Girls' Football

The 2017 season will be our fifth year involved in girls’ football and we will be fielding Under 10, 12, 14 and 16 teams in the South Metro Junior Football League.

Our focus is on having fun, developing new skills, making new friends and enjoying the great game of football in a supportive environment.

So, whether you have played before or looking to play football for the first time, our family and community minded club can cater for you.

If you have any questions please contact our Girls Football Coordinator Scott Adams via 0417 316 894 or girlsfootball@wphawks.org.au 

 

Pre-Season Skills Development Sessions

We will be running a series of FREE Skills Development sessions on Monday nights in February and March at Brandon Park Primary School for girls aged 7 to 16.

Further Information

For further information, contact our Girls Football Coordinator Scott Adams via 0417 316 894 or girlsfootball@wphawks.org.au or check out the FAQs below. 


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What girls’ only age groups do you have?

In 2017 our club will have  U10s, U12s, U14s & U16s all competing in the SMJFL girls' only competitions.

How old do I need to be to play?

A player will need to have turned at least 7 years old by the 30th of April 2017 to be eligible to register with our club.

The dates to determine what age group a player is eligible to play are as follows:

U10 – Born on or after 1st January 2007

U12 – Born on or after 1st January 2005

U14 – Born on or after 1st January 2003

U16 – Born on or after 1st January 2001 Youth Girls –Born on or after 1st January 1999

Do I have to have played Auskick before?

There is no requirement to have participated in Auskick before joining one of our club's teams.

How much does it cost & how do I register?

$120 to join any of our girls' only teams.

Where do games get played?

Teams will play around half of their games at one of our home grounds and the other half at opponent’s grounds. Our home grounds aree at Columbia Park and Lum Reserve (West)

What time will games be played?

Generally speaking, the younger the age group the earlier the games but this really depends on what other clubs request at the start of the season.

How long do games go for?

This varies depending on age groups:

U10 = 4 x 10 minute quarters

U12 = 4 x 12 minute quarters

U14 & U16 = 4 x 15 minute quarters

When do games get played?

The majority of games are played on Sundays throughout the season. Occasionally an opposition club may request a night game on a weeknight but this needs to be agreed to by both clubs.

When does the season start?

Season dates are as follows:

 

Will there be scoring and finals?

U10 girls’ games will be not have scoring or finals as the focus is on learning the game and getting as many touches of the football as possible. Rather than playing a final series the U10 girls will play in a round robin event at the end of the season known as a Lightning Carnival.

Under 12s, U14s, & U16s will all record scores and play in finals at the end of the season.

Where and when will training be held?

Our girls teams will be training on Thursday nights at either Columbia Park or Lum Reserve (West).

U10 & U12s: 5:00-6:00pm

U14 & U16s: 5:30 - 6:30pm

Footy can be a physical game, are there many injuries in the girls’ competition?

There is no doubt that football can be a physical game which is why different age groups play with different modified rules to suit the different stages of development. As with any physical activity, there are no guarantees that injuries won’t occur.

What exactly are the modified rules?

The following table shows several rule modifications and how they apply to each age group:

Can I play with the boys in a mixed team if I want to?

Girls can play in mixed teams with the boys up to and including U14s. After this time, girls must play in girls only competitions.

What is the pathway for girls if they want to keep playing as they get older?

Girls’/women’s football is the fastest growing area of AFL football in the country. There are many senior football teams throughout Victoria that a player may choose to play with once they’ve finished in the Youth Girls competition.

In addition to the above, there are various elite pathways and training programs available from U15s right through to open age including the new AFL Women’s competition.

 

 

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