Squirts 2016 Program

Football Queensland has concluded discussions with FFA about how FQ move forward with the Squirts program following the end of Subway’s sponsorship, which was announced to clubs and Zones last week.

For 2016, clubs will be able to run a Squirts program for their 3-5 year olds but FQ will not be able to issue sponsor packs.

However, FQ can still provide the Coaching Manual that contains games designed specifically for this age group.

Participants will still need to be registered in MyFootballClub as in previous years.

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FQ introduction of ByLaw #12

Football Queensland has moved to strengthen the integrity of the state’s competitions with the addition of By-Law 12 to the existing 11 FQ By-Laws.

The Football Queensland Board introduced the new legislation at a meeting on 29 January, 2016.

By-Law 12 is designed to ensure clubs adhere to uniform procedures with regards to registration and competition participation.

The following requirements have been made of clubs:

Unless written consent is provided by Football Queensland or these By-Laws provide otherwise:

  1. Each Affiliate Club must register ALL individuals who are members of the Affiliated Club with FFA, and no other entity; and
  2. An Affiliated Club must NOT participate in a tournament, league or other competition not administered or sanctioned by Football Queensland or a delegate of Football Queensland.

View By-Law 12 in full HERE, alongside all other FQ Forms & Policies on our Corporate website page under Inside FQ.

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FAQ about Mackay Football Park

Hi to all,

MRFZ are starting to receive correspondence from parents within your clubs about the spectator fees.  Please see below an explanation as to how MRFZ arrived at the decision to charge gate fees.  Could this please be shared with your members.  We hope that this may assist with any questions you may have.


Melinda Griffin

Mackay & Regional Football Zone

Thank you for your feedback  on the decision by MRFZ to charge junior spectator fees.  Mackay & Regional Football Zone are a not-for-profit organisation with an elected volunteer committee who must make decisions to ensure that the organisation is making financially responsible decisions to ensure that continued enjoyment of football in our region.  It is with great disappointment that MRFZ had to make this decision but as was sent out in a memo to all clubs and communicated at meetings with clubs, we can no longer continue with the arrangements  for the grounds that we had at Barbour Park. It was hoped that clubs communicated the reasons behind the decisions to parents.

The Mackay Football Park is significantly larger in ground size than Barbour Park.  We were extremely fortunate that the President of Mackay & Regional Football Zone had been mowing and line marking Barbour Park for the past 10 years for the small sum of $150 per week when the job was really worth approximately $500 per week at least if not more.  The gentlemen did this plus a large amount of volunteering for the love of football especially the juniors which allowed MRFZ to maintain low registration whilst still maintaining the old grounds to a satisfactory level.    Due to the increased size of the new complex at Glenella and other circumstances, he can no longer continue with this volunteer/minimally paid role as groundsman.

Currently Mackay  & Regional Football Zones only reliable source of income in registration fees and although MRFZ did raise registration fees a small amount this year to assist in paying for the many costs that go with running the sport and new junior facilities, we were very mindful of the economic conditions in Mackay with jobs etc. and we want to keep kids playing football if we can.  The spectator fee of $2 is going directly into the playing fields which will need significant development over the next couple of years.  We will need a groundsman who can maintain the grounds regularly.

Senior clubs charge a fee of $5 to help pay for their ground maintenance whereby their juniors train at their grounds.  The club membership fees and senior gate fees must cover ground maintenance at clubs for juniors and seniors.  Similarly our registration or other sources of income must cover our grounds maintenance.  Sponsorship has been hard to obtain and we continue to work hard in this area as well as applying for many grants.  Any ‘profits’ the association make are put directly back into the development of the grounds.

Mackay & Regional Football Zone hopes that the above explanation satisfies your queries on the spectator fee.  If you have any other questions, please ask your club committee first as these discussions are held between Mackay & Regional Football Zone and the clubs on a regular basis.

Yours in football,

Melinda Griffin

Zone Secretary & Acting Treasurer

Mackay & Regional Football Zone Inc.

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MRFZ 2016 Referee Information

Interested in Refereeing (Sidelines or Centres) this year?
It is a great way to increase your knowledge of the game, interact with others, earn some pocket money and learn some life skills.
Now is the time to sign up and give back to the game.
Contact MRFZ via email refmackay@bigpond.com or phone 07 4942 4455 or register online www.myfootballclub.com.au
Country United also has an assistance program to promote volunteers and the work they do for the sport.

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MRFZ 2016 Junior Competition Rules

MRFZ have released the rules for the Junior competition.

These rules can be found on MRFZ website or under “Forms/Policies” on our website.

Please review and understand these before the season starts so you are familiar with the requirements.

If you have any questions, please forward an email to our Secretary Tanya Ross cuscsec@gmail.com

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