Moreland City Football Club took another step towards the Football Development model we’ve been building by appointing Diego Lopez as our NPL Under 14s Coach.
Diego is a passionate football man with over 12 years’ experience at Northcote, Melbourne Knights, Keilor Park and Avondale. He lives and breathes the game. His son, Santi, has joined MCFC, his daughter, Layla, has just signed on a soccer scholarship at Utah and his other son, Ole, is a talented player at Essendon Royals. Football is in their blood and the entire coaching group is excited to have Diego’s energy and wealth of knowledge on board.
Diego has also agreed to help coordinate the NPL Development Squad (U12/U13). It became clear, after assessing player talent in this bracket, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t challenge some of this talent with exposure to an NPL experience at different stages.
Diego’s assistant will be Franco Pennisi (Former Coach), who returns to Moreland and is another coach of great football experience.
Steve Rembelos remains Under 13s coach and he is very supportive of challenging our players, and the aspirational model we are creating.
Robbie Marcen and John Patsoukas will support Steve as they remain enthusiastically involved in this age bracket.
Further coaching and development of the U13s and U14s will come from myself, Janusz Podgorski and Jacob Stenson.
The support for this group is fantastic and should pay great dividends as the boys continue to improve through their football journey.
There will be a parents’ meeting hosted by me in the near future to outline the Four Corner Player Model which takes a holistic approach to youth development by considering the Technical, Physical, Psychological/Tactical and Social aspects of the individual players.
In the meantime, I ask that you continue to support the coaches and the club while you relish the time you spend with your boys. Let us all work together, ‘Love the Game’ and enjoy the journey, not just the destination.
Head of Football Development
Moreland City FC is pleased to announce another high-quality appointment to join its Football Development program. Kieran McDowell, a former MCSC player and coach, is coming home as the club’s Technical Director and Goalkeeping coach. Kieran has an AFC B Licence , a Level 1 AFC Goalkeeping Coach accreditation and is a VIT Registered Teacher.
Kieran will be working closely with Head of Football Development, Colin Cooper, focusing on FA Technical reports, FFA curriculum, support for coaches, player selection, Goalkeeping development and supporting the Head of Football role.
"With the momentum building in this project, I am excited to be joining as Moreland City Technical Director and Goalkeeper Coach to help deliver a well-rounded football program for our juniors. Having recently played and coached Moreland for over 8 years, this is a place so close to my heart, it was an easy decision to give back and support the juniors. What made it easier was everything going on behind the scenes and the opportunity to work with like-minded people. Being a position I have held in the past, I am keen to use my knowledge of the club and FFA's footballing strategy to offer support to Coops and the club’s junior coaches, giving them assistance in implementing our system."
As part of the Moreland City FC development program, the club is now accredited to run the Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) which focus on the Skill Acquisition Phase, the key building block in the Football Federation Australia (FFA) National Football Curriculum.
The Skills Acquisition Phase is the most important phase of player development, especially around Ball Mastery. The club has been focused on Ball Mastery for a number of years, and now is extremely excited to compliment this with the SAP program. We believe this is fundamental to developing players in the key skill development areas:
Moreland City is pleased to announce the appointment of Colin Cooper in a ‘Head of Football Development’ role aimed at supporting player development and to working closely with our coaches.
In a deliberate move to address the time lost through interrupted seasons the club and Colin have been working behind the scenes to come up with ways to complement the FFA National Football Curriculum. Well-being and time-management with school and social life is also something we see as a priority as we return to both.
The club continues to build on its high-performance culture investing in state of the art equipment such as GPS tracking (over 50 units), with the aim to have every NPL player fitted with a unit.
The club is also looking to get a third VEO Sports Camera, which will live stream games and to have the ability for every NPL team to distribute footage and analysis to parents and players.
Training principles and methods, pre-game and post-game nutrition, warm-up protocols, injury management and prevention and elements of sports psychology are all part of a platform to cultivate the ‘whole’ player. A ‘Four-Corner’ model will be touched upon where Physical, Social, Psychological and Technical aspects of a player is consistent with a growth mindset and may assist with identifying areas of possible improvement.
Most importantly the whole coaching team is looking forward to getting back on the grass to deliver the FFA National Football Curriculum with our boys and girls.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for ‘Coops’. As a player he was named in Moreland City’s Team of the Century and he also was a player, captain and coach of the senior team through the years of 1994-2000. Colin also played for Australia at a youth World Cup.
This is a match made in heaven with the club’s ambitions to develop players for the future. A teacher at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Colin’s background in Physical Education, Welfare, Sport Psychology and Sports Science complement his football background. He also lectures at the National PEAK Physical Education Conference at the MCG as a leading practitioner in the ‘Game Sense’ teaching and coaching pedagogy.
Colin has coached the PEGS 1st XI to a record 10 AGSV Premierships over a 25-year coaching span including the winning the nationwide Bill Turner Cup, a tournament that started with 407 schools across the country. He’s also got years of experience in the NPL system and was Hume City’s inaugural Academy coach.
Coops is glad to be back at MCFC.
“This just feels right. Moreland City is a place of some of my greatest memories and friendships. I respect the people within the club and admire where the club is today.
I can’t wait to team up with the coaches and the parents as we support the players getting back into stride after missing so much football. We have a well thought out plan that, importantly, is achievable and aimed at personal and player development.
Senior Coach Adrian Mathers has not only been consistently successful through his management and depth of football knowledge but I love the way he is prepared to give youngsters a go if their attitude and ability take his eye.
If I could get one message across to our parents it’s get your child back down at the club as soon as we are all allowed because this is going to be a great time at the club. MCFC is a unique environment and a ‘Love of the Game’ is a message preached from the President down and lived by its people.
And for those thinking about coming down to trial for NPL just do it. This is a special place where the kids are nourished and the whole family is welcomed.”
Don’t hesitate to enrol as Moreland City have some spots available in the NPL for those wishing to be part of a friendly and progressive club.
2022 is shaping up to be a big year. The committee has worked hard during lockdown to secure the support of Google. They will provide the club with the back bone of basic IT infrastructure so we can become collaborative, productive, and efficient with Google Workspace. The club will start to transition to a more smart and secure business apps like Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Drive, and Google Meet, so we can focus on what matters - you and your kids!
The finance department entered the club into a funding round with Google and was the recipient of $10,000 USD grant. This is an amazing result, and will will allow the club to enhance its digital footprint.
The club is now working on it You Tube and Google earth visualizations.
Your feedback is welcomed as we rebrand and upgrade the clubs image.
2021 has certainly been another year of ups and downs for our state, and for football.
We brushed off the cobwebs of 2020 and saw a positive return to football in 2021, enjoying some exhilarating runs of play, giving us all hope that we could complete the football season.
But COVID-19 has proved to be a truly fierce adversary and, sadly, we once again find ourselves in a very challenging landscape for football.
FV’s vision is to provide Football For All, Anywhere, Anytime, and alongside the valuable feedback of our stakeholders, this has continued to shape our decision making process. Importantly though, the safety of our community sits above all else, as our most important consideration for all football decisions throughout the pandemic.
Our NPL and Competitions teams have worked day and night to produce an extraordinary body of work, planning multiple scenarios for every competition. This work is detailed, well-considered and milestone driven.
We would like to express our gratitude to our football community, who have engaged in roundtable discussions, completed surveys and provided direct feedback to the team, all of which has been absolutely essential for us to best align with the needs of our community.
Many of the planned scenarios have been eliminated in recent weeks, due to the key dates passing with extended lockdowns across the state. Unfortunately, the most recent Government announcement means our options to complete the 2021 season for our metropolitan Melbourne competitions have now reached an end.
The lockdown extension through September, with no guaranteed timeframe for a safe return to football, leaves us with no choice but to cancel the 2021 season for all metropolitan Melbourne competitions:
FV will engage directly with the Clubs involved in our Nike F.C. Cup and Dockerty Cup finals, to determine if these matches can be played before the end of the year.
As we approach the beginning of our 2020 Football season I’d like to warmly welcome all those that are new to our Club and to thank all those that continue with the Club year after year. I feel that now is also the perfect time to communicate my vision and ambitions to you about the future of our Club and how I’d like to steer that future.
At Moreland City FC we believe that success is not only measured by our on-field results but also by the culture and atmosphere at our Club. Above all we want to foster an environment that is simply driven by a ‘love of the game’.
Vision for Our Club:
One of the most important parts of our Club is our senior men’s NPL team, whose performance we rely on to keep us competing at the senior NPL level and to give our MiniRoos and Juniors an ambitious football pathway.
ALDI MiniRoos continues to be Football Victoria’s marquee program and the leading junior introductory program within Australia, with over 227,000 boys and girls playing. As a Club we need to not only better manage our MiniRoos program but we also need to make sure our MiniRoos’ integration and transition into our junior football program is as positive as possible.
The vision I have for our Club is to have a fully integrated football playing community starting at the MiniRoos and Junior level all the way to senior NPL.
We know that Clubs that do this well develop more successful players. It is vital therefore that the entire Club not only throw its support behind all of our youth programs but also our senior teams, especially during home game days. Young players grow into more successful players when they have developed in an atmosphere where they have watched and aspired to be like their Club’s senior players.
So if you are able to attend or support senior games in a volunteer capacity our senior teams would love to have you there supporting and cheering them on, making their playing experience all that more exhilarating.
A new study by Professional Footballers Australia (the PFA) has identified crucial factors that set Australia’s ‘Golden Generation’ of footballers apart in a bid to create a framework for talent management and development going forward.
This study found that “crucial factors included unstructured and informal play – such as playing backyard soccer – at a young age, an early exposure to senior football, and connection to a particular club.”
“The report shows that the process goes much deeper than just coaching, facilities and style of play but to building a deep culture and connection to the sport we all love” and the most critical part of that connection is your connection to your Club.
Girl’s and Women’s Program:
Our Club is passionate about developing a successful and thriving girl’s and women’s soccer program over the next 2-3 years that is in line with the Government’s “Changing the Game: Increasing Female Participation in Sport Initiative” and both Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Football Victoria (FV) participation initiatives.
The FFA has stated that their “aim is to ultimately increase female participation in the game; players, coaches, administrators and referees to reach 50:50 participation by 2027.”
As a Club we will strive to implement these participation initiatives starting with an aggressive drive to recruit coaches and introduce at least 1-2 exclusively girl’s teams for 2020. We hope that our Club community gets right behind us and assists us in this drive by volunteering to coach if you have the necessary skills and experience right through to referring players and spreading the word.
At Moreland City FC we pride ourselves on providing a great community environment for our junior and senior players. Contributing to our community is what drives us so we value any support that our community and Club members can give back to us.
Our Club is almost entirely self funded through the contributions made by our members and our sponsors. Running an NPL football club like ours means we rely heavily on volunteers contributing their time and effort week in and week out in order to provide our players and wider Club community with a comprehensive and enjoyable football experience.
We therefore ask that all our Club members consider ways that they may be available to offer assistance to help keep our Club growing and thriving into the future.
Working to Ensure you have a Great Experience:
One of our aims into the future is to make sure our players and members have a positive and enjoyable experience at our Club. We’re constantly looking for ways to improve how we do things so if you have any positive suggestions that can help us in any way we’d love to hear from you.
Please Support us in Promoting our Club:
Any way that you can help us promote our Club is always greatly appreciated. As part of that we seek your support in helping us to share our content on social media platforms, especially when looking to recruit new coaches, players or publicise our fund-raising events.
Moreland City Football Club
Football Victoria (FV) announced important changes to the NPL structure for season 2021 on 16 October 2020.
The changes were considered as a direct result of the COVID pandemic that saw a significant disruption to the football playing season in Victoria during the 2020 season. The changes were developed after consultation with clubs and are primarily aimed at addressing “some key areas around overall player development whilst assisting clubs with player retention in the post COVID season.”
In Summary the changes include:
Under 13s - are no longer part of the Junior Boys NPL (JBNPL) structure and will form part of the junior boys community football structure along with U12s. FV is introducing a 9 vs 9 game format for season 2021, played on half pitch or box to box.
For more information
JBNPL mandatory age groups - the competition format remaining the same as 2020. JBNPL 2021 mandatory age groups include:
NPL senior men 2021 age groups:
– U21s plus up to 3 U23 players
For more detailed information regarding JBNPL and NPL senior competitions visit: