Junior Football Season Information

Junior Football Season Information 2018

Welcome to a new season with Chatswood Rangers Junior Football Club! We hope you have a great year with us.

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The registration process is similar to last season. Football Federation of Australia (FFA) requires player registrations to be entered through their FFA website.  The link to the FFA registration website is on our Football Registration Instructions Page where further details of the process are explained. Please look under Junior Football on the club website for more information.

All registrations are due by TBA. Any late registrations will go on a waiting list and will only be accepted at the club’s discretion, pending there is space in a team.  Registrations for teams in the Under 12 age group and older will likely close earlier once teams have reached capacity. Please register early to avoid disappointment!



In 2018 the player registration fees for Chatswood Rangers Junior Football will increase slightly from the prior year and are as follows:

Age   group Registration  fee  Increase from 2017  % Increase
U6-U11 (MiniRoos) $230  $10  4.5%
U12-U18 $250  $15  6.4%

The total fee amount is to be paid at time of registration. Important: please see the information below re Active Kids.

Our fees compare very favourably with those of other football clubs in the local area.

Over 70% of registration fees are paid directly to the Northern Suburbs Football Association (NSFA) to cover player registration, insurance and ground hire. NSFA fees levied on clubs increase as players get older due to increased insurance and the allocation of field hire costs and this is reflected by the slightly higher registration fees for the older age groups.

In 2018 NSFA costs have broadly remained static or within CPI. However local councils continue to increase their ground hire fees above CPI and in the past three years have levied children’s usage of fields at the same rate as that for adults. Councils also continue to charge clubs for the ground usage even when they have been closed due to bad weather. Willoughby City Council charge ground hirers double the hourly rate for the use of synthetic fields ($43/hour vs $21.50/hour for grass fields, with floodlights an additional $27/hour).

Please note that Chatswood Rangers have been able to maintain our registration fees at broadly the same levels as prior seasons mainly through our sponsors. Please support those businesses that continue to generously support our club.

Active Kids Rebate

Commencing 31 January 2018, the NSW Government’s Office of Sport will allocate $207 million over four years to establish Active Kids. Active Kids is a program to help NSW families meet the cost of getting their kids into sport and active fitness and recreation activities.

Parents will be able to claim up to $100 for each school-aged child in their family per calendar year as a voucher to reduce the cost of sport registration or membership fees for after-school, weekend and structured fitness or physical activity.

For example, the rebate will reduce the MiniRoos registration fee to $125 (i.e. $225 – $100 = $125), a considerable saving for parents.

Who is eligible to claim the voucher?

Every child (4.5 to 18 years old) enrolled in school from Kindergarten to Year 12 will be eligible for an Active Kids voucher. This includes those who are home-schooled or enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE NSW.

Active Kids Rebate Vouchers and Services NSW

The rebate vouchers will be available via Services NSW. If you don’t already have an account, we would strongly encourage you to set one up at your earliest convenience

Sibling Discounts

There is a 50% discount for the 3rd child and any subsequent children in a family will be FREE. This applies across both football and netball. If your family qualifies for the sibling discount in one sport only the online system will automatically process the discount.

However if you qualify for the discount across two sports, please DO NOT use the on-line payment system, as it unfortunately cannot calculate the discount (this is because of the FFA requirement to register via their website). You can still register on-line and then select to the ‘pay by cheque’ or ‘mail credit card payment’ options. Alternatively you can contact the club administrator (Michelle King 0419 500 099).



All players are required to wear the Chatswood Rangers playing uniform.  In 2018 the club will be using the same playing strip (shorts, shorts and socks) as was used in 2017 and thus there is no need to purchase any uniform items again unless you wish to do so for size and wear reasons.

For players in the U12s and above age groups players do not need to purchase a playing shirt. The shirt will be provided by the club and is expected to be returned at the end of the season i.e. it remains the property of the club.

Shirts, shorts or socks can be purchased from club sponsor Kingsgrove Sports in Artarmon (481 Pacific Highway, underneath Barbecues Galore). The items are priced as follows:

Shirts – $35 Shorts – $23 Socks – $13

Please note that the team uniforms are provided to players at the club’s cost prices.

Details of how to purchase shirts, shorts, socks and other club merchandise will be provided via a separate email.


Training by professional coaching company – XLR8 (powered by Northern Tigers)

The Club is pleased to announce that we will begin a new professional coaching relationship in 2018 with XLR8, the player development arm of the NSFA. XLR8 will provide qualified and experienced coaches each week to assist and mentor our volunteer coaches when training all age group teams, from U6 to U12, under their Co-operative Coaching program.

Please note that volunteer coaches will still be required to oversee training sessions and are responsible for the weekend game day coaching. Our volunteer coaches will be provided with session plans each week prior to training and will benefit from the training tips, advice and structure that XLR8 will supply. Volunteer coaches will provide feedback and input gained from weekend games. The club will benefit from a consistent approach to football throughout the various age groups. To facilitate this program, while at the same time ensuring player registration fees are not significantly increased, it will be necessary to conduct the training at a single location. The newly-laid all-weather synthetic pitch at Thomson Park in Artarmon is the confirmed venue. Subject to Council confirming our training day allocation we again expect to have access to the ground on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week.

Further details of the XLR8 training program will be provided at a later date.

Rangers will also be providing dedicated goalkeeping training to those players who wish to improve their skills in this area.

It is important to note that there will be no additional cost for the training program i.e. it will be covered by the player registration fee.

The proposed training times for each age group is as follows (subject to final confirmation):

4.00 – 4.45pm: U6 and U7
4.45 – 5.45pm: U8 and U9
5.45 – 7.00pm: U10, U11 and U12

Training will be held on Monday and Tuesday nights at Thomson Park in Artarmon. We may also hold some training sessions at Chatswood High School.

We understand that many families have commitments other than football and thus we are working to try and provide some flexibility if possible.

Example of what the XLR8 training program will look like:

• XLR8 will supply a minimum of two coaches for each training session.
• This works out to be one coach for every two teams hence why the proposed schedule has four teams for each session.
• The XLR8 coach will set the weekly program and send this information to the volunteer club coaches before the training session. Our club coaches will run the sessions with the XLR8 coaches supervising, assisting and running some of the drills i.e. they will split their time between the various teams.
• Sessions are generally 45 to 60 minutes but increases to 75 minutes as players get older.
• The intention is to avoid having the young children train too late and thus the older players will start their training sessions later.
• To be cost-effective the training program is to be held to be at one location (Thomson Park, Artarmon) for logistical reasons including lighting.
• Training may need to be completed at Thomson Park by 7pm due to other ground hirers requiring it for training. However we have requested later timeslots, with this to be confirmed by Council.
• It is intended to keep similar age groups together to enable the players to get to know each other better and make it easier for the coaches to set programs.
• As mentioned above there may be some flexibility in some teams moving between days and vice versa as long as we stick to four teams for the hour and we don’t have U6s training with U11s. However it may not be confirmed until registration numbers have been finalised.
• The coaches of teams in age groups U13 and above will be provided with programs. There will be an opportunity to assist these teams if requested by the coaches of these teams.

We understand that the designated training days as outlined above is a big change for families and represents a significant cultural change for the club. We realise it may reduce flexibility for some families.  However after listening to parent feedback and then weighing up the potential disadvantages we believe the benefits outweigh the downsides:

  • better training for our children by experienced coaches
  • our own volunteer coaches being provided with professional programs to train our children while being assisted to improve their own coaching skills
  • consistent training methods introduced across the club

We believe the introduction of this program will encourage other potential volunteers, who may have felt they did not have the technical competency to coach a team, to nominate as coaches knowing they will be assisted by professionals.

For more information on XLR8 please see the NSFA website:


Pre-Season Skills Training: Continuation of Program

The Club will be providing pre-season skills training for all age groups in 2018. XLR8 will supervise and facilitate the sessions.

Program: Skills Sessions 

  • Coach-to-player ratio: 1:20 maximum
  • Days and Age Groups: Tuesday (boys and girls U6, U7, U8 and U9), Thursday (boys and girls U10, U11, U12, U13 and U14)
  • Time: 6pm to 7pm
  • Start dates: Tuesday 6 February and Thursday 8 February
  • End dates: Tuesday 27 March and Thursday 29 March
  • Total duration: 8 weeks
  • Venue: Thomson Park Artarmon*
  • Cost: first 4 weeks free, $30 for the last 4 sessions (i.e. $7.50 per week)

*Depending on the level of interest and player registrations from Chatswood Public School, we may run a similar program at Chatswood High School on Mondays (4.30pm to 6.30pm). SEE BELOW

The training sessions are for all age groups, both mixed and girls football.

Pre-Season Age Group Skills Training Sessions 

All participants must be registered Chatswood Rangers players. A reminder that  registrations open on 1 February  to take advantage of the new Active Kids rebate program, which launches the previous day.

The program is heavily subsidised by the club, with the first 4 weeks free. A fee of $30 will be charged for the final 4 weeks (i.e. $7.50 per week) that helps to partly recover the cost of the program: coaches, equipment and ground hire.
The details are as follows (very similar to last year’s program). Please register in the appropriate age group via the links.

 U6 to U9 Mixed
 Where:  Thomson Park Artarmon
 When:   Tuesday  6 February to Tuesday 27 March (8 weeks, first 4 weeks free)
 Time:  6pm to 7pm

Free (first 4 weeks): https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=87
User-Pays (last 4 weeks): https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=88 

U10 to U14 Mixed
Where: Thomson Park Artarmon
When: Thursday 8 February to Thursday 29 March (8 weeks, first 4 weeks free)
Time: 6pm to 7pm

Free (first 4 weeks): https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=89 
User-Pays (last 4 weeks): https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=90 

Girls U10 to Girls U11 
Where: Thomson Park Artarmon
When: Thursday 8 February to Thursday 29 March (8 weeks, first 4 weeks free)
Time: 6pm to 7pm

Free (first 4 weeks): https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=91 
User-Pays (last 4 weeks): https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=92 

Girls U12 to Girls U14 
Where: Thomson Park Artarmon
When: Thursday 8 February to Thursday 29 March (8 weeks, first 4 weeks free)
Time: 6pm to 7pm

Free (first 4 weeks): https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=94 
User-Pays (last 4 weeks): https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=93 

U6 to U9 Mixed (boys and girls)

 Where:  Chatswood High School
 When:   Monday  5 February to Monday 26 March (8 weeks, first 4 weeks free)
 Time:  4.30pm to 5.30pm

Free (first 4 weeks): https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=97
User-Pays (last 4 weeks): https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=98

U10 to U14 Mixed (boys and girls)
Where: Chatswood High School
When: Monday 5 February to Monday 26 March (8 weeks, first 4 weeks free)
Time: 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Free (first 4 weeks): https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=99
User-Pays (last 4 weeks): https://nsfachtsr.myclubmate.com.au/RegisterOnline/eventregistration.asp?eventid=100 


Team Uniforms

Due to rising wholesale purchase costs (largely due to the fall in the Australian Dollar) these team uniform prices have recently been increased.


Playing shirts  $35

Shorts               $23

Socks                $13

Training shirts $15

All team uniform items are sold at the Club’s cost price.

We will also be selling old (“retro”) playing shirts (from the previous kit manufacturer) for $5 at training sessions and other times as advised. These can also be used as training shirts or even casual wear!


Fund-raising Barbecues

Dates to be advised.


Important Dates for your Diary 

Thursday 1 February: Registrations open!

Pre-Season Age Group Skills Training:

Tuesday 6 February and Thursday 8 February: Pre-Season Skills Training (free sessions)

Tuesday 13 February and Thursday 15 February: Pre-Season Skills Training (free sessions)

Tuesday 20 February and Thursday 22 February: Pre-Season Skills Training (free sessions)

Tuesday 27 February and Thursday 1 March Pre-Season Skills Training (free sessions)

Tuesday 6 March and Thursday 8 March: Pre-Season Skills Training (user-pays sessions)

Tuesday 13 March and Thursday 15 March: Pre-Season Skills Training (user-pays sessions)

Tuesday 20 March and Thursday 22 March: Pre-Season Skills Training (user-pays sessions)

Tuesday 27 March and Thursday 29 March: Pre-Season Skills Training (user-pays sessions)


Registration and Information Day. Date to be advised. Venue: Mandarin Centre Chatswood (11.30am to 3pm).

Thursday 15 March – Coach and Manager information evening at club sponsor The Great Northern Hotel 7.30pm to 9.00pm. To register click on the link:



Saturday 20 and 27 February – Skills Training Certificate (target age group 9-13 years).  Please direct any enquiries to technicaldirector@nsfa.asn.au or contact the Club.

Monday 1 March – Grassroots Coaching certificate (Target age group 5-9 years) – TBC

Sunday 18 March – Junior Registrations Close

Sunday 11, 18 and 25 March – MiniRoos (U6 to U11) Trial Matches planned (venues TBC but likely to be Thomson Park, Artarmon)

Saturday XX March – U6 Welcome to Football Day, St Ives Showground, 8am to 3pm

Competition Season (for a full list of dates please see the calendar on the NSFA website)


http://nsfa.asn.au/ (Competitions > Calendar)

Saturday 7 April – Junior Mixed and MiniRoos season commences. Junior Mixed U12 Grading Round 1.

Sunday 8 April – Girls Competition and Girls MiniRoos season commences.

Saturday 18 August – Gala Day for MiniRoos Mixed and MiniRoos Girls U6-U7; first week of finals series for Junior Mixed

Sunday 19 August – Gala Day for Girls Competition and MiniRoos Girls U8-U11; first week of finals series for Junior Mixed

Sunday 16 September – Chatswood Rangers Junior Football Presentation Day: The Big Day Out!

Friday 12, 19 and 26 October – 2019 Development Squad Trials (at Charles Bean Sports Field Lindfield; 6.30pm to 9.30pm)

Sunday 11 and 18 November – 2019 Girls Football “Diamond League” Trials (at Chatswood High School; 2pm to 6pm)


Girls Football

In 2018 the NSFA will run girls-only competitions in U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U14, U16 and U18. All girls-only competitions will be played on Sundays. Girls can choose to play in the Saturday mixed competition, the Sunday girl’s competition or both.

A GU6 and GU7 competition to be played on Sunday has also been proposed and is dependent on team nominations from clubs.


How Teams are Formed

Chatswood Rangers and the Northern Suburbs Football Association believes it is in the best interest of all players that, where possible, they play with and against players of similar ability, We therefore undertake varying degrees of player grading across our junior teams. In 2017 Chatswood Rangers will take the following approach to team formation:

Under 6 and 7 Teams typically formed on school and friendship groups
Under 8 and above An A team will be selected. Where player numbers  permit other teams will be formed on school and friendship groups


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When and where are weekend games played?

A: For the younger age groups (e.g. U6, U7, U8, U9) all games are played at grounds in the local area, with mixed team playing early on Saturday morning (typically 8.30am to 10.30am) and girls on Sunday at approximately the same times. For example games are played at Bales Park in Willoughby, Blackman Park in Lane Cove and Tunks Park in Cammeray. Older age groups usually play later in the morning, mostly in the local area however there may be some travel involved to clubs in the northern part of the association.

Q: Which night is training and what time does it start?

A: Training nights are largely determined by the team allocation, the availability of the volunteer coach (usually a parent) and the preference of the majority of the team. This is confirmed following the end of the registration and team allocation process, usually at the end of February.

MiniRoos teams  (U6 to U11) will be training on either Monday or Tuesday, depending on their team allocation.

Q: What if the training night does not suit?

A: If a player is not available to train on the night allocated due to another commitment, the player can switch to another team if there is space available and/or a player from that team is willing to swap.

If no alternative arrangement can be found a player can de-register and, if the registration fee has been paid, it will be refunded in full if requested prior to the start of the competition season.

Q: Do players need to attend training?

A: We strongly encourage all players to attend training as not only does it improve skills, combination with teammates and help to understand the coach’s approach and tactics, attending training is also an important part of showing good sportsmanship. Players should not just show up for games but also make a commitment to train, as every other player does.

However if there is a prior commitment or occasional absence from training that would not be an issue, although as a courtesy this should be discussed with the coach and/or manager of the team prior to training.

Q: Is the team uniform all a player needs?

A: No. All players will be required to purchase their own football boots and shinguards, which are available from major sporting goods stores (e.g. Rebel Sport in Chatswood Westfield, Kingsgrove Sports in Artarmon). Kingsgrove Sports will provide a 5% discount on all sporting goods (except team uniforms) to Chatswood Rangers members, although you will have to tell them first!

For safety and insurance purposes players are not permitted to take the field without shinguards being in place.

Q: Where can team uniforms be purchased from?

A: Starting in 2016, team uniforms can be purchased from Kingsgrove Sports.

Q: The registration fee seems high. What does it cover?

A: The registration fee covers player insurance, ground hire for training and competition matches, equipment, NSFA registration fees, professional coaching and club administration costs (e.g. the website). The vast majority of the fee basically covers the cost of each player participating in football.

Our fees compare very favourably with other local football clubs. The professional coaching is an added benefit that players do not have to pay any additional money for and is covered by the existing registration fee.

The NSW Government’s new Active Kids rebate program, launching on 31 January 2018, will enable families with school-aged children to apply for a $100 voucher for each child to reduce club registration fees.

If viewed over the 14 weeks of the competitive season in addition to pre-season training (from February to September) it is not particularly expensive on a cost-per-week basis.


Parent Involvement

Our Club is run by parent volunteers and everyone is expected to take on a role to help with the successful organisation of the teams or the Club itself. Involvement in junior sport is an extremely enjoyable and rewarding experience and we encourage you to join in and help. After all, many hands make light work!

To improve the structure and help with the organisation of the club we intend to introduce several new roles this season including age group managers and a girls football coordinator. As the Club continues to work to broaden the cultural diversity of the Chatswood Rangers playing base to better represent the demographics of the local area we will also be calling for volunteers to act as community liaison representatives. These initiatives will be outlined in a separate email.

Each team needs a coach and manager before the club can register it with the NSFA. The Club would highly recommend that in the U6/7 age group each team also has an assistant coach to help out on Saturdays, as managing two simultaneous games can be challenging.

Teams also require a referee. While you do not need formal qualifications to referee in the younger age groups, it is important that you have a clear understanding of the rules which may apply to the specific age group.

Welcome once again to the 2017 season of Chatswood Rangers.


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