At WPFC, we focus on the correct allocation of players to teams according to ability and interest. Players benefit from the provision of improved team coaching through our Coach Education Programs and opportunities for specialised coaching through the Technical Training Program.
The key outcomes which WPFC provides are:
- a “soft grading” process for our Under 7 players;
- full grading opportunities for players in the U8 – U13 age groups;
- establishing two graded teams in each age group;
- supporting “play with requests” outside the graded team selections; and
- establishing our teams so the skill range among players in a team is within an appropriate band.
You can review the club's grading process by clicking here.
WPFC also has a strong focus on grassroots coach education for our volunteer coaches. This results in better skill development for all junior players. Coach Education Programs, fully funded by the Club, are offered to our coaches both in pre-season and during the season.
Our independent Grading Assessor
We are delighted to announce that Former WPFC Junior and Manly United National Premier League (1st Grade) player Rhys Williams (is Rhys still the grader) has been appointed again as our independent Grading Assessor for this year.
Team Allocation and Grading Sessions (TAGS)
All junior players (except Under 6 & Under 7) are required to attend Team Allocation & Grading Sessions (TAGS). Dates and times will be confirmed in early January.
This is required so that we can assess the entire team, and then recommend the appropriate division for the team to be placed in. Eve if you already know who you are playing with, please attend the Team Allocation session as it’s an important way for us to determine the best division for your team.
IMPORTANT:- Studded football boots are NOT ALLOWED at these sessions due to council requirements
Please refer to the Calendar tab on the Club website for the current dates and times for grading.
Players must be registered in advance of TAGS to ensure that we can be organised with exercises and can plan numbers of teams.
Please refer to our Training and Playing Policy here.
Participants are required to check in at the registration desk on grading day, the desk will be open from 30 minutes before your session commences. Please ensure that you arrive in plenty of time to register.
Attending TAGS is an important aspect of the team allocation process. We strongly encourage all players to attend both these sessions. We appreciate however that this is not possible for everybody. In those circumstances, you should certainly make every effort to attend at least one of the nominated sessions for your age group.
Most importantly, if you will be absent from one of the nominated sessions, we ask that notify the Age Manager (via the Club website) in advance. With almost 350 players in the U8 - U13 age groups, this allows us to plan and conduct the sessions more effectively, making sure everybody is considered.
Do I need to be registered before the Team Allocation and Grading Sessions?
Yes, you must be registered before the sessions in order to participate in TAGS .
When will I find out about my team?
The Team Allocation and Grading Sessions are expected to be concluded with team allocation finalised by 1 March. We anticipate that the team allocations will be released by the Age Managers by mid March. Even if you have attended TAGS, you cannot be allocated to a team until you have paid your Registration Fees.
Following announcement of the team allocations, each team will be required to nominate a Coach and Manager. The Coach and Manager will liaise with the Age Manager to secure training venues and timeslots
Where do I find out more important info about TAGS?
Please also watch-out for further emails on TAGS and contact your Age Manager if you have specific queries or concerns.
When does the season commence?
The first round of competition matches commences in early April (Saturday’s for for mixed junior and Sunday’s for junior girls). Miniroos also starts this weekend