Junior Player Development Policy



The Epping Football Club values the participation and development of junior players. We believe all players should be given equal opportunity to explore and develop their football careers, in a safe and friendly environment. The Coaching and Administration staff of the Epping Football Club adhere to the Club Policies and NFL Rules. Coaches at EFC are all AFL Level 1 Accredited and adhere to the Coaches Code Of Conduct.


Key Expectations And Differences By Age

Under 9

Enjoyment and fun

Teamwork and friendship

Skills and behaviours

Variety – maximum participation

Listening to instructions

Learning about the game


Under 10 – 12

Enjoyment and fun

Skills development


Variety – playing different roles and taking risks

Development above Winning


Under 13 – 14

Enjoyment and fun


Strategic team play

Introduction to more competitive playing

Introduction to specific roles


Under 15

Enjoyment and Fun

Beginning of transition to senior football

Increased expectation of personal responsibility

Focus on skills and fitness

Introduction to match based rotations


Under 17

Enjoyment and fun

Introduction of senior football approach and style

Increased senior involvement in development

Acceptance of Team-based decisions

High expectation of personal responsibility/leadership

High expectation of commitment to skills and fitness