Juniors

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Mitchie caters for all levels of skill, ability, and aspirations. Check out the various age groups and levels available to junior players below. For a graphic representation of the player pathways, see Player Pathways for Girls or Player Pathways for Boys.


NOTE: Age groups are calculated based on what age the player is turning in the calendar year for that season. E.g. a player turning 7 in 2018 will play Under 7s in that season. The one exception is if a player has turned 5, they are allowed to play in Under 6s that season.


Junior players at Mitchie are coached in accordance with the FFA Curriculum.


Mitchie Midgets - 3 to 5 years of age

When: 8.30 to 9.15am every Saturday in the Junior season (approximately March to August, except during the school holidays). There is no training for this group. 

Where: Field 1 at Mitchie

The aim of Midgets is for the kids to have some fun running around with little friends, sometimes with a soccer ball! They are placed in small groups and supervised by an experienced Mitchie player/coach (all with Blue Cards), who will lead them through some fun games designed to gradually increase their confidence, co-ordination, and teamwork.  Parent/carer participation is required.


Miniroos - Under 6 to Under 8

When: Training one night a week and games are Saturday mornings.

Where: Games for the U6 age group is at Mitchie in an internal competition, U7 & U 8 in this group may play in a local competition against clubs in our area (Samford, Pine Hills etc).

Players in these ages can play with their friends or be allocated to a team if necessary. Each team has a Coach and a Manager, both of whom are usually the parents of a player in that team. Training focuses on the very basic skills of ball control, passing and running. Games are played on a reduced pitch with small goals. There is no positional play or goal keeper and no results are kept. Participation and fun are essential elements at this level. For more information about this level go here


Miniroos - Under 9 to Under 11


When: Training one or two nights a week with games on Saturdays 

Where: Games are at home and away at other clubs

These age groups will be graded into three levels from Under 9, depending on developmental stage. The three levels are:
  • Gecko (beginner)
  • Goanna (Intermediate) and 
  • Komodo (Advanced). 
It is important to remember that children develop physically and emotionally at very different rates. Being placed in one level doesn't mean they will stay at that level in the future. The purpose of grading is for players to be able to train and play against others at their developmental level. This will keep their confidence up while they work on their skills and fitness. The pitch increases in size with each age group, up to a half full pitch. A goalie and some positional play is also introduced to these age groups. For more information about this level go here. Each team will have a Coach and a Manager, both of whom will usually be a parent of a player in the team. 

NOTE: Girls will play in mixed teams in Miniroos, however they will receive extra support and mentoring from senior women (players and coaches) within the club periodically throughout the season. We will also hold special coaching and social events for girls in these age groups. 


Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) - Under 9 to Under 12 (boys and girls)


When: Training two and even three nights a week with games on weekends

Where: Games are at home and away against other SAP clubs

SAP was introduced to Queensland approximately five years ago and refers to a specific program that at its core focuses on developing four important skills to a high level of execution, 1 v 1, striking the ball, running with the ball and first touch (controlling the ball when receiving it). The SAP program has been used very successfully throughout South America, Europe and Asia for many years. The program is open to boys and girls who must be selected through a specific trial process, which are advertised and usually occur shortly after the September school holidays. Teams are coached by specially qualified Coaches and training / game environments are much more rigorous and demanding than Miniroos in the same age groups, which is why SAP is a player pathway for those looking to play at higher levels when they are older. For further information about the SAP program, go here


Divisional teams - Under 12 to Under 16 (boys and girls)


When: Training one or two nights a week with games on weekends

Where: Games are at home and away against other clubs

Players in these age groups will generally be grouped into divisional levels (e.g. Division 1) according to their level of skill and ability. Trials are generally only held for Division 1 and will be advertised, usually in January. Girls can choose to play in mixed teams or in girls only teams. Beginners are welcome, even if they have no prior experience at all. 


Women's National Premier League (WNPL) - Girls Under 13, 15 and 17


When: Training three nights a week with games on weekends

Where: Games are at home and away against other WNPL clubs

Mitchie enters this competition for the first time in 2018. As the name suggests it is the premier level for junior girls to play at and they can only be selected through a trial process that is advertised and run after the September school holidays. Coaches and Assistant Coaches are required to have particular qualifications, they are paid for their services and are not usually parents of any players in the team. Players will be continually assessed and mentored in accordance with a formal program required under the club's agreement with Football Queensland. 


Football Qld Premier League (FQPL) -  Boys Under 13, 14, 15 and 16


When: Training two and even three nights a week with games on weekends

Where: Games are at home and away against other FQPL clubs

This is a new competition commencing in 2018. It is administered by Football Queensland and has been designed to provide a high level of competition with a promotion relegation system with the National Premier League (NPL). Players can only be selected through a trial process that is advertised and run after the September school holidays. Coaches and Assistant Coaches are required to have particular qualifications, they are paid for their services and are not usually parents of any players in the team. Players will be continually assessed and mentored in accordance with a formal program required under the club's agreement with Football Queensland. 

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