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Development Teams are for players who we believe have the potential and desire to train and play in an advanced playing environment.  Our Development Program is designed to aid and support those players wishing to advance within the game with a programme designed to offer support and guidance in helping to achieve those aspirations through structure training and developmental sessions.  

All players offered the opportunity to join our Development Teams do so, knowing that the programme they will sign up to has been specifically designed to incorporate a football and educational element that is paramount to aid their development.  Our focus is always on the player developing an understanding of the key components of the game. We will provide opportunities for all players to learn and grow on the field.

The development program provides three weekly specialist coaching sessions for players through engaging sessions, supported by our excellent coaching team. We will provide the environment and competition along with the guidance a young player needs to maximise their potential. We will deliver a dynamic and engaging training model designed to create confidence and smart play.



  • 3 x Full Kits (jersey, shorts and socks)

  • 35 week program

  • 3 x training sessions per week

  • Striking the ball / First touch / 1 v 1 / Running with the ball

  • Skill driven training game to increase players game knowledge

  • Extra match days (opponents could be SAP teams and out of area teams)

  • Local carnivals (Carnivals are additional cost)

  • Football Queensland Fixtures plus addition games arranged by Merrimac Football Club


In summary 35-week training season, scheduled games plus additional games, approx. 25 games and carnivals. Trials will be held for all Development teams and players will be assessed at the trials on merit according to their current skills and abilities


All selected players will be required to commit to the following, failure to commit can result in the player getting released from the Development Team:

  • Consistently show above average football abilities on a consistent basis in games and training

  • Are able to commit to all training sessions and match days

  • Are willing to listen and learn in the training environment

  • Have an interest in developing and being placed in a challenging environment


Please note that this program is not beneficial for all players. Please consider the above points before registering your child for a trial.  Any players deemed not quite ready to play for the development teams will be placed in our community teams.