Newmarket is a community sporting club that ensures all players and parents are learning to play the game through having fun.
All players at Newmarket are considered development players regardless of ability. Player development is in line with Football Federation Australia National Coaching Curriculum. The club’s junior teams compete in Football Brisbane competitions in age under 6 – 17 age groups as well as a Football Squirts program for players aged 3 – 5 years.
Information for Junior Players
Coaches and Managers
All of our coaches are volunteers and are fully qualified or undertaking courses to gain accreditation.
Sometimes it is difficult to find a suitable coach for teams. All teams are required to have a coach and a manager. If you are interested in coaching please contact the Junior Co-ordnator or a committee member.
The club runs coaching courses during the year.
There are no match fees at Newmarket.
The club supplies a small quantity of balls to each team but all players are encouraged to have their own ball to enable them to practice at home. It is important that players bring their ball to training. This allows each players to each have a ball for individual training drills. Buy a ball that is distinctly coloured and write your name (and phone number) on it so it will not be lost in the crowd. There is an air compressor available in the equipment room. Caution must be used when using as it can easily over-inflate them causing the stitching to tear or at worst explode.
There are different sizes of balls:
Under 6s to U9s Size 3 ball
Under 10s to 13s Size 4 ball
Under 14s & above Size 5 ball
Seniors (men’s and ladies) Size 5 ball
All players should have a pair of boots by the first fixture. Sandshoes/runners are OK for the beginning of the training season. Squirts (3-5 year olds) don’t need boots.
If buying new boots ensure that soles/studs are plastic or rubber & that the boots feel comfortable & have plenty of space for growth & thick socks.
It is also a good idea to tape all laces prior to training and a game to ensure they do not come undone.
The wearing of shin pads is compulsory at training & in games. Players will not be allowed to train or play unless they are being worn.
Shorts & Socks
Club socks & shorts are available for purchase from the club. These must be worn for all games.
Mouthguards aren’t compulsory but encouraged to be worn.
The club does not supply water bottles. All players must bring their own water bottles to training & games. Please make sure player’s name is clearly written on the bottle.
These are provided to teams by the club & sponsors. Shirts shall be collected at the end of each game & players/parents share washing duties. This ensures all jerseys stay together. Jersey’s are NOT to be worn outside of game day &/or training unless approved.
Club Polo Shirts
Club polo shirts are to be worn to & from all games. These are available for purchase from the club.
Age Group Information
Age groups are based on the calendar year 1 January – 31 December.
Players are able to play 1 year above their age group only.
Age groups can be combined to form a team if there is insufficient numbers to make a team in either age group ie under 15s and 16s merge to form 1 under 16 team.
There is no grading for Mini-Roo players (under 6 – under 11)
All teams are organised based on previous seasons, friends in team and schools.
Teams under 9 – under 11 are placed into the appropriate league – Komodo, Goanna and Gecko.
Under 12 – Under 16 players will go through a grading process if required ie 2 teams in age group. Players will be placed in teams that suit their ability. Previous teams affiliations/friends are not necessarily considered.
The club will ensure that divisional teams play in the correct division that suits their abilities.