Player Skills Assessment Policy
Our regional Association, the MWFA, operates a fully graded competition for players U12/W12 and above, with divisions of 8-12 teams, league tables and a grand final. Mosman Football Club is required to grade all teams that it enters into these MWFA competitions. The final divisions allocated by the MWFA can be different to those we request!
The national governing body, the FFA, has a set the following national program for junior games, that the MWFA has adopted:
- U6/7: 4-a-side
- U8/9: 7-a-side
- U10/11: 9-a-side
- U12 +: 11-a-side
We select the U12-U14 teams at our Skills Assessment/Trials in February. U15 and above are formed according to player numbers. We strongly encourage all players to attend Skills Assessment, but it is not compulsory to do so in order to play. The logistics for Skills Assessment will vary from year to year depending on the number of registrations and will be posted on the website. If we need to make adjustments after registration, the players involved who have registered will be contacted by email.
Teams will be finalised in late February/early March. As far as possible, where players have expressed a preference to play together, this will be accommodated, but this may be overruled by other considerations. All team selections are at the absolute discretion of Mosman FC, and we will refund registrations fully up to mid-March if players do not wish to play in the teams we select – but obviously we hope that this does not occur.
The team formation process will be done in two parts, both conducted in February:
- Skills Metrics. Firstly there will be metrics sessions made up of objective skills exercises which are taken from the FFA curriculum. The skills assessment team may also cross-check their assessments with available information on the player from the previous year. This process aims to be fair, well organised and conducted in a fun and positive environment for the players. At the end of the metrics sessions the coaching coordinators will collate the ratings of the players and select teams for the game play sessions of around half the group (taking into account player preferences for staying with friend vs playing in the highest possible team).
- Game Play. The second part of the process will involve game play so that the coaches can see how the players perform in actual games. Shortly after these games, the final squad selections will be decided.