To begin with, children are enrolled in MiniRoos, a nationwide skills-based program designed for kids of all abilities aged 4 to 11. The initiative uses short, game-based sessions to introduce the sport of football to newcomers in an inclusive way.
Age Brackets Simplified:
CHILD | Ages 6 – 11
Boys | Girls | Mixed
Small fields, 10+ min Halves, Size 2 Ball
YOUTH | Ages 12 – 18
Youth Football – Club competitions
Boys | Girls | Mixed
Medium/ full fields, 30+ min Halves, size 4-5 ball
ADULT | Ages 18 – 35
Senior Football – Club competitions
Men | Women
Full field, 45 min Halves, size 5 ball
For footballers aged 12 and up, most clubs field numerous teams in regional competitions. These competitions are contained within FQ’s nine zones (Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, South West, Wide Bay, Central, Mackay, North and North West). You can find a club and register now at playfootball.com.au.
Football Australia has divided coach education into two streams: the community pathway and the advanced pathway.
Participants in community football can expect a coach that is prepared to conduct engaging, safe and age-specific training sessions. Coaches at this level may hold certificates in MiniRoos Coaching, Skills Training and/or Game Training.
All clubs in Queensland have free access to free access to FQ’s comprehensive Skills Acquisition Phase (SAP) curriculum, with training materials and complete video guides for coaches.
As outlined in FQ’s Blue Card Club Guide, there is a process in place for all clubs to comply with the Queensland Government’s strict “NO CARD, NO START” policy.
Possible ideas –
- Age Brackets table – Under 16’s = Kids born earlier than September 2005, Under 15’s = Kids born earlier than September 2006 etc.
- List of programs that Community clubs can implement (ie. What to look for, ones that offer these)
- Interactive Map with clubs located on it – Like this: https://footballqueensland.com.au/play-futsal-2/futsal-clubs/
- Alternative football programs – Walking Football, Q-League (Social), Futsal etc. Links to those pages maybe.