role. Our cooperative training sessions are lots of fun and have become quite a social night for players, coaches and parents.

 

What is the cost?

The club charges a one off registration fee to play. The cost varies depending on the age group. The registration fee covers costs such as hire of grounds, referee fees, administration charges, insurance and all the other costs associated with running the competition. 

Less than half the registration fee goes to Epping Football Club and is made up of costs we have to pay to the association for ground hire and competition coordination and governing body costs paid to Football NSW and Football Federation Australia for administration of the game – a full breakdown of the fees is available online when you register.

The fees that do get collected by the club help us cover ground hire fees for training, match shirts, training balls and equipment and other admin costs associated with running the club.

You will be given a playing shirt for the season (which must be handed back at season end) but need to purchase Club shorts and socks to play in, available from the Club. In addition, every player must have football boots and shin pads which you can buy at most sports stores.

There are no other ongoing fees or charges.

 

How do I register?

Registration to play with Epping Football Club is a simple online registration process – follow the instructions and links under the registration tab on the club website.

 

When do teams train?

Teams train once a week, generally for an hour or hour and a half. U6-U8 teams train Fridays afternoons  / evening - U6 5-30pm and U7 6-30pm in our cooperative training program.

Outside U6-U8 ages the team coach once decided will liaise with the team to organize the most convenient training night for the coach and all players subject to the club being able to allocate ground space at the preferred time. 

 

Where do teams train?

 All Epping Football Club teams train at West Epping Park. The park underwent a significant redevelopment and opened in 2018 with 2 state of the art all weather synthetic football pitches. West Epping Park never closes except when lightning occurs.

  

When are games played?

Competition games take place as follows:

  • Saturday mornings for youth ages U6-U18 mixed / boys teams 
  • Saturday or Sunday afternoon for adult mens with some potential Friday night games
  • Sunday mornings for youth ages U6-U18 girls teams. 
  • Sunday afternoon for adult women

Kick off times vary from roughly 8-30am to 11-30am for youth and 1pm, 3pm and 5pm for adults – a full draw will be made available showing all game times and venues late March / early April. 

 

Where are games played?

Epping Football Club teams from U10 play home games at West Epping Park – the draw is set by the associations and we endeavor to try and ensure all Epping teams get a number of home games throughout the season. We are proud of the fact that in 2018 all adult teams got to play close to half their games at West Epping Park . Outside home games teams will play against opposition from across Gladesville Hornsby association with games varying in location from the Gladesville / Ryde area in the South East of the association to the Galston / Dural and West Pennant Hills areas in the North West.

Mini boys and mixed  U6-U9 teams play home games at Karonga School oval and should expect at least half their games at this venue. For these younger ages the travel is restricted and teams are generally scheduled to play opposition in close proximity to home.

 

What if I have other queries not answered above ?

Should you have any queries these can be directed as follows

  • Club president and Boys / Mens registrar - Malcolm Arnold at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mobile:- 0448 555 058

  • Girls / Womens registrar PK Kunalan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mobile :- 0458 176 564

 

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