Boys Development Squads
Boys Development Squads are run by professional academy coaches who train them 3 times per week. The squads provide an environment to maximise player development, ensuring refined techniques, creativity and game insights are transferred into matches (via competitive environment). The players are guided through the relevant age-specific elements of playing a dynamic possession based style of football. Additional Coaching Fees are Payable.
- Applies to: U8-U12 Kangaroos-level teams playing in community competitions
- Suitable for: highly skilled boys born 2008-20012 inclusive
How to Join a Boys Development Squad
Step 1) Submit the Expression of Interest form
Step 2) Attend Trials
• Players Born in 2012 (Sat 12 Oct, 2019)
• Players Born in 2011 (Sun 13 Oct, 2019)
• Players Born in 2010 (Sun 13 Oct, 2019)
• Players Born in 2009 (Sun 13 Oct, 2019)
• Players Born in 2008 (Sun 13 Oct, 2019)
Trials will held between 9:00AM and 4:00PM on the above dates and you will receive confirmation of your Player’s time and venue in due course.
All Players will be notified if they have to attend a 2nd trial.
Formerly known as high-level and mid-level teams, Glen Eira FC’s graded teams offer boys the opportunity to play with, and against, players of a similar skill level. Graded teams offer good skills development whilst maximising player satisfaction. Graded teams have volunteer coaches. No additional coaching fees are payable.
- U9-U12 Kangaroos-level teams playing in community boys leagues
- U8-U12 Wallabies-level teams playing in community boys leagues
Suitable for semi-skilled boys born 2008-20012 inclusive.
- Suitable for: Aspiring players who are dedicated and focused on the game and their own development
- Commitment: Must be able to commit to 2 training sessions per week and should also find time to practice privately in their own time.
How to Join a Graded Team
Friendship-based teams for boys who are in it for the enjoyment of the game and the improved social outcomes/life skills that come from participating in organised team sport. Volunteer coaches. No additional coaching fees.
- Applies to: U8-U12 Joeys-level teams playing in community boys leagues
- Commitment: Must be able to commit to 80% of matches and 1 training session per week
Click here to see the Fee Schedule.
Glen Eira’s U8 to U12 boys teams compete in the FV Saturday South competitions. Matches are played on Saturday mornings in terms 2 and 3. Possible kickoff times are 9am, 10am or 11am, depending on the fixture draw. From late March onwards, click here to view the Fixture Draw. The season consists of 18 rounds — 9 home matches and 9 away matches.
- Home matches are played at Lord Reserve in Carnegie. .
- Away matches are typically played against clubs like Brighton, East Bentleigh, Hampton and Sandringham where travel times are typically 15 mins. Occasionally there might be a 30 to 40-minute journey to play against a team on the Peninsular or in Casey, but these might only be two or three times per season.
The training schedule is set by the coach. Training for graded or social U8-U12 boys teams is either once or twice per week usually from 6pm till 7pm on Monday to Friday nights. In-Season* training runs from late March through till late August.
*Pre-season training starts in late February or March and often occurs on different nights to In-Season training. This is due to limited ground availability. From late January, click here to see more details on Training Times
U8-U11 Rules & Results
- Click here to the Rules for U8-U9 Miniroos
- Click here to the Rules for U10-U11 Miniroos
- There are no ladders and no finals, scores are not recorded.
There are a few reasons for not recording the scores that are not always fully understood. The technical aspects of Football in Australia are governed by a National Curriculum. It’s a comprehensive document that aims to ensure that the sport is being taught to consistent standards across the country. The National Curriculum divides a player’s development into a number of phases. For MiniRoos players the relevant phase for most is the Discovery Phase, and for the older players, the beginning of the Skill Acquisition Phase.
The aim in the Discovery phase is to learn to love the game, to ‘learn football by playing football’. Children at this age are still developing their coordination, are ‘self-centred’ so don’t get the team concept yet, and have short attention spans. Removing factors that may limit their enjoyment, like an emphasis on winning, fields that are too big and too many players on the field, increase the likelihood that they will stick with football (and indeed sport in general) until they are ready to learn the skills to be successful.
The aim for the Skill Acquisition phase is self explanatory. The tactics that win games at the Under 10 level are not the same tactics that teach players the skills they will need as their opposition becomes more skillful and intelligent. So by removing the results factor, the emphasis can remain on teaching the core skills that will stick with players throughout their football lives. So you see that the lack of ladders and results is not about shielding children from the realities of life, as is sometimes suggested. It is about creating an environment that focuses purely on the most important factors for their growth as footballers, enjoyment and learning.