Playing Philosophy


At the SSF level the emphasis is clearly in favour of fun, participation, social interaction and learning. Since small children do not regard winning with quite the same fervour as many of their parents, SSF match results are not recorded and it is expected that team officials and parents will not let their own ambitions spoil the enjoyment that the children obviously gain from playing the game of soccer. Although these principles dominate our approach to SSF, the club also recognises that this is the best time for soccer players of the future to learn the basic skills. For this reason, the club encourages SSF coaches to attend recognised FFV coaching courses.

2.2 JUNIORS (including U10 – U11 SSF)

As players progress through their teenage years, the game becomes more competitive and winning assumes a higher priority. To accommodate these changing attitudes, junior coaches (U11 +) are progressively allowed greater flexibility in the areas of team composition & playing time although this does not mean that winning should override the principles of fun & enjoyment, ample participation for all players, fair play, good sportsmanship, skill & fitness development and providing a positive, encouraging Club environment, nor abandon those players and families who have supported and helped develop the Club over previous years.

Although the club believes that junior teams (U11+) should be competitive and we endeavour to appoint only experienced coaches, our primary objectives are to encourage, educate and continually improve rather than winning individual games and producing league champions (although we would like to think we can still do this by meeting the above objectives).


The SSF program is highly dependant on the support of volunteers; coaches, team managers and parent involvement during match days. Without the support of volunteers, Coonans Hill Soccer Club is not able to run a successful, fulfilled program.

The U7, U8 and U9 Sub-junior teams are usually formed based on friendship groups.
The U11 teams will be determined in a similar fashion to the juniors (U12 upwards – refer to Section 3.2)


FFV competitions from U12 upwards are graded competitions (i.e. A, B, C, teams etc.).
In addition, the FFV has requested that U10, 11 (SSF) and U12 teams be informally graded (Kangaroos – for more experienced teams, Joeys – for newcomers to the game).

Therefore from U10 upwards, Coonans Hill Soccer Club teams will be graded if more than one team competes at any age level.
3.2.1 Grading involves selecting a team with the best ability from the pool of players in any age group.
3.2.2 Other teams in that age group will also be graded and players will be assigned to teams based on their ability and experience, also taking into account friendship groups.
3.2.3 Where it applies, team grading will take place pre-season with at least 4 training (grading) sessions occurring before preliminary team assignments are made. The process must involve consultation between age group coaches, managers, and coordinators. All returning players will be invited to attend these sessions and should be encouraged by their coaches and team managers to do so.
3.2.4 Final team assignments will be made as soon as possible in order to meet the club registration deadline.
3.2.5 Returning players will only be cut from their previous team if:

  • they are playing at an age level above the one they rightfully belong in and aren’t up to the required playing ability of this age level (in these cases they will (where possible) be placed in a Club team at an age level they belong to),
  •  the Club is able to field a second team which will enable the player to continue playing in their rightful age group,
  • there are too many existing players in the squad to accommodate all players (in such cases alternative options will be sought e.g. playing in an age level above their actual age or speaking to other local Clubs to determine team vacancies) – refer to clause 4.2.3 for further details.
  • The ability/skill level, attitude and/or behaviour of a player(s) has a detrimental effect on the team’s overall potential. In such circumstances (and where possible), players will be put into teams of a playing ability closer to their own.
  • The behaviour of individuals has warranted their exclusion from the team.

3.2.6 It is expected that a player may decline the invitation to be on an “A” team if selected. The club recognises that “friendship groups” sometimes play a part in a player’s enjoyment of the game and may determine whether he/she continues to play. Players who decline an “A” team selection will be accommodated, if possible, in another preferred team.
3.2.7 The Club Committee (representative) will make the final decision with respect to final playing lists in consultation with relevant coaches and coaching coordinator.
3.2.8 The Club will endeavour to maintain team composition by retaining a majority of the previous year’s team. This is believed to help maintain team structure, spirit and encourage continual improvement. A maximum of three (3) new players may be accepted into an existing team unless additional players are required due to vacancies.
3.2.9 In instances where positions in a team are not available for a player(s) due to their lack of skill/ability, a ‘train only’ option may be offered. The ‘train only’ option will attract a reduced fee for the subject team (to be determined by Club Committee Representative(s)). The team coach and Club Committee will make the final decision as to whether this option is available.