Training & Development



ILC advise the Full Main Oval is unavailable on Monday afternoons for Terms 1 & 2, and Wednesday afternoons all year. The Stadium Oval may be booked any day. Coaches may only book times after normal classroom hours. Once your booking request is complete, ILC’s Business Office will review the booking and alert you of your status. The booking is not final until a confirmation email is received. If you have any questions or problems logging in, contact [email protected] or T: 5477 3431 during College business hours.



Club coaches are encouraged to contact SCCSA Coaching Director Neale Smith for assistance with club training. Neale’s expertise can greatly benefit coaches and players by making training more interesting with the development of skills and new activities.

Neale can run a training session (please give at least a weeks’ notice) to assist coaches, parents and players with the fundamentals of team training. CALL


Short one-day courses (9.00am-4.00pm) are conducted by Football Queensland within the Sunshine Coast area to help develop skill levels of players U6 to U17/18. Courses cost around $90.00 and are paid for by the Club. See ‘Club Contacts’ for an email address.

View details, venue and dates under the ‘Coaches’ tab on Football Queensland’s website, below. FOOTBALL QUEENSLAND




Click here for Roo Ball Rules : U6-U7-U8 Click here for Roo Ball Rules : U9-U10


Allocation of points for ages 11 (eleven) and upwards are: Win 3, Draw 1, Loss 0. There are no points for U6’s to U10’s because they play non-competitive Roo Ball.


Click here for SCCSA By-Laws SCCSA website and a copy of the Team Sheet Book which provides an overview of the season Match Play, SCCSA and the Associated Clubs.


Click here for an outline of current updates to Laws of the Game.


A player cannot play up more than one age division without prior, written permission from the Association. Coaches and managers should be aware of the physical limitations of young players playing in a higher age division. No male player may play down a division without prior, written permission from the Association.

This must be attached to the team sheet book. A player must be turning 10 (ten) or older to play in fixtures competitions. Girls are automatically allowed to play down one age division from their age group (see above list). “A” division players may not play down in a “B” division game in the same age group, or cross play. Players may play up an age (i.e. to assist a team with players out due to injury or sickness) and must play at least four fixtures, five maximum, in the same team to be eligible to play in the finals series for that team. However, a player may only play in a final series for one team i.e. cannot play in two sets of finals across two age groups. However, players that play in a higher age division six times must remain in that higher age division team for the remainder of the season.



The ideal outcome, in time, of all coaches and managers, is to have a competitive team with a level of play similar to that of any team within their respective roo-ball competition or their competitive A, B or C division team for U11 to U17/18.  This is undertaken by the Team (coaches, managers, parents and players) within the boundaries of the Club’s approach to soccer, please watch the video on the right for more information.

Football is a game of playing for possession of the ball and knowing how to get it back when possession is lost. This is the purpose for any sport whether it is water polo, basketball, netball, hockey or rugby. Possession of the ball creates a competitive team, as each player’s confidence, skills and teamwork improves when they have more time with the ball. What do we mean by playing for possession football? Watch Argentina playing for possession and especially listen to the commentary (midway) about how Argentina play and then watch Thailand play for possession. Possession creates opportunities. The ball moves up-field through each player position by passing, and most player energy is expended with the ball.  Watch the video below (orange & green strips), teamwork and player confidence builds when maintaining possession, everyone is involved. Teams slowly build on and support the skills and understanding around playing for possession from U6-U8 Rooball. By U9-U10 Rooball players and parents develop a good understanding of this teamwork approach to Football and support this as individual player and team confidence develops. By U11 full field competition, playing for possession, is how teams approach training, fixture games and sideline encouragement. Teams then move through the age-groups U11-U17/18 with this approach to the game and it is built on from season to season.


Obviously we don’t have possession all the time. Making a challenge to get the ball back is firstly about slowing down or bringing a player to a stop. Get within an arms length of the opposing player, on their left or right side, to force them away from their support. The opposing player will either try to beat the defence or pass to another team player.

Once the opposing player has slowed then make a strike to regain the ball or to force a rushed pass and an error. The opposing player will sense the defending player is serious and they will be more prone to making a mistake and to give up the ball. Watch this video for additional skills around getting the ball back.


Aside from the above options for improving skills, players with a good skill level (do not have to be in A Grade) can greatly improve by attending SCCSA Representative Trials (U10 & above) at the end of season during October. A try-out will convey the football practise and level of skill needed for representative selection. Obviously being selected will then lead to training with the representative team over the season and playing with that team at  various representative tournaments. For SCCSA representative details, refer online to the SCCSA News & Events Tab at

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