Want to Play - FAQ

Why are the fees so high?

At Eschol Park FC, the Registration Package fee includes all costs, Football Federation Australia fees, Football New South Wales fees, Macarthur Football Association fees, Team Nomination fees, Match fees, Referee fees, Club fees. After you have registered, you don’t have to pay again that season.

You are still responsible for your own shorts, socks, shin pads, boots and any other personal equipment in the Winter competition and in addition to that, your own shirt in the Summer competition.

We don’t believe our fees are high if you consider everything that is covered, we actually believe they are lower than most if not all other clubs in the Macarthur Association.

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Why does Eschol Park FC charge all the fees in one package?

We have always done this in the Summer competition, but not in the Winter. The decision has not been taken hastily, the committees over several years have considered this but we felt the time was right in 2019.

Factors that we considered when making this decision:
  • Our society is moving more away from cash and more to card. We no longer carry cash on us, parents seemed to get embarrassed about not having cash at the games and would stay away.
  • Team Managers were complaining that they had to put their hand into their own pocket to make up the shortfall.
  • Teams were falling short on their Match and Referee fees at the end of the season and then not paying the difference.

None of this was working and placed financial strain on the club to provide trophies to all as there was no visibility at club level of who was defaulting.

The outgoing 2018 committee in their handover to the incoming 2019 committee made this point very clear and the decision was made. To ease the burden on families, a Payment Plan facility was introduced at the same time.

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How does Eschol Park FC calculate the fees?

Our fees are calculated based on teams consisting of a run on side and 3 reserves, except for the M-League teams which are based on 16 players. We base the average number of games that will be played across all team in the season at 18, some will play more and others less. We also work on an average of 1 Referee and 1 Assistant Referee (where applicable) per home game. With those numbers and the fee structure provided by the FFA, FNSW, MFA and the MDFRA, we calculate a cost per player.

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Why do I have to register on the Eschol Park FC website and the Play Football website?

We do our best to support our members and their families with registration discounts. The Play Football solution cannot handle the complex nature of our discounts, so we use our own system, "Majestri".

On the reverse side of that, the Play Football solution will not accept an upload from clubs of their registrations. We, along with many other clubs across Australia continue to lobby the FFA to ease this stance, but until they do, we are stuck with a poor discount system or registering on two systems.

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Do I get a refund if we don't get Referees and/or Assistant Referees in games?

For the Winter competition, we calculate the Referee Fees based on 18 games and an average of 1 Referee and 1 Assistant Referee, so the club is already taking a risk. In addition to this, we track the number of Referees and Assistant Referees at every home game. At the end of the season, the committee will review the Referee attendance and if a team was adversely affected by the number of Referees, then a refund will be considered.

In the long history of our Summer competition, this has only happened twice, and we have taken steps to ensure that every game has a Referee in future, but on the off chance that it happens, a refund will be provided.

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Do I get a refund if games are washed out?

Most games in the Winter competition are rescheduled if they are washed out, so unless there are exceptional circumstances, no refunds will be considered.

Due to the short nature and no option to reschedule games in the Summer competition, refunds of the Game portion of the Registration Package fee will be provided for washed out games.

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Do I get a refund for Bye's?

Refunds may be considered if there are a large number of 5 and 9 team competitions in a season, but the consideration would also look at (and be offset by) the number of teams that were adversely affected by low Referee numbers.

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I've registered at another Club but want to move to Eschol Park FC; what do I need to do?

There are only three steps that must happen for this to be possible:
  1. You must advise your current club of your desire to move and then request a deregistration with them and with Play Football.
  2. Once your club accepts your deregistration request, the Macarthur Football Association must approve it.
  3. Once that is done, you can register on Play Football to play at Eschol Park FC and also register and pay on our website under the appropriate Want to Play > (Winter/Summer) Competition page.

Note: it is a good idea to keep in touch with our Registrar through this process as they may be able to assist with your old club and with the Macarthur Football Association. You must also let the Registrar know if you used your Active Kids voucher at your old club.

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I've registered at Eschol Park FC but want to move to another Club; what do I need to do?

There are only three steps that must happen for this to be possible:
  1. You must advise us (Eschol Park FC) of your desire to move and then request a deregistration with us and with Play Football.
  2. Once we accept your deregistration request, the Macarthur Football Association must approve it.
  3. Once that is done, you can register on Play Football to play at your new Club and follow any other registration procedures that they mandate.

Note: it is a good idea to keep in touch with the Registrar of your new club through this process as they may be able to assist with the Macarthur Football Association. You must also let their Registrar know if you used your Active Kids voucher at Eschol Park FC.

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I can't pay all my fees in one hit; can I pay in instalments?

Yes, from 2019 we offer a Payment Plan facility for our Winter competition that allows you to pay your Registration Package fees off in regular Direct Debit transactions from your bank.

We are doing our best to keep your fees as low as possible, but this means there is very little margin left to absorb defaulters’ debts. This unfortunately means manual instalment payments we no longer accepted.

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Can I use Credit Card on the Payment Plan?

At this stage Credit Card Payment Plans are not available. The cost to the club is too high and it does not make economic sense to subscribe to this service. We will continue to monitor the cost of this service and if it becomes economically viable, we will introduce it in the future.

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What age group does my child play in?

Your child’s team is determined by the age they turn in the season. E.g. if your child turns 8 at any time during the calendar year, they will be in Under 8’s. There are allowances for skilled players to ‘play up’ a year and that can be discussed with the club officials.

Ages are grouped as follows:

  • Pups (Under 6 to Under 11)
  • Junior Wolves (Under 12 to Under 17)
  • Senior Wolves (Under 18 and older)
  • Wolves (M-League)

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How long does the season last?

This varies year by year, but generally:

  • the Winter season starts towards the end of March to the beginning of April and depending on the age groups, finals are played in late August or early September. Pups don't play finals.
  • the Summer season starts in late September and runs for 12 weeks.

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Is there a way for my child to try soccer without committing to the season?

Yes. Our club runs a 12-week Summer Competition from late September to mid-December.

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What equipment will my child need?

All players are required to wear soccer boots, club socks, shin pads, club shorts and club shirt. Boots and shin pads can be purchased at most good sports stores. Club socks and shorts can be purchased at the club. The club shirt will be given to the Team Manager and handed out each week before the game.

For the Summer competition, you will need to provide your own shirt as well

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Does my child need to attend the coaching clinics?

No, it’s not essential but we highly recommend attending these if the time suits. They are a fantastic way for your child to learn some extra skills and progress faster.

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Which age groups need to attend Grading?

We grade the Junior Wolves (Under 12 to Under 17) if there are enough players to form more than one team.

Unfortunately, we do not know the numbers until the final clubhouse information day, so all players are required to attend. An announcement will be made at that time if Grading for the Age Group is on or not.

Small sided games may be played if there are only numbers for a single team to decide which division the team should be nominated in.

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How do I find out what team my child is playing in?

This will be announced at the Team Allocations Days:

  • Pups (Under 6 to Under 11) usually happens the Saturday after the last Clubhouse Information day,
  • Junior Wolves (Under 12 to Under 17) is the following Saturday, and
  • Senior Wolves (Under 18 and older) is the following Sunday.

The dates and times will appear in the calendar on the home page.

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What's involved in Team Allocations Day?

At the commencement of each allocation session, the President will explain some key information and then either ask teams to form (Pups and Seniors) or announce the Junior Wolves teams.

We prefer that teams in the Pups group (Under 6 to Under 11) form themselves. Coaches are encouraged to form their teams before Team Allocations, however this is not always practical so at Team Allocation, the committee will assist each player finding a team. Team Allocation for Pups is normally the Saturday after the last clubhouse information day.

Junior Wolves are formed as a result of Grading or if there are only enough to form a single team, based on numbers. The teams are announced at Team Allocation day, generally the Saturday after Pups.

Senior Wolves form themselves on Team Allocation days, the committee will assist individual players finding a team. This is usually the Sunday following Junior Wolves.

Once the teams are identified, a committee member will work with each team to identify a Coach and Team Manager and explain the expectation of these roles. Once this is done, the team then decides the most suitable day and time for training. The Coach picks up the team match kit which contains training equipment and the playing shirts. During this time, the Team Manager confirms everyones contact details for their records.

Once all that is done, the players/parents can purchase equipment/merchandise from the canteen.

Please check the website for Allocation Dates/Times.

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When does training for the season proper begin?

Training can start as early as the first week after team allocations. Training is held on a day and time as agreed between the volunteer Coach and the Players/Parents.

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What days are games played?

  • Under 6 to Under 17 play on a Saturday.
  • Under 18 and older can play anytime on the weekend, but mainly on a Sunday.
  • M-League can play anytime on the weekend and will play some mid-week night games.

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How do I find out when and where the games are played?

On the website, click on ‘Fixtures/ Results’ menu and then either the Winter (year) or Summer (year) link to SportsTG. Once there, look for your team. We also recommend discussing the use of Team App with your Coach/Manager, it is a great tool to help you.

Fixture times are decided by the Macarthur Football Association and can change up until the day before play, so best to always double check.


Note: Fixtures are not normally released until late March.

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How do I know which field our team is playing their match on?

Each club publishes their field allocation differently, your Coach or Team Manager will normally arrive before you and check where your game is. Keep in touch with them to find out the exact details. You can also ask a Ground Official at any ground, they will generally be wearing a yellow high visibility vest.

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It's raining! How do I find out if the team is playing or training?

Under all circumstances, training and games will be on unless you are told they are off!

For Game Days: Each team will be notified by our Competition Secretary whenever games are cancelled due to wash outs or forfeits. If our fields are closed, then games at our ground are off.

For Training: If the fields are closed, there is to be no training. If the fields are open, speak to your coach.

Our website is always kept up to date with the information as soon as we are aware of it and the field status of our fields is shown on the home page, in the top right.

If our fields are closed, there is to be no training.

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