What is the difference between the Red Devils Football Academy and Marrickville Football Club?

Red Devils Football Academy is a high-level football training club which offers children the opportunity to trial for a position on one of our elite teams.

We also offer a number of additional services such as our Little Devils program for preschoolers, skills sessions, holiday camps and one-on-one training which are all open to everyone.

The Marrickville Football Club is a vibrant grassroots club which offers anyone who wants to play football with the ability to do so. The MFC fields teams at every age from 6 years through to adults and at any skill level.

The Academy has a close relationship with MFC and our teams play within the Canterbury District Soccer Football Association.

In addition Ben Burrows the Director of the Academy is also the Director of coaching at MFC and is closely involved in the day to day running of the club.

Which one is right for my child?

This entirely depends on the age and interest of your child. Preschoolers are welcome to join the Academy’s Little Devils program; from there we encourage children into MFC, small-sided games.

Academy training starts at U8. If your child is serious about football and wants to trial for a spot on one of our teams we would strongly encourage he/she to do so.

If however, your child likes soccer but is keen to play in a team with school friends then a spot on one of the MFC’s teams might be more suitable.

How can I pay for programs?

Simply visit the pay online page of our website to book and pay for any of the programs offered by the RDFA.

Does my child need to trial for academy training?

All children who want to play in the Academy’s Season Teams must trial for their position. However we offer a number of programs for children who don’t make the Academy Season Team, including our skill sessions, holiday camps, one on one or small group session and off-season programs.

In addition our close relationship with MFC means there are a wide variety of options available to kids who don’t make an elite team and we will do everything we can to get your child out on the pitch no matter what their age or ability.

How competitive is it?

We aim to make all of our training sessions and games fun and highly supportive learning environments. Our goal first and foremost is to give every child a love for football and an enthusiasm for getting out there and giving it a go.

To this end we do not focus on the competitive side of football until children are older. In our younger teams we don’t keep scores and there are no league tables. Players, typically keep count however we acknowledge them for their effort and enthusiasm plus focus on developing the individual skills and talents of each child.

In our opinion taking the pressure of winning out of the equation leads to greater performance all round.

In the event of wet weather, what procedures are taken?

Training happens regardless of the weather. If the weather is extreme please check our website and/or Facebook page.

Is it compulsory to wear the Academy uniform during elite team training?

Yes. Academy training gear must be worn at training. No other shirts are acceptable and players who do not wear the correct gear you will not be permitted to train.

Players must have their Academy bag at all training sessions, inclusive of their jacket, ball and drink.

For our other programs an academy uniform is not compulsory.

Is it possible to register late for a program?

Yes it is possible dependent on the date and time. Please contact the office for further details on 0420201020


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