Glen Eira’s U8 to U11 boys teams compete in the FFV Miniroos 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 is either once or twice per week usually from 6pm till 7pm on Monday to Thursday 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 due to limited ground availability.
From late January, click here to see more details on Training Times
Click here to see the Fee Schedule.
It is important that kids play at the right level for them. Makes happier players which means they stay in the game longer which means they get the social development and additional life skills which come with being involved in organised team sport.
- For dedicated players at the highest level, the FTS Academy runs ‘development squads’. Trials are around October of the previous year.
- Glen Eira offers Kangaroos-level (quite high-level) teams for skilled players who are dedicated and focused on the game and their own development.
Trials are conducted around November of the previous year.
- In February, we offer trials Wallabies-level (intermediate) teams in some age groups. These are a good intermediate level for players who are preparing to step up to A-grade.
- Joeys (basic skill level) teams are more friendship-based teams for players getting started and also those 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.
More info at Trials Information.
How to Join
- Go to the Trials information and choose the appropriate level.
- Click through to your chosen level and click on the link to apply for a trial.
For boys born 2009 & 2010
- Click here to submit an Expression of Interest form directly.
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 MiniRoo 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.