Football Australia Framework
Football Federation Australia Statutes and Regulations
The Moreland City FC complies with all statutes and regulations set out by Football Federation Australia (FFA), for more information.
FFA’s Member Protection Framework
The FFA’s Member Protection Framework is an essential part of our organisation’s proactive and preventative approach to tackling inappropriate behaviour. The Moreland City FC requires all of its members to be familiar with and adhere to the FFA Framework that can be accessed via the following link:
Our Club’s assigned Member Protection Officer is Simone Litchfield, Committee Member (email: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Child Safe Standards
The Moreland City FC is strongly committed to child safety and as part of that takes all necessary actions to prevent harm to children. Any new member of our organisation (including committee members, coaches, assistant coaches, team managers, players, parents, volunteers and other persons associated with our club) are required to familiarise themselves and be committed to our MCFC Child Safety Policy and Code of Conduct, a copy of the document can be downloaded by following the link below.
MCFC Child Safety Policy & Code of Conduct
Our Club’s Child Safety Policy was developed with assistance and guidance provided by Football Victoria, for more information visit: https://www.footballvictoria.com.au/resources/clubs/child-safety
Concussion in Sport Australia Position Statement
Funded by the Australian Government, the Concussion in Sport Australia Position Statement brings together the most contemporary evidence-based information and presents it in a format that is appropriate for all stakeholders. The Position Statement is an initiative of: The Australian Institute of Sport; Australian Medical Association; Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians; Sports Medicine Australia, and is intended to ensure that participant safety and welfare is paramount when dealing with concussion in sport.
We have attached a download link to the published document below as well as a link to other Concussion in Sport Resources and encourage all those involved in football at our club to read this resource material.
Concussion in Sport Position Statement-Feb2019
MCFC Concussion Policy Position
The Moreland City FC has adopted and requires all of its coaching staff, parents and players to adhere to the FFA Concussion Guidelines.
FFA Concussion Guidelines
Football Australia Insurance
The FFA National Insurance Programme website is provided so that Players & Club Administrators may have immediate access to the policy benefits and procedures of the insurance programme.
FFA and Gow-Gates remain committed to providing the football community with a first class Sports Insurance Programme whilst maintaining the affordability of registration.
Whilst the plan provides basic levels of cover for players and others participating in Football, it is not all encompassing (this is necessary to keep the cost of insurance affordable for players) and does not seek to replace the need for private health and other insurances.
FFA encourages all players and officials to take out their own private health insurance and life insurance over and above the coverage provided under this plan. Gow-Gates can assist in regard to other insurance requirements.
All the best for a safe and enjoyable season!
What is Covered
FFA National Insurance Programme
The FFA National Insurance Programme actually consists of three policies:
Who is Covered?
The plan defines the Insured as:
Football Federation Australia Limited including all Participating State Associations and Territory Governing Bodies as listed below;
ACT Football Federation (Capital Football)
Football Federation Tasmania Limited
Football Federation SA Inc.
Football West Limited
Football Federation Victoria (FFV) Inc.
Football Queensland Limited
Football Federation Northern Territory
In addition the plan extends to provide coverage to the following Insured Persons:
Cover is provided under the Sports Personal Injury policy to the above insured persons whilst:
Under the Broadform Liability Policy (Public & Products Liability) section coverage is provided:
“For liabilities arising out of the Insured’s Business.”
“Business” under the Policy means “all activities undertaken by the Insured and connected with the Sport (Football) including responsibilities as landlord, tenants, property owners and organisers of social and fund-raising activities.
In summary, in order to lodge a claim under the FFA National Insurance Programme you must be an Insured Person engaged in an Insured Sporting Activity
Examples of Insured Persons engaged in Insured Sport under the Sports Personal Accident policy include:
A registered player injured in an official match
A coach injured at an official training session
A parent injured whilst working in the canteen
The parent would be considered a Co-Opted Volunteer and they would be considered to be engaged in an administrative activity of the club
A Spectator injured whilst watching the match
Spectators are not “insured persons” and can not claim under the Sports Personal Injury policy. The Club and officials are however protected under the General Policy in the event that they are legally liable for personal injury sustained to a spectator or third party.
This information is current at the time of publishing (2021) please see this link for advise on any further changes - Click Here
The club resides in the;
Federal Electorate of Wills,
State Electorate of Brunswick,
Council Ward of North-East Ward
Established in 1916 as Moreland FC, over the course of more than 100 hundred years Moreland City FC has changed significantly. In 1934, the Coburg Soccer Club merged with a breakaway group from the then Brunswick Soccer Club to become Moreland. It adopted the alternate names Moreland Victoria and Moreland Thistle between 1965 and 1970. After the 1985 season Moreland City merged with Park Rangers to form Moreland Park Rangers. In 1990, Moreland Park Rangers merged with the new Coburg football club to form Moreland City Football Club as it is known today.
In 1991, the club competed in the Victorian State League Division 3. Moreland suffered successive relegations in 1992 and 1993, falling from Victorian State League Division 3 to VPL Division 1, but were promoted back to State League 4 after winning the league in 1995. The Club was again promoted in 1998 to State League 3 after taking out the league title. In 2000, Moreland City moved up to State League Division 2 Nth-West after a restructuring of Victorian football.
The Club stayed in State League 2 North West for the next eight years, until their relegation in 2008. Moreland immediately bounced back in 2009, achieving promotion with a second-placed finish. In 2012, Moreland City finished in second place, qualifying for the promotion playoff, but agonisingly lost to Box Hill United FC.
The hard work and persistence paid off for Moreland City in 2013 when they took out the State League Division 2 North West League Championship, reaching the State League One for the first time since the Club was re-founded in 1990. Moreland City took out the State League One title in 2014. The title win meant they were offered, and subsequently accepted, a place in the NPL2. Heading into season 2016, Moreland finished in 7th place in the 10-team league in 2016.
In 2017, Moreland City finished in 3rd place in NPL2 West. Prior to the 2018 season, Moreland City just missed out on promotion to NPL.
MCFC has received extensive government and Council funding to transform the Club and grounds, and is currently upgrading its club rooms and ground lighting.
During the club’s history, many players have been recipients of the leagues Golden Boot Award and Goalkeeper of the year.
In 2019, Moreland City will remain a strong team in NPL2. 2020 was lost - Where can we go in 2021?
MCFC Refund Policy
When registering with the Football Victoria to play at Moreland City FC, you are making a contractual obligation to pay the assign fee for the team your registering for. When the club administration accepts your registration, this commits the parent/player to pay the assigned fee, either via the FV registration process or directly tot he club. The FV issued receipt is not proof of payment, this only notifies you that the club has accept your registration request.
Any discounts, fess waivers, payment plans are only valid when in writing and approved by the club treasurer. These will form the terms and conditions and you agree that if not adhered to the club reserves the right to pursue payment for the full assigned fee.
If a club member/player decides to deregister or leave the club or stop playing football and seeks to have their registration fees refunded, the following refund policy will apply.
In the event of a deposit being placed with the club to hold a membership or an NPL position, no refund will be provided under any circumstances.
Refund of Fees:
The following policy applies in relation to a refund of fees being sought:
Background – Costs Incurred by the Club:
The club incurs a variety of upfront cost when preparing for a season, these a licence fees to compete in the NPL for both the Senior and Junior competitions, ground leases and facility costs to Moreland City Council, registration fee for a player plus the FV Insurance and the team registration fee the player is joining, administration costs, equipment costs, purchasing of player kits, coaching staff attire, and annual utilities costs.
Our club also builds into the player fees funding for future development of the grounds and facilities to enhance the players experience. The club is currently also in the process of undertaking a major redevelopment of our pitch lighting with an estimated cost of $350,000.
Our refund policy therefore reflects the fact that most costs to the club are incurred upfront at the beginning of the year and when players accept a position at the club they accept this policy. Refunds sought in relation to families experiencing serious financial difficulty brought on by the impact of COVID-19 must be submitted in writing to the club Secretary at email@example.com for consideration and approval by the club President.
Current as of 1 January 2021
Club Risk Management
Everyone has a right to be safe when working or volunteering in sport. WHS laws require sport clubs to comply with the WHS Act and WHS Codes and Regulations. This information is provided to assist clubs incorporate risk management and WHS into their club operations and understand and comply with WHS laws.
Since the Commonwealth’s Work Health and Safety ACT 2012 came into effect in January 2012 people conducting a business (including sport clubs) and workers (including volunteers) are protected by the same WHS laws across Australia. The WHS Act provides greater consistency and clarity about WHS laws, making it easier to understand your WHS duties. Most clubs and associations already have safety policies and practices in place, however under the WHS laws, some sport clubs may need to take new actions to comply with the WHS Act and the NSW WHS Codes of Conduct and Regulations.
The FFA Clubs’ Risk Management Plan “Safe Football”, developed by Gow-Gates in conjunction with FFA and the Member Federations, provides a uniform approach to assist the Football Community in assessing and managing the risks associated with the management of football clubs.
The objective of ‘Safe Football’ is to provide a pro-active approach in ‘Raising the Awareness’ of these risks and to provide a practical framework for your club to minimise or manage these exposures.
The plan is based on the general principles underlying a club’s ‘duty of care’ responsibilities to the football community and the general public such as;
It is further recommended that a designated ‘Responsible and/or Risk Management Officer’ is appointed, within your Club’s organisational structure, to ensure this information is made available to all Club Directors, Staff, Participants and Volunteers.
The ASC “Sporting Clubs guide to a Safe Workplace” and other WHS resources are designed to assist clubs understand and action WHS and Risk Management within their organisation.
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