Our Football Program
ERFC is proud to offer football for girls, boys, women and men of all ages, from those playing at an elite level down to those who are less experienced. To find out more about our programs, select your area of interest below.
Our Spiderlings program is an entry level sports program for three and four year old boys and girls. Run at the same time as our Saturday SSF sessions, this program was spawned as a result of the many parent requests for younger siblings to have a program. 2011 saw the launch of the program and it has gone from strength to strength since. This season, 48 children are taking part.
Designed and conducted by an experienced coach (Coach Michael from Healthy Aussie Kids), Spiderlings' emphasis is on active, fun play while developing co-ordination and fundamental motor skills. The program also introduces children to formal, structured sports. Indeed, many of our Spiderlings graduate to Saturday SSF when they are old enough.
Spiderlings consists of a 30 minute session held on Saturday mornings during the football season. Though it is run by Coach Michael, some parent involvement is required once in a while. Groups are limited to 12 children. Children in this age group receive a Redbacks playing top but are not required wear shin pads or boots.
Due to parent feedback, we are offering two options in 2018:
- An 8 week program – this is ideal for children who are just starting out. At the end of the 8 week program, parents will have the option to enrol their child in another 8 weeks of the program.
- A 16 week program – this is the full program and is ideal for children who are returning to us following the 2017 program or for new children who are confident enough to complete the full program.
Based on previous years, this program is very popular and sells out quickly, so it is suggested you register early to secure your spot. Check our registration page for more information about how to register.
The full schedule of Spiderlings training dates can be downloaded using the button towards the bottom of this page.
For further information, email the program director via our contact page.
Our Saturday Small Sided Football program is designed for children turning 5, 6 or 7 during the calendar year. The aim of the program is two-fold – for your children to have a wonderful time learning the basics of the “beautiful game” and to become accustomed to a structured sporting environment.
A Saturday SSF session consists of a “skills” component and a “game” component. Designed with the FFA National Curriculum in mind, we begin our session with a 30 minute component of fun games that focus on a particular skill. These change from week to week and are appropriate for the age group.
Following the skills session, we play a small sided football game for 30 minutes. At this age level the format is a one-eighth sized pitch and 4 v 4 with no goal keeper. The games are low key but it is during this controlled competitive environment that our players can put into practice the skills they have been learning.
To facilitate the program, our main synthetic pitch is divided into 8 small grounds with small goals. On each pitch we run groups of 10 children. Each group is coached by (preferably) two parent coaches who receive training and guidance from our coaching director. The groups (in most cases) are all similar ages but we do move exceptional children to ensure their football experience is a positive one.
The program also produces a secondary benefit – for you as parents to be introduced to club sport and the Redbacks club culture. It is important for new parents to understand that the club is fundamentally volunteer run and our greatest strength is the breadth and depth of the fantastic volunteers who coach, organise and administer our club.
This program is very popular and the 140 places have sold out each year since 2012, so it is suggested you register early to secure your spot. Check our registration page for more information about how to register.
The full schedule of Saturday SSF training dates can be downloaded using the button towards the bottom of this page.
For further information, email the program director via our contact page.
At Eltham Redbacks FC we appreciate that the future of our club starts with the earliest age groups and we have invested heavily in developing a strong football program for our young members.
Small Sided Football is played up to the U11 age group (children turning 11 during the calendar year) with full-size games beginning at U12. The objective of small sided football is to maximise the amount of time each child has ‘on the ball’ and thus promote enjoyment and skill development. Games are played on Sunday (usually early) with a home and away fixture. There is no official “ladder” as the emphasis is on player development and not on winning.
ERFC places exacting standards on all our coaches. Every coach is appropriately qualified with overall guidance provided by our accredited Technical Director.
The football season commences in April and runs through to September. Trials for these age groups are critical as they help us place players in a team that is appropriate to their level of ability. Details about the trialling process including trial dates are released well ahead of the season. This program is very popular and sells out quickly, so it is suggested you register early to secure your spot. Check our registration page for more information about how to register.
Under 8 & Under 9
At the U8 and U9 age groups, teams of 7 children (6 + goalkeeper) play on a quarter pitch with modified goals. Players are graded according to their ability (Kangaroos, Wallabies & Joeys) to provide the best chance for individual growth. A home and away competition is played on Sunday morning with results not being recorded.
In 2016 ERFC fielded multiple teams (including a girls team in a separate girls competition) each with a squad size of roughly 10. Training took place on a Monday and Wednesday evenings and it is hoped that a similar set up will take place in 2017.
Under 10 & Under 11
At the U10 and U11 age groups, teams of 9 children (8 + goalkeeper) play on a half pitch with modified goals. Players are graded according to their ability (Kangaroos, Wallabies & Joeys) to provide the best chance for individual growth. A home and away competition is played on Sunday morning with results not being recorded.
In 2016 ERFC fielded multiple teams (including a girls team in a separate girls competition) each with a squad size of 12. Training took place on a Monday and Wednesday evening. Training took place on a Monday and Wednesday evenings and it is hoped that a similar set up will take place in 2017.
Eltham Redbacks FC takes great pride in our junior (U12-U18) program and believes it offers the best value for money in the region. The program is the culmination in 7 years of hard work, constant fine tuning and significant expansion in the financial commitment to our juniors’ development and our results in leagues at all levels and ages is reflective of our progress.
Our program is overseen by our full time accredited Technical Director. All of our coaches are qualified through the FFV’s accredited courses and follow our football curriculum which is based around the FFA’s National Curriculum.
At Eltham the focus is always on player education and growth in ability. We aim to develop players who draw on technical ability rather than size, strength or speed to beat an opponent. From this, the results will come.
The football season commences in April and runs through to September.
This program is very popular and limited places are available, so it is suggested you register early to secure your spot. Players must also attend trials in order to be selected. Trials for these age groups are critical as they help us place players in a team that is appropriate to their level of ability. Details about the trialling process including trial dates are released well ahead of the season.
Check our registration page for more information about how to register.
Our Senior Women were crowned champions of State League 2 in 2015, gaining promotion to State League 1 in 2016.
Eltham Redbacks provide an inclusive, team-focused environment and would love to hear from you!
Football (soccer) is one of the top three team sports played by girls and women throughout Australia and Eltham Redbacks are proud to have the biggest girls/women’s program in the North East region of Victoria. This means we have teams that cater for all ages and playing abilities with quality accredited coaches who are enthusiastic and committed. The coaches work in conjunction with the Redback’s Technical Director to administer the club’s football program which is based on the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) curriculum. This provides players with the support and resources to ensure they develop their skills, regardless of ability.
The Senior Women’s program currently comprises three teams playing in the Football Federation Victoria (FFV) State League 1 & Reserves (mainly U20 players) and State League 3 competitions respectively. The competition format sports an official home and away season between April and September each year.
Annually, the teams and Club support Pink Ribbon Day raising funds for breast cancer research and awareness by dedicating a home game to this worthwhile cause. Donning their customary pink ribbon uniform for the match and organising a few stalls, the women have raised in excess of $7,000 combined over several years and this local event continues to make an important contribution to the Cancer Council.
State League 1 and Reserves
Our State League 1 women play in a highly competitive league full of experienced players that want their skill and ability tested on a weekly basis. The team train strongly and are committed to bringing the best out of themselves as they represent the club. This team was promoted from State League 2 at the end of season 2015.
The team is complemented by our Reserves, an U20s development squad competing in a strong competition against similarly skilled young women. The team has a strong focus on developing and promoting youth with talent and is a launching pad to the State League 1 team.
State League 1 and Reserves train on Monday and Wednesday nights 7.00pm to 8.30pm. All home games are played on a Friday night at the club, while away games are played Sundays.
State League 3
Our State League 3 Women's team is one that encourages and supports newer players wanting to feel a part of a team, with a focus on being competitive in a social and fun environment.
State League 3 train at the Adventure Playground, Eltham on Monday (7.00pm) and Wednesday (7.30pm) and play their home matches on Sunday afternoon
If you are interested in joining one of these teams, please contact us via the contact form.
After winning three league titles (2014, 2016 and 2017) and achieving four consecutive promotions (2014-2017), our Senior Men will now compete in State League 2.
The Redbacks support a full range of senior men’s teams allowing men of all ages and skill-levels to compete at a level that suits them. Current Redbacks teams are:
- First team (State League 1 South/ East) – Coached by Paul Harris with assistance from Ryan Ollerton. This squad is for talented and committed players who wish to play in a highly competitive league against other high level teams.
- Reserves team (State League 1 South/ East Reserves) – Coached by Chris Mitrevski and largely made up of players under the age of 21. The team has a strong focus on developing and promoting youth with talent and is a launching pad to the State 1 team.
- Metropolitan League 3 North-West – Coached by Gary Frost and largely made up of players with previous playing experience. This team competes in a tough but social league.
- Metropolitan League 5 North-West – Coached by Rob Kovac and suited to players of all ages looking for a relaxed and friendly set up.
If you are interested in joining one of these teams or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via this contact form.
Big Kidz is a social 'kick about' for Over 35s who are not interested in playing in a full weekly FFV competition. The program involves only Eltham Redbacks members and continues all year round. It is a terrific way for Mums and Dads to maintain fitness and technique while life is too busy for any thing more.
Places: Generally no limit
Where: Eltham Redbacks Home Ground, Wattletree Rd, Eltham North
When: Social, generally weekday (Monday or Wednesday) from 8.30pm -10pm
Please use the website contact form to get in touch with any related inquiries.
We look forward to hearing from you!
For the last 5 years, Eltham Redbacks FC has run it's own Over 45s league that encourages older men (40 – 60) to engage in an appropriate, semi-competitive football program with a health and well-being focus. The league has proven to be very popular and has helped men of all ages get back into football and fitness.
Times: Program starting in April 2017 and finishing August 2017
Places: Generally no limit
Where: Most games and all training takes place at Eltham Redbacks hom ground on Wattletree Rd, Eltham North
When: Some Friday night and Saturday games, training on Wednesday nights
Uniform: Full uniform supplied. Boots and shin-pads need to be purchased.
If you are interested in joining one of these teams or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email the club secretary via the contact form.
We look forward to hearing from you!