Over 850 players catering for girls & boys either starting or high ability!

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Most progressive community club in the North East region

Recent articles

04 Apr 2016Shirt Presentation Day 2016 Uncategorized
29 Mar 2016Redbacks Partner with Melbourne City FC and Eltham College Uncategorized
19 Mar 2016Updated Training Schedule Uncategorized
17 Feb 2016Temporary Preseason Training Schedule Uncategorized
16 Feb 2016An Update on Trials and Registrations Uncategorized
23 Dec 20152016 Trials & Pre-season Club
27 Nov 20152016 Pre-Season Key Dates Club
23 Oct 20152015 President’s Report Club
18 Oct 20152015 Champions Club
24 Sep 2015Senior Men and Women Crowned Champions in 2015 Club

Shirt Presentation Day 2016

Lamo @ 5:00 pm April 4, 2016   Comments Off on Shirt Presentation Day 2016

Shirt Presentation Day for 2016 takes place this Saturday the 9th of April and this year we are taking it to the next level! The committee has worked hard to arrange bubble soccer, bouncing castles and other games (weather permitting) to appear alongside our usual program, starting from 11:30am and running through to the end of the day. Just buy your ride tickets at the ground on the day and get involved!


Of course, there will be football being played! As has been the case in previous years, the day doubles as the first home game for our State League 3 Senior Men and Reserves, meaning you can cheer on some of our most talented players as they begin their push for their third trophy in as many years. So bring the whole family and even your friends down, enjoy the festivities and stay to support the Senior Men from 3pm.

Presentation times for the teams are listed below:

Shirt Presentation Day Schedule

Do note that we expect parking on Shirt Presentation Day will be at an absolute premium so consider parking down at the Adventure Playground, car pool or leave the car at home altogether.

We’ll see you Saturday!

Redbacks Partner with Melbourne City FC and Eltham College

Ivan Dalla Costa @ 5:24 pm March 29, 2016   Comments Off on Redbacks Partner with Melbourne City FC and Eltham College

Eltham College and MLB City


In 2016, Eltham Redbacks FC will partner with A League Club Melbourne City FC and Eltham College to manage and operate our Spiderlings Program (for 3/4 year olds) and our Saturday SSF Program (for 5/6/7 year olds). This is an exciting development for the club in having all three organisations involved in the development of kids from a very young age.

Melbourne City FC will use their vast resources in developing a curriculum and training our coaches to deliver one of the best programs in the North East of Melbourne. The curriculum will be tailored for players of all abilities and focus on fun while developing their skills in a supportive, community-centric environment.

There are limited spaces for both of these exciting programs so we strongly encourage that you register now to be part of them. Click here for more information on each program or click here to register.




Updated Training Schedule

Lamo @ 3:08 pm March 19, 2016   Comments Off on Updated Training Schedule

Players and parents should take note of our updated training schedule below. This takes place from Monday the 21st of March.

Training allocation 2016 v1.2

Training allocation 2016 v1

This schedule should closely reflect the training times for the rest of the season for most of our teams. Discuss any changes with your team manager directly.

Temporary Preseason Training Schedule

Lamo @ 4:42 pm February 17, 2016   Comments Off on Temporary Preseason Training Schedule

Players and Parents,

Please make yourself familiar with the temporary preseason training schedule below which begins from Monday the 22nd of February.

The schedule is tight due to the need to share facilities with the North Eltham Wanderers Cricket Club and the Eltham Eagles over summer. It will be updated as soon as more pitch space becomes available.

Kind regards,

The committee

ERFC Pre-season Training Schedule 2016

An Update on Trials and Registrations

Lamo @ 9:38 pm February 16, 2016   Comments Off on An Update on Trials and Registrations

Trials – where to from here?

Over the last two and a half weeks, almost 600 junior and sub-junior players have attended trials for our 2016 teams in what is our biggest turnout to date. The club is delighted with the numbers and would like to thank the players and parents for their commitment. It all bodes well for the future. The now question is: where to from here?

Full preseason training will commence soon, starting from Monday the 22nd of February. A schedule will be released later this week.

The results of trials and the teams for season 2016 will also be announced in the coming days. We will do our best to contact unsuccessful players via email as quickly as we can in order to give them maximum time to find another club. This is a regrettable but necessary part of our preseason as our club is at capacity. Successful players will be email too with their team and coach information.


Of course, to be considered for a place in our teams, ALL PLAYERS NEED TO BE REGISTERED AND PAID BY THE END OF THIS WEEK (FRIDAY THE 19th OF FEBRUARY). Details about how to register are available here.

Should registration by Friday not be possible for you, we urge you to contact the relevant registrars whose details can be found here. Players who have not paid or contacted the registrars risk losing their position to players further down the list.



2016 Trials & Pre-season

Ivan Dalla Costa @ 2:39 pm December 23, 2015   Comments Off on 2016 Trials & Pre-season


Trials and grading for U8 to U16 for both girl’s and boy’s teams will commence Saturday 30th January 2016 and be conducted over a 3 week period. After the conclusion of the grading period, teams will commence pre-season training ready for the first match on Sunday 10th April.

It is important that players attend all 3 grading sessions in their correct age group , even if a player “played up” a year in 2015 . After the grading period, and at the sole discretion of the Technical Director and Vice President, we may invite players to play in an older age group.

Ensure you arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time and report to the registration tent. All players must wear boots, shin pads and bring a water bottle. It is advised to use sun screen and wear a cap.

Please click here for complete details on grading dates, times, venue and age groups

For all senior women and men’s teams including reserves and U18s, please click here for your pre-season details.

The Spiderling and Saturday program for U5/6/7 boys/girls will commence Saturday 30th April. Closer to the date we will communicate with all parents.

2016 Fee details will be communicated in the New Year with on-line registrations opening in January.

2016 Pre-Season Calender-1

2016 Pre-Season Key Dates

Ivan Dalla Costa @ 11:26 am November 27, 2015   Comments Off on 2016 Pre-Season Key Dates

Below are the Key Dates for 2016 Pre-season Calendar. Further information will be emailed to all existing players and parents and posted on Facebook and our web site. Check regularly for updates. All new players should attend trials or allocated pre-season training dates. New parents wanting to know about our club and football program should attend the Information Days.


  • Senior Men, Reserves & u18 Boys pre-season training commences Tuesday 19th January 2016 @ 7 pm at the Adventure Playground Wattletree Rd Eltham North
  • Senior Women and Reserves pre-season training commences Monday 1st February 2016 @ 7 pm at Eltham North Synthetic Pitch
  • Junior Girls and Boys u8 to u16 trials commence Saturday 30th January at the Eltham North Reserve Synthetic Pitch (more information will be emailed to players and posted on our web site)
  • Junior Girls and Boys u8 to u16 pre-season training will commence immediately after trials.
  • Metro Men’s Teams and WSL3 teams will commence pre-season the week beginning 8th Feb or earlier (more information will be emailed to players and posted on our web site)
  • Information Day for new players / members – 6th and 13th February – 10.30 am to 12 noon at Eltham North Synthetic Pitch
  • U5/6/7 Boys and Girls and Spiderling Program to commence Saturday 30th April (more information will be emailed to parents and posted on our web site)
  • Registrations will open December (more information will be emailed to parents and posted on our web site)


Need more information, click here to contact us.


2016 FFV Competitions Calendar with ERFC Activities-1

2015 President’s Report

Ivan Dalla Costa @ 5:31 pm October 23, 2015   Comments Off on 2015 President’s Report



The 2015 season has been another progressive year with many successes on and off the pitch and everyone needs to be congratulated.

The club continues to grow and are well positioned to be the premier football club in the North East region with over 850 members.

I want to take the opportunity to thank the committee for their tireless effort in 2015. You should pat yourself on the back for putting 850 players on the park each week, distributing 3,000 garments, recruiting and training 100 coaches/ TMs, organising over 1,000 matches, scheduling 3,000 training sessions and hosting over 20,000 people that frequent our club each year. And of course managing the expectations of all our sponsors, organising social events and working closely with the FFV, local and state governments on various projects to promote our club. This is on top of caring for individual needs of parents and players during the year. Exceptional job team!

So when you are next at the club, take the opportunity to thank these passionate and dedicated people that put in an extraordinary amount of time to make the club very successful. (Click here to get to know your Committee)

The highlights of the season for the club have been:

  • The ongoing success of the Saturday morning Spiderlings and Small Sided Football Program.
  • Re-launch of our Summer Academy program
  • Successful campaign by both the senior women and men in the knock-out cups and junior teams in various tournaments throughout the year
  • Senior men & women & U18 boys being crowned premiers for 2015.
  • The continued development of all the junior teams in all age groups.
  • Further development of the girls program with teams in all age groups and 2 under 9 teams.
  • The continued success of the over 45 league with 4 Eltham teams

Through the great support of our local state member Vicki Ward we have been able to embark on two major projects that will positively impact the Redbacks in coming years. The first is the redevelopment of our club rooms to cater for 850 members and ability to have multiple change rooms. We have commenced the feasibility study and have produced several concepts. Over the coming months I will be able to share more information which will include the need to raise funds to contribute towards the redevelopment. The second project is the St. Helena secondary college sport precinct project that includes the construction a synthetic pitch to be used by the Redbacks. The project has had its ‘kick off meeting’ and is up and running. They are now working through some data gathering for the design development phase before progressing to the construction tender. Work is expected to be completed by September 2016 at this stage. Club representatives are entrenched in both projects to ensure our interests are at the forefront of the working groups.

The club continues to implement the club’s 2011 – 2016 Strategic Plan with the key components being:

  • Improve the quality, depth & diversity of the football programs
  • Improve club infrastructure and access to the community
  • Improve club administration and communications
  • Develop a vibrant social program

In 2015 the club continued to make good progress against these strategies however there is always more work to do. The committee believe firmly in a strong integrated club and that success in junior program aids the senior programs and success in the senior programs aids the junior programs. (click here for the Strategic Plan)

The continued success of the club will not only be judged by the quality of the football programs but also how well the club is managed and provides an positive family friendly environment that everyone feels welcome.

I am also pleased our financial position continues to be profitable however the club continues to be under cost pressures in a number of areas which the committee is addressing.

Our focus on member protection and corporate governance has assured our processes and policies are well documented and provides members the surety of a well-managed club.

This year we recognise two outstanding individuals as life members. Ryan Adams and Phil David dedication and commitment spanning over a decade is why the club is held in high esteem by many. Their roles on the committee and the various projects will continue to have a life-long contribution which will be applauded for many years to come.

A special thanks go to all the volunteers – coaches, team managers, canteen staff and our duty manager. Without their support and ongoing commitment, the club would not have progressed as it has over the last 5 year.

Also a special thanks goes to our sponsors. With their support the club is able to invest into the football program that keeps us ahead of the rest. I strongly encourage you consider buying their products or use their services as a way to say thank-you for their on-going support. Pls refer to our sponsor page for their contact details. (Click here)

The committee has commenced planning for 2016 and will soon release further information about the 2016 football program including the coaching team for all age groups.

I wish you all the best for the remainder of 2015 and look forward to be your President in 2016.


Go Redbacks!

Ivan Dalla Costa

Club President.


2015 Champions

Pinky @ 4:14 pm October 18, 2015   Comments Off on 2015 Champions

Three club champions right here: SL4E FFV Golden Boot and FFV Referee’s B&F Abboud Dib, SL2NW FFV Golden Boot and FFV Referee’s B&F Keely Lockhart and SL4E FFV B&F Niamh Kearney. Awesome effort! Special mention to SL3 FFV B&F Runner-up Michelle Parker as well. Great seasons for this lot.


Senior Men and Women Crowned Champions in 2015

Ivan Dalla Costa @ 4:33 pm September 24, 2015   Comments Off on Senior Men and Women Crowned Champions in 2015

Bang!! – Double header – Both senior men and women were crowned champions in 2015 and will be promoted in 2016. The senior women will play in State League 1 and the senor men in State League 3!

2015 Champions Men



2015 Champions











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