* Who are we?
Established in 1996, the Melbourne University Women’s Football Club (MUWFC), affectionately referred to as the MUGARS (Melbourne Uni Girls Aussie Rules Squad), is a community women’s football club. We are one of three standalone clubs under the Melbourne University Football Club (MUFC), the other two being the Uni Blues and Uni Blacks (mens' teams). We are a member of Melbourne University Sport with whom we collaborate closely and are greatly assisted by.
In 2021, we will be looking to field two teams in the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) as well as working with Melbourne University Sport to field teams at the Australian University Games and other inter-varsity matches. MUWFC teams will be competing in the VAFA Premier B and Premier B Reserves competitions. The VAFA Premier B team is be known as our ‘Seniors’, and Premier B Reserves team known as our ‘Reserves’.
* When do we (normally) play?
While the 2020 season has been cancelled, the season usually begins in early April and continues through to the end of July. Finals are played over the first three weekends in August. Throughout the year, home games are played on Sundays and away games on Saturdays. On a typical weekend, the Reserves team will play 2 hours prior to the Seniors team, allowing players and spectators to support both MUWFC teams. Players are expected to arrive at the ground 90 minutes before their match starts. For further fixture information, visit the VAFA website.
* Club Communication
Key club communications will be shared through the following MUWFC Facebook groups and pages:
Senior Players Noticeboard: For football-related information, only posted by club officials.
Community Noticeboard: For the whole MUWFC community, including past players, supporters and current players. Anyone may arrange social activities, share lost and found property following matches, organise a sponsor pub meal, etc.
Training is held twice a week and caters to the variety of skill and fitness levels of players at the club. Players are expected to arrive at 5.45pm, with training running from 6.00pm-7.30pm.
* Additional Costs
In addition to registration & fees, players require the following: playing uniform, mouth guard and football boots. Ambulance Cover is highly recommended. If you are injured, club officials will not hesitate to call for an emergency ambulance, regardless of your coverage status.
Purchased through MUWFC:
Playing Jumper (compulsory) - $65
Playing Shorts (compulsory) - $25
Playing Socks (compulsory) - $10
Purchased through third parties:
Mouth Guard (compulsory) - from $15
Football boots (compulsory) - from $60
Ambulance cover (highly recommended) - $46/year
* Giving back
MUWFC would not exist without the hard work of volunteers and the generous donations of sponsors. Players are expected to give back to ensure longevity for the club.
Below are some of the ways you can support the club:
Game day volunteering - filling a volunteer role yourself, or recruiting friends and family to
assist with one of the many volunteer roles required for games to run smoothly.
Committee assistance - helping with events and fundraisers, or speaking to a committee
member to see if there are any project that you may assist with.
Coaching a Juniors team - we maintain a strong connection with the Flemington Juniors
Football Club and encourage our community to assist in the development of the Junior girls.
Please contact MUWFC President, Maddie Sheedy, to find out more.
Supporting our sponsors - check out our Sponsor page and show your support by engaging
their business services wherever possible.
Tell your friends - share news from our social media accounts, let friends and family know
about our website and merchandise offerings, bring a supporter along to a game.
* Selection Policy
With more players than positions available in the teams each week, we have a policy in place to ensure that we are a competitive and high performing Seniors side striving for promotion to the VAFA Premier Division, whilst developing our players across both teams. The team selection process for 2020 is detailed below to ensure transparency around player selection.
A greater emphasis is placed upon performance-based selection.
The selection of the side is the responsibility of the appointed coaching panel. This is to be based on the Coaches judgment and perception of the player’s abilities, potential, development, attitude, commitment and the need for team balance. The Committee will assist the Coaches in selecting the side if/when required. Players not selected for their VFL Women’s team based on performance will be selected in the VAFA Premier team to ensure individual development and progression back into their VFL Women’s team in future weeks.
A greater emphasis is placed upon participation and skill development.
The selection of up to 10 merit spots in the side is the responsibility of the appointed coaching panel and is based on performance merit. These 10 merit spots are to be based on the Coaches judgment and perception of the player’s abilities, potential, development, attitude, commitment and the need for team balance. The Committee will assist the Coaches select the sides if required.
Players not selected in the Seniors team based on performance will be selected in the Reserves team, subject to their performance being considered to be in the top 10 merit spots in the team. This is to ensure development and ideally progression back into the Seniors team in future weeks.
The selection of the remaining spots in the side is subject to a rotation system. Players not selected for Seniors representation or in the first 10 spots of Reserves team will be rotated equally on a weekly basis.
Players who wish to be considered for these rotations spots, must train once in the week prior to the game, and continue to uphold club values.
Administration of the rotation system will be managed by the club Secretary. The club Secretary can delegate the management of the administration as required.
All players must be financial (i.e. paid their fees) to be eligible for selection.
If you wish to discuss this policy further, please contact an Executive Committee Member.
If you have a question that hasn't been answered here or elsewhere on our website, please get in touch via our Contact page.