Choosing a football experience for your child will begin at one of the hundreds of football clubs across Queensland. These range from grassroots clubs with a focus on participation, to ambitious clubs that aspire to succeed at the highest level of competition.
As the governing body for the game in Queensland, Football Queensland (FQ) sanctions clubs and competitions that are designed to benefit the entire community and provide a pathway for talented players.
Most of our Socceroos and Matildas were developed through clubs and competitions sanctioned by state and member federations such as FQ.
Brief blurb on roughly what a community club is. They’re pretty great if your kid just wants to play football and you don’t want to pay a heap of money.
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Brief blurb on roughly what an elite club is. If you think your kid is the next Socceroo and you want the best place for him to actually become that, look here..
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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.
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.
There any many things to look for in an elite club:
- SAP and TSP Programs
- Coaching Requirements
- Club Value / Club Shields
- Academy programs (QAS and Brisbane Roar)
Making sense of SAP and TSP
Football Queensland delivers professional, integrated and clear elite development programs for boys and girls throughout Queensland.
The pathway for boys and girls to reach the A-League or W-League begins with the Skills Acquisitions Phase (SAP) and Talent Support Program (TSP).
SAP is a key component of Football Australia’s National Curriculum, designed to accelerate the skill development of identified players between the age of 9 to 13. It is based on world’s best practice and has been developed by internationally acclaimed Technical Coaches and Football Australia’s Technical Department.
TSP provides talented players between the age of 13 to 16 access to quality training environments to complement their club training, with the aim of developing players in line with Football Australia’s playing principles.
FQ monitors the 24 clubs licenced to run SAP programs in South East Queensland, with ratings and regulations to ensure all clubs are consistently delivering services at a high standard. The Club Shield initiative is designed to improve club accountability, transparency and visibility for participants and parents.
Regardless of whether a club has been awarded a SAP licence, every club in Queensland has free access to FQ’s comprehensive SAP curriculum, with training materials and complete video guides for coaches.
The FQ Club Shield initiative promotes accountability and visibility for parents to make an informed choice about how participation fees represent value.
FQ’s Club Development Unit assesses clubs on their planning, delivery and development outcome measures, factoring in training and game observations, assessment of coaching standards and services the clubs provide to their players.
FQ then awards Gold, Silver and Bronze stars to clubs. The digital Shield displays each club’s National Club Development Program (NCDP) classification, Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP) rating and Youth Academy rating.
The evolving index is continually updated as clubs build capacity, improve technical development standards and attain higher ratings with FQ’s support.
Participants at the elite level of football can expect a coach that holds a C Licence, B Licence or A Licence. At a minimum, these coaches will be educated in all elements of the National Curriculum, the Football Australia Team Model and the Coach Expertise Model.
FQ also encourages all clubs to appoint a Club Coach Coordinator (CCC) to support the development of coaches and enhance the experience for those involved in their local club.