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Dedicated volunteers who formed the Gisborne Junior Soccer Club introduced soccer in the Gisborne area in 1998 in the VSF ‘Goalkick’ Program, a program designed to develop and provide opportunities for players aged between 5 years and 10 years. There were 38 players entered in the program.

In 2001, following the increase in participation on the Goalkick program, the soccer club joined the Victorian Soccer Federation and entered three teams. The club also conducted an indoor soccer league at the Gisborne High School for U14 to U18 players.

In 2003, the first all girl team was introduced with nine teams being entered in Victorian Soccer Federation competitions, including our first junior girls team.

By 2005 numbers were again increased and 15 teams were entered in Victorian Soccer Federation competitions including three girl teams and an Under 18 boy’s team. The Under 18 boy’s team competed favourably with the ‘giants’ of the State League such as Green Gully, Melbourne Knights etc.

2006 saw a slight reduction in the number of teams entered (11 teams), as older players started moving to clubs which fielded senior sides.  This however did not affect the quality of soccer being played as in 2007 four of our 12 teams (U11, U15, U18 Boys & U18 Girls) were runners up in their respectrive leagues, the highest any team had finished at the club to date.

2008 gave the Club it's first silverware, as the U13's & U14's were both crowned champions and promoted in their leagues.

2009 & 2010 saw numbers again dwindle to only being able to field eight teams, the lowest number since 2002. This was due mainly to olders boys leaving for other clubs in search of senior games, the oldest age group for boys in 2009 was U15's, then U16's in 2010.  The shinning light of 2010 was the U12's who finished runners up and won promotion.

In 2011 we moved into a new era. We established ourselves as a Senior club as well as a Junior club by entering teams in the Men and Women’s competition for the first time. Our Senior Mens won the Championship in their first season.  Numbers were only slightly increased, with nine teams entered into competitions.  A Monday afternoon programme was established for younger kids to join the Club without taking part in official FFV competitions.

2012 saw Gisborne Soccer Club record it's highest membership number and was able to field 13 teams, our second highest number in our short history.  The Monday Afternoon programme grew, boys U18's were back for the first time since 2007, we were also proud to field our first ever sub-junior girls team.  The Senior Womens fielded two teams for the first time, with the West division having success finishing Runner-Up.

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By The Numbers

Year Teams  
1998 0 'Goalkick' with 38 players
2001 3** 3 boys teams + 'Goalkick'
2003 9** 8 boys* + 1 girls
2005 15** 12 boys* + 3 girls

2006

11

9 boys*: U8, U9, U10(2), U11, U12, U14, U16, U18
2 girls: U14, U16

2007
12
10 boys*: U9, U10(2), U11(2), U12(2), U13, U15, U18
2 girls: U15, U18
2008
10
8 boys*: U9, U10, U11, U12(2), U13, U14, U16
2 girls: U16, U18
2009
8
7 boys*: U10(3), U11, U13, U14, U15
1 girls: U18
2010 8 7 boys*: U9, U11(2), U12, U14, U16(2)
1 girls: U18
2011 9

8 male*: U9(2), U11, U12, U13, U16, Senior Men(2)
1 female: Senior Women

2012 13

10 male*: U8, U9(3), U10, U12, U12, U18, Senior Men (3)
3 female: U9, Senior Women(2)

2013 12

8 male*: U8, U9, U10, U11, U13, U14, Senior Men(2)
4 female: U9, U11, Senior Women(2)

2016 19**

14 male: U8(2), U9, U10(2), U11, U12(2), U13, U14(2), Senior Men(3)
5 female: U9, U10, U12, U16, Senior Women

382 players**

*includes mixed boys & girls team up to U14. 2015 onwards saw enough players for girls and boys only teams
**Club record (at that point in time)

 

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Our Committee Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month, 7:00pm at Dixon Field.