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East Bentleigh Soccer Club offers both male and female soccer in the following competitions.

Please click on the applicable age group below for further information.

If you still have questions after reading the below information, please email or call.

Email: information@eastbentleighsc.com

Mobile: 0449 149 007

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MiniRoos Kick-Off Program (4 to 6-year-old boys & girls)

MiniRoos Kick-off is a fun skills training program for children aged between 4-6 years old. The program is designed to accommodate all skill and ability levels and is carefully planned and tailored for age specific development to progressively scale a child's growth over the course of the season.

 

What are the benefits of signing up your child to the MiniRoos Kick-Off program?

Make new friends and develop social skills.

Develop values of team work, co-operation, fair play, and respect for others.

Develop a child's ability to make quick decisions and improve reaction time.

Keep healthy by getting active.

 

How does it work?

Sessions are for approx 50 minutes on Saturday mornings. There are three sessions each Saturday:

9am for Girls only

10am for Boys & Girls aged 4 to 5

11am for Boys & Girls aged 5 to 6


Training sessions are facilitated by Kano Football academy.

Our training program is focused on teaching the 4 basic skills (striking the ball, running with the ball, 1 V 1 and first touch).

Children are guided and encouraged by professionally qualified coaches. They will learn basic skills through simple drills & small sided games. There is no team based competition against opposition clubs.

Parents can stand on the sidelines & watch or grab a coffee or snack from our canteen.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Training Sessions: All sessions are held on Saturday mornings at our home ground (Bailey Reserve)

Training Commencement: April

Program Duration: 18 weeks commencing from mid to late April until early September

Uniform/Equipment: Players must purchase their own shin guards and football boots. Player uniforms are included in the registration fee and are supplied by the Club.

Grading: Not applicable

Friendship Requests: Yes - Please refer to our policy

Registrations Fees: Please visit our fees page

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U7 Boys & Girls

Our U7 program is an introduction to the sport. It is a beginner program designed to accommodate all skill and ability levels.

The sole purpose and focus for U7s is learning, development, fun and social interaction.

As per the FFA curriculum, skill acquisition in a small sided format is the key focus for this age group.

Our training program is focused on teaching the 4 basic skills (striking the ball, running with the ball, 1 V 1 and first touch).

Training sessions are facilitated by Kano Football academy.

Most clubs have volunteer parents coaching their U7s. We have opted for a different approach by partnering with Kano Football academy to ensure our players learn the fundamentals from qualified and experienced coaches.

Kano Football academy work with our players and coaches over the course of the season in a tailored 18-week program.


Frequently Asked Questions

League: Our teams participate in the Bayside U7s League playing against teams from Brighton, Sandringham, Beaumaris, Hampton and Bayside Argonauts. 

Game Day: Matches are played on Saturday morning at 9am

Is Travel Required: Yes, all teams play home and away matches on alternating weeks.

Pitch Size: Small sided format (30m x 20m pitch)

Playing Format: 5v5 – no goal keepers

Team Size: 10 to 14 players per squad. On game days, squads are divided in half, forming 2 teams of 5 players each.

Training Commitment: 1 x 60-minute session per week from 5pm-6pm on Monday

Training Commencement: April

Season Duration: 18 weeks commencing from mid to late April until early September

Uniform/Equipment: Players must purchase their own shin guards and football boots. Player uniforms are included in the registration fee and are supplied by the Club.

Grading: Not applicable

Friendship Requests: Yes - Please refer to our policy

Registrations Fees: Please visit our fees page

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U8 & U9 Boys & Girls

The sole purpose and focus for U8s and U9s is learning, development, fun and social interaction.

As per the FFA curriculum, skill acquisition in a small sided format is the key focus for this age group.

Our coaches focus on teaching the 4 basic skills (striking the ball, running with the ball, 1 V 1 and first touch).

Match day results are not recorded and there are no points or ladders.

Given that players learn and develop at their own pace, we introduce grading in U8s/U9s and players are assessed and allocated to a team which best fits their level of skill and development needs.

Grading outcomes are Kangaroos (advanced), Wallabies (intermediate) or Joeys (beginner). The majority of players are assessed as Wallabies and Joeys so we strongly encourage parents not to become too preoccupied with grading assessments. Participation at the right level is paramount to development. 

Training sessions are facilitated by volunteer coaches.

The majority of coaches at our Club are parent volunteers. In some instances, they may be former or current players or coaches of other sports. All coaches are strongly encouraged to complete an FV/FFA accredited coaching course for their relevant age group. The Club runs in-house coaching workshops and supports all coaches through a dedicated development program.

In addition, Kano Football academy work with our players and coaches over the course of the season in a tailored 4-week program.

It is a mandatory requirement for all coaches to complete a Working with Children check.


Frequently Asked Questions

League: Our teams participate in Football Victoria’s South & East divisions playing against teams from the bayside and peninsula municipalities. 

Game Day (Boys): Matches are played on Saturday morning between 9am and 12pm.

Game Day (Girls): Matches are played on Sunday morning between 9am and 12pm.

Is Travel Required: Yes, all teams play home and away matches on alternating weeks.

Pitch Size: Small sided format (quarter pitch)

Playing Format: 7v7 – including goal keepers

Team Size: Up to 10 players per squad

Training Commitment (Boys & Girls): 1 x 60-minute session per week from 6pm-7pm on Monday

Training Commencement: April

Season Duration: 18 weeks commencing from mid to late April until early September

Uniform/Equipment: Players must purchase their own shin guards and football boots. Player uniforms are included in the registration fee and are supplied by the Club.

Grading: Yes - Please refer to our policy

Friendship Requests: Yes - Please refer to our policy

Registrations Fees: Please visit our fees page

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U10 & U11 Boys & Girls

The sole purpose and focus for U10s and U11s is learning, development, fun and social interaction.

As per the FFA curriculum, skill acquisition in a small sided format is the key focus for this age group.

Our coaches focus on teaching the 4 basic skills (striking the ball, running with the ball, 1 V 1 and first touch).

Match day results are not recorded and there are no points or ladders.

Given that players learn and develop at their own pace, we continue with grading in U10s/U11s. Players are assessed and allocated to a team which best fits their level of skill and development needs.

Grading outcomes are Kangaroos (advanced), Wallabies (intermediate) or Joeys (beginner). The majority of players are assessed as Wallabies and Joeys so we strongly encourage parents not to become too preoccupied with grading assessments. Participation at the right level is paramount to development. 

Training sessions are facilitated by volunteer coaches.

The majority of coaches at our Club are parent volunteers. In some instances, they may be former or current players or coaches of other sports. All coaches are strongly encouraged to complete an FV/FFA accredited coaching course for their relevant age group. The Club runs in-house coaching workshops and supports all coaches through a dedicated development program.

In addition, Future Football academy work with our players and coaches over the course of the season in a tailored 3-week program.

It is a mandatory requirement for all coaches to complete a Working with Children check.


Frequently Asked Questions

League: Our teams participate in Football Victoria’s South & East division playing against teams from the bayside and peninsula municipalities. 

Game Day (Boys): Matches are played on Saturday between 9am and 1pm.

Game Day (Girls): Matches are played on Sunday between 9am and 1pm.

Is Travel Required: Yes, all teams play home and away matches on alternating weeks.

Pitch Size: Small sided format (half pitch)

Playing Format: 9v9 – including goal keepers

Team Size: Up to 13 players per squad

Training Commitment (Boys & Girls): 1 x 90-minute session per week from 6pm-7.30pm on Wednesday. Kangaroo squads have the option of an additional training session on Monday nights.

Training Commencement: April

Season Duration: 18 weeks commencing from mid to late April until early September

Uniform/Equipment: Players must purchase their own shin guards and football boots. Player uniforms are included in the registration fee and are supplied by the Club.

Grading: Yes - Please refer to our policy

Friendship Requests: Yes - Please refer to our policy

Registrations Fees: Please visit our fees page

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U12 & U13 Boys & Girls

The focus for U12s and U13s is learning, development, fun and social interaction.

As per the FFA curriculum, skill acquisition in a small sided format is the key focus for this age group.

Our coaches focus on teaching the 4 basic skills (striking the ball, running with the ball, 1 V 1 and first touch) while also introducing positional play and team structures.

Match day results are recorded and competition points and ladders are maintained.

Given that players learn and develop at their own pace, we continue with grading in U12s/U13s. Players are assessed and allocated to a team which best fits their level of skill and development needs.

Grading outcomes are Kangaroos (advanced), Wallabies (intermediate) or Joeys (beginner). The majority of players are assessed as Wallabies and Joeys so we strongly encourage parents not to become too preoccupied with grading assessments. Participation at the right level is paramount to development. 

Training sessions are facilitated by volunteer coaches.

The majority of coaches at our Club are parent volunteers. In some instances, they may be former or current players or coaches of other sports. All coaches are strongly encouraged to complete an FV/FFA accredited coaching course for their relevant age group. The Club runs in-house coaching workshops and supports all coaches through a dedicated development program.

In addition, Future Football academy work with our players and coaches over the course of the season in a tailored 3-week program.

The Club also offers an 8-week goalkeeper training program.

It is a mandatory requirement for all coaches to complete a Working with Children check.


Frequently Asked Questions

League: Our teams participate in Football Victoria’s South & East divisions playing against teams from the bayside and peninsula municipalities. 

Game Day (U12 Boys): Matches are played on Saturday between 9am and 2pm.

Game Day (U13 Boys): Matches are played on Sunday between 9am and 2pm.

Game Day (U12 & U13 Girls): Matches are played on Sunday between 9am and 2pm.

Is Travel Required: Yes, all teams play home and away matches on alternating weeks.

Pitch Size: Small sided format (half pitch)

Playing Format: 9v9 – including goal keepers

Team Size: Up to 13 players per squad

Training Commitment (U12 Boys & Girls): 2 x 90-minute sessions per week from 6pm-7.30pm on Monday and Wednesday.

Training Commitment (Boys & Girls): 2 x 90-minute sessions per week from 6pm-7.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

Training Commencement: April

Season Duration: 18 weeks commencing from mid to late April until early September

Uniform/Equipment: Players must purchase their own shin guards and football boots. Player uniforms are included in the registration fee and are supplied by the Club.

Grading: Yes - Please refer to our policy

Friendship Requests: Yes - Please refer to our policy

Registrations Fees: Please visit our fees page

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U14 - U18 Boys & Girls

The focus for U14s and above shifts to preparing players for senior football by teaching them to apply the functional game skills in a team setting using 1-4-3-3 as the preferred formation in conjunction with developing tactical awareness, perception and decision-making through a game-related approach to training.

As per the FFA curriculum, our coaches focus on the game training phase for this age group.

Match day results are recorded and competition points and ladders are maintained.

Given that players learn and develop at their own pace, we continue with grading in these age groups. Players are assessed and allocated to a team which best fits their level of skill and development needs.

Grading outcomes are A & B (advanced & intermediate), C, D & E (intermediate & beginner). We strongly encourage parents not to become too preoccupied with grading assessments. Participation at the right level is paramount to development. 

Training sessions are facilitated by volunteer coaches.

The majority of coaches at our Club are parent volunteers. In some instances, they may be former or current players or coaches of other sports. All coaches are strongly encouraged to complete an FV/FFA accredited coaching course for their relevant age group. The Club runs in-house coaching workshops and supports all coaches through a dedicated development program.

In addition, Future Football academy work with our players and coaches over the course of the season in a tailored 3-week program.

The Club also offers an 8-week goalkeeper training program.

It is a mandatory requirement for all coaches to complete a Working with Children check.


Frequently Asked Questions

League: Our teams participate in Football Victoria’s South & East divisions playing against teams from the bayside and peninsula municipalities. 

Game Day (U14 - U18 Boys & Girls): Matches are played on Sunday between 9am and 3pm.

Is Travel Required: Yes, all teams play home and away matches on alternating weeks.

Pitch Size: Full size pitch

Playing Format: 11v11 – including goal keepers

Team Size: Up to 16 players per squad

Training Commitment (Boys & Girls): 2 x 90-minute sessions per week from 6pm-7.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Boys in U16s and above may be required to train from 7.30pm-9pm pending ground availability.

Training Commencement: March

Season Duration: 18 weeks commencing from mid to late April until early September

Uniform/Equipment: Players must purchase their own shin guards and football boots. Player uniforms are included in the registration fee and are supplied by the Club.

Grading: Yes - Please refer to our policy

Friendship Requests: No - Please refer to our policy

Registrations Fees: Please visit our fees page

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Senior Men

Head Senior Coach: Jason Hart

Reserves Coach: Danny Innes

Seniors Technical Director & Goalkeeper Coach: Sam Mavraganis

League: Victoria State League 4

Division: Football Victoria East


Frequently Asked Questions

Game Day: Saturday afternoon, 1pm Reserves & 3pm Seniors

Is Travel Required: Yes, all teams play home and away matches on alternating weeks.

Pitch Size: Full size pitch

Playing Format: 11v11 – including goal keepers

Team Size: Up to 16 players per squad

Training Commitment: 2 x 90-minute sessions per week from 7.30pm-9pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

Training Commencement: November

Season Duration: 22 weeks commencing from March to early September

Uniform/Equipment: Players must purchase their own shin guards and football boots. Player uniforms are included in the registration fee and are supplied by the Club.

Trials: Yes – Trials commence in late January and conclude early February

Registrations Fees: Please visit our fees page

Please note that we do not pay players to play for the Club.


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Senior Women

Senior Coach: John Romero

League: Victoria State League 4

Division: Football Victoria East

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Game Day: Sunday afternoon at 3pm

Is Travel Required: Yes, all teams play home and away matches on alternating weeks.

Pitch Size: Full size pitch

Playing Format: 11v11 – including goal keepers

Team Size: Up to 16 players per squad

Training Commitment: 2 x 90-minute sessions per week from 6pm-7.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

Training Commencement: March

Season Duration: 18 weeks commencing from April to early September

Uniform/Equipment: Players must purchase their own shin guards and football boots. Player uniforms are included in the registration fee and are supplied by the Club.

Trials: Yes – February/March

Registrations Fees: Please visit our fees page

Please note that we do not pay players to play for the Club.


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Mens Metropolitan Seniors

Coach: Matt Hodgkinson

League: Metropolitan League 3

Division: Football Victoria South-East

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Game Day: Sunday afternoon at 3pm

Is Travel Required: Yes, all teams play home and away matches on alternating weeks.

Pitch Size: Full size pitch

Playing Format: 11v11 – including goal keepers

Team Size: Up to 16 players per squad

Training Commitment: 2 x 90-minute sessions per week from 7.30pm-9pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

Training Commencement: March

Season Duration: 18 weeks commencing from April to early September

Uniform/Equipment: Players must purchase their own shin guards and football boots. Player uniforms are included in the registration fee and are supplied by the Club.

Trials: Yes – February/March

Registrations Fees: Please visit our fees page


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U20s Development Squad

Coach: Mark Smit

League: Metropolitan League 5

Division: Football Victoria South-East

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Game Day: Sunday afternoon at 3pm

Is Travel Required: Yes, all teams play home and away matches on alternating weeks.

Pitch Size: Full size pitch

Playing Format: 11v11 – including goal keepers

Team Size: Up to 16 players per squad

Training Commitment: 2 x 90-minute sessions per week from 7.30pm-9pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

Training Commencement: March

Season Duration: 18 weeks commencing from April to early September

Uniform/Equipment: Players must purchase their own shin guards and football boots. Player uniforms are included in the registration fee and are supplied by the Club.

Trials: Yes – February/March

Registrations Fees: Please visit our fees page


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Mens Masters Over 35s

Coach: Cameron Ross

League: Bayside Football Association

Division: Over35s Division One

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Game Day: Friday nights

Is Travel Required: Yes, all teams play home and away matches on alternating weeks.

Pitch Size: Full size pitch

Playing Format: 11v11 – including goal keepers

Team Size: Up to 16 players per squad

Training Commitment: 1 x 90-minute session per week from 7.30pm-9pm on Wednesday.

Training Commencement: March

Season Duration: 18 weeks commencing from April to early September

Uniform/Equipment: Players must purchase their own shin guards and football boots. Player uniforms are included in the registration fee and are supplied by the Club.

Trials: N/A

Registrations Fees: Please visit our fees page


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Mens Masters Over 45s

Coach: Alex Yianni

League: Melbourne Legends Football

Division: Over45s Division Two

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Game Day: Saturday or Sunday afternoon and Monday nights

Is Travel Required: Yes, all teams play home and away matches on alternating weeks.

Pitch Size: Full size pitch

Playing Format: 11v11 – including goal keepers

Team Size: Up to 16 players per squad

Training Commitment: 1 x 60-minute session per week from 7.15pm-8.15pm on Wednesday.

Training Commencement: March

Season Duration: 18 weeks commencing from April to early September

Uniform/Equipment: Players must purchase their own shin guards and football boots. Player uniforms are included in the registration fee and are supplied by the Club.

Trials: N/A

Registrations Fees: Please visit our fees page


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