Policy Summary:

The Club believes that playing football with similarly skilled players maximises a player’s enjoyment of the game and their development potential. 

Players wishing to play in the 8s-18s age groups shall be graded into teams based on ability level as decided by the Technical Coaching team and the VP Coaching and Development. 

Returning Subiaco AFC players in the 9s-18s age group are only required to attend grading if they wish to be considered for an Academy team or reassessed.

Players in the 5s – 7s age group will be coordinated into teams according to parental assistance, school relationships, friends, requests at registration, and coach availability.  There is no grading for 5s-7s players.

Why do we grade?
Subiaco AFC grades players participating in the 8s League and older as we believe that playing football with similarly skilled players maximises not only their enjoyment of the game but also their development potential.

We are a community based, grass roots Club, which provides an excellent opportunity for children to play football and get to know others in their community, not just their school friends. Friend requests are a secondary consideration when allocating players to a team.

The Details
The Technical Coaching Team (Prof Adi Juric and Branko Jelic) will manage the grading process as directed by the Management Committee. The dominant considerations in deciding on team allocations are player competence, determination and enthusiasm. Returning Subiaco AFC players shall be given preference if two players are assessed as similarly skilled.

Players must play in their correct age group, unless permission is granted from the Management Committee. Players must be registered with Subiaco AFC. Players who are not registered for the current season will not be offered a place in a team.

Should a player (or players) wish to play together, all players will be allocated to the team where the weakest player is graded.

Players may be moved to a different team throughout the season at the discretion of the VP Coaching and Development. The Age Group Coordinator, coaching staff and parents are usually consulted before any such move is finalised.