Football Competitions

Brighton offers a range of programs and football options for people of all ages. All enquiries and questions can be directed to admin@brightonbulldogs.org.au. Check out the following information regarding the programs being offered:

Beginners Guide to Brighton Bulldogs

Welcome!

If you have a question we haven't been able to answer below, please feel free to email us at admin@brightonbulldogs.org.au

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

 

What age group does my child play in? 

Your child’s team is determined by the age they turn that season. For example, if your child turns 9 at any time during the calendar year, they will be in Under 9’s. There are allowances for skilled players to ‘play up’ a year and that can be discussed with club officials.

 

Ages are grouped as follows:

  • MiniRoos (Under 6 to Under 12) play on a Saturday. 
  • Juniors (Under 13 to under 18) play on Sunday or Friday night.
  • Seniors, Men’s and Women’s, can play anytime on the weekend.
  • Women's Over 30's, Men's Over 35's and Men's Over 45's usually play Friday nights and some Sundays.

 

How long does the season last?

Depending on age group the season starts in March/April and final rounds finish in September, with finals played in September. MiniRoos don't play finals. Please check the Club calendar on the home page for more details.


Do you accept Fair Play Vouchers?

Yes, we are an accredited Fair Play Club.  Once you have obtained your voucher please print it out, sign it and bring to the club along with a valid identification.  This will need to be presented to an authorised committee member.

 

I’ve placed an order through the online shop – where do I collect it?

Uniforms orders are packed once a week during the football season.  As soon as your order has been processed you will receive an email advising it is ready for collection and available collection days and times. There are special collection options during pre-season.  Please email retail@brightonbulldogs.org.au for further enquiries. 


How do I find out when and where fixtures are being held?

On the website home page, click on ‘Fixtures/ Results’ and look for your particular team’s link. The teams are listed alphabetically, not in age groups. 

 

Due to the nature of team nominations, fixtures will not be released until the week before the first game.  The fixtures will be released for the first three rounds and once the divisions have been finalised they will release the fixtures for the remainder of the season. 

 

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

 

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

When you arrive at the Club, check the game day boards on the end of the clubhouse near the playground or on the shed near field 2 and you will see the list of all the games and the fields for the day’s play.  Each ground will have a similar system.  If you are unsure please ask the ground official, identifiable by their fluro vest. 

 

It’s raining! How do I find out if the team is playing?

Home Games

For home games please go to the Bulldogs website home page and look at the top right hand side to see if the fields are open or closed.  This is the best place to look and is updated regularly.

Away Games

For away games please click the following links Junior Field Closures Click Here or Senior Field Closures Click Here

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MiniRoos Club Football - Under 6 to Under 12

MiniRoos Club Football is a smaller version of football that provides girls and boys aged under 6 - 12 with a fun introduction to the world game.  MiniRoos Club Football is designed for kids; it is all about having fun, learning new skills and making life-long friends while playing in friendly and encouraging environment.

Brighton MiniRoos teams train once midweek with games held on Saturday mornings (older teams may train twice a week).  MiniRoos games are not scored and no league tables are kept.  Teams play home and away games. 

The 18-round season generally begins in March/April and finishes in September. Specific dates are released each year coordinating with school holidays. Please see the MiniRoos calendar on the home page for more details.

The field and team structure is designed to cater for each age group.  They are designed to encourage participation and the free flow of play.  Age group structure:

Under 6 & 7

6 players per team. 

Small fields with 4 players on the field (no goalkeepers).

Games have 15 minute halves; usually played early Saturday mornings.

 Under 8 & 9

10 players per team.

Roughly quarter field with 7 players on the field, including a goalie.

Games with 20 minute halves; normally played early to mid-morning on Saturday.

Field positions (attack/defence) are introduced and all players in the team are rotated to play all positions on the field including goalie.

Under 9's play in graded competition, this encourages participation and enjoyment for all players.

 Under 10 - 12

12 players per team.

The field is normally ¾ of full field, with 9 players on field, including a goalie.

Games with 25 minute halves; normally played mid-morning on Saturday.

Under 10 - 12 play in graded competitions.


What you need: Kids are required to wear shin pads and football boots for all training sessions and games.  They also need the club uniform for official matches.  A uniform pack is available to purchase from the online shop, and second hand boots are available to purchase at the club.  All balls and other equipment will be provided at games and training. For uniform enquiries please email retail@brightonbulldogs.org.au 


Our Coaches:  Our coaches are volunteers and parents who give their time to help improve the football skills of our children.  Please support our coaches by attending training sessions and games, to help monitor your own and other children's behaviour.  Please assist our coaches to make their jobs as easy and enjoyable as possible.  

Coaching is a very rewarding role.  If you would like to be involved in the coaching team at the Bulldogs, please email admin@brightonbulldogs.org.au  Coaching courses are provided, and support is available.  If you are interested, have a discussion with one of our coaches or committee members. 


Preseason training: 

The program aims to get the kids moving and introduces them to other players within their age group.  Please see the MiniRoos calendar on the home page for more details.


U9-U12 Gradings: 

MiniRoos U9-U12 age groups play in a graded competition. To ensure players ability are matched to their team allocation, players in these age groups attend grading sessions during the preseason.  Please see the MiniRoos calendar on the home page for more details of grading dates. 


MiniRoos Academy U8-U12:

The Bulldogs academy teams play in Kangaroo graded competitions. The teams train twice a week, once with an academy coach focused on skills and player development and once with their team coach. Under the club's Head Coach, trials for the U8-U12 Academy teams, trial dates are published on the home page


More information related to the FFA MiniRoos program can be found here.

For more information or assistance, please email admin@brightonbulldogs.org.au

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Junior Club Football - Under 13's to Under 18's

Junior Club Football is competition football for players under 13 to under 18's.  Brighton Bulldogs have boys, girls and mixed teams across these age groups.  Junior football is a great opportunity to make life long friendships and start lifelong healthy habits. Teams compete in their division with finals at the end of the season based on the division ladder ranking. The season generally runs March to September.


Junior football is 11-a-side competition with home and away fixtures on a full sized field.  Training sessions are held twice a week, with competitive games for U13 - U16's being held on either Friday nights or Sundays.  Under 18's games are held on either Friday night, Saturday or Sunday. 


Grading: Each year level has divisions that teams are nominated in depending on the teams overall skill level. To determine the level of the team and the division it will be entered, the club completes gradings early in the year for the juniors. 

Once internal club trials have been completed the U13 Metro divisional teams will participate in Football Queensland trials against other teams in the region, this will determine their division for entry into the competitive playing level of Junior football. These divisional trials are generally in February/March. Please see the Club calendar on the home page for more details.


Preseason: Preseason training will commence in January, please register using the link on our home page to ensure you receive the relevant training information for your age group.   All new players are welcome. 


Registration: Players need to be registered to commence training, and fees are required in full 2 weeks before the first official game. 


For more information email admin@brightonbulldogs.org.au

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Senior Men's Competitive Football

FQPL (formerly Capital League)
Brighton Bulldogs Senior Men have a squad in the FQPL5 League.

New players please contact admin@brightonbulldogs.org.au to register your interest.

Metro League (Formerly City League)
Brighton Bulldogs will be entering a Metro League team for the 2022 Season.

New players please contact admin@brightonbulldogs.org.au to register your interest.

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Senior Women's Competitive Football

Brighton Bulldogs have Senior women team's, who compete in the Women's Metro League (formerly City League) across a range of divisions.  The club is looking for additional players for 2022.  

The 2022 pre-season will commence February, please register via the home page on our website to be kept informed of training days and starting times.

For more information email admin@brightonbulldogs.org.au

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Over 35 and 45 Men's Football

Brighton Bulldogs have over 35 and 45 men's teams represented across a range of divisions in the Friday night league. Men's Overs league is a great place to start or return to football, with teams of all ages and abilities.

For pre season dates please see the home page.

For further details please email admin@brightonbulldogs.org.au



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Over 30 Women's Football

Brighton Bulldogs have two amazing women's teams that play in the casual Friday night league.  Over 30's is a friendly environment in which to start or return to playing football.  The matches are competitive 80 minute games, which is great for fitness.  No previous football experience is necessary - just a fun attitude. 

We will start the pre-season in early February, with training once a week and have some pre-season friendlies where you can 'try and see'.

For more information email admin@brightonbulldogs.org.au



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