FV announces new U13s format

Football Victoria (FV) is introducing a new format to the Boys U13s competition in 2021 by moving to a 9 v 9 format and introducing a new competition for the current NPL teams of which Ashy is one of them. All JBNPL teams are required to introduce a minimum of one (1) U13s team competing against other NPL teams.

In other words Ashburton United Soccer Club will be registering U13s teams in the NPL and Community competitions. Although the new U13s competition (NPL teams) technically sits outside the NPL licence arrangement, it has been implemented for highly developed players participating in a competition against other clubs with a NPL program

The U13s team playing against other U13s NPL teams will be selected during a trial process and based on and individual's:

  • Ability
  • Development
  • Skill level
  • Teamwork
  • Attitude

The club will determine whether a 2nd team will be registered depending on the number of players selected.

Ashy will be registering teams in both competitions (vs NPL teams and Community).

The program will consist of:

  • Managed by accredited coaching staff
  • Guided by the current technical director, Matys Borowicz
  • Program based on the current NPL principles at Ashy
  • Playing a minimum of 22 games and additional pre and post matches against other zones
  • Introduction and a development platform for the JBNPL program (U14s in 2022)
  • Trials to commence the week of 9 Nov 2020 (subject to VIC Govt guidelines)
  • Training a minimum of 2 times per week with an additional 3rd session (frequency to be determined)
  • Uniforms (home and away set)
  • Fees - to be finalised 

Please register your child’s interest by completing the below JotForm by 5pm 23 Oct 2020.


Once we compile the responses we will be advising players of trial dates (for NPL competition) and pre-season dates (for Community competition).

More info on FV website at: https://www.footballvictoria.com.au/news/2021-start

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Season 2020 - President's Message

To all our loyal players and members,

I trust you and your families are keeping well and doing the best you can under these trying circumstances. The latest COVID-19 numbers are encouraging and we remain hopeful that our members will be back on the field kicking a football again in the not too distant future.  

In welcome news, Football Victoria (FV) has also released their long awaited Refund Policy for season 2020. As you would expect, the Policy contains a lot of detailed information covering all competitions for both juniors and seniors in metropolitan and regional Victoria. In response, Ashburton’s Board of Management is now carefully reviewing the Policy and its potential impact on our Club and our members. FV has also announced the cancellation of all 2020 competitions administered by FV

From our initial review, we believe the key points in the Policy can be summarised as follows:

  • The Australian Sports Foundation has indicated a total financial loss across Australia’s community clubs of $1.6 billion in 2020
  • FV will offer refunds of various amounts across different cohorts (JBNPL, Juniors, Senior Men, Senior Women, and Masters)
  • FV will still invoice Clubs on reduced team entry fees, as well as player registration fees, despite the season not progressing
  • FV will finalise their reconciliation of Ashburton’s PlayFootball registrations and invoice clubs accordingly by 31 October 2020
  • Clubs must finalise their own Refund Policy and offer any FV refund to their players by 30 November 2020.

As a next step, we are seeking clarification from FV on some elements of the Policy. We are also reconciling the potential costs against the player registrations so we can develop a fair and equitable Club refund policy.

The difficulty we are now facing is that our Club will still need to make partial payments to FV and Football Australia even though the season didn’t commence, other than for the JBNPL season. Moreover, we have to reconcile the costs that our Club has already incurred this year, including:

  • Team entry fees
  • Coach payments
  • Ground hire and maintenance ( eg: cleaning)
  • Insurance
  • Team uniforms
  • Equipment (eg: balls, cones, bibs etc) 
  • General operating expenses (eg: office rent, advertising, printing, phones)
  • Complying with COVDSafe plans (supplying hand sanitisers and masks for each team)

Given the complexity of the situation, I would ask for your continued patience as we work through the various Club refund options. This is not an easy task and it’s unlike anything that the Club has ever faced before.

Ultimately, our objective is to ensure your Club survives and continues to offer various programs for our 70 plus teams spanning GoalKick, Junior Boys and Girls, Senior Men and Women, Masters, All Abilities and Soccer Mums. We have a great Club and we remain steadfastly committed to ensuring our Club continues to provide a valuable community service well into the future.

We will keep you updated on our progress and communicate again shortly.

For now, please keep safe and take care.


Bob Stensholt


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Trivia Night

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Zoom Trivia Night - 9th September, 7pm

Football Victoria Club Ambassador Tony Francis is hosting a trivia night exclusively for our Ashy families on Wednesday, 9th September.

It's an online version of the Flipside Music Sportz shows that have been around Melbourne for several years, predominantly focused on music, television and movies.

We won't be keeping score but you're more than welcome to do so, and come along and have some weeknight fun with the rest of our community.

The quiz will be hosted on Zoom, so register via the form below and we'll send you an invitation:


AUSC Membership

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Our first batch of Membership Cards have been sent out and our list of Partners and discounts is beginning to grow.

All information about our membership program is available at:

Check below for our latest exclusive offers. Simply show your membership card to be eligible:

Cabrini Hospital - 50% discount of our emergency attendance fee to students of registered schools and preschools and junior members of registered sporting clubs, aged 17 years and younger. The 50% discount applies to the attendance fee only and does not include any further out-of-pocket expenses, such as x-rays and blood tests.

Eastside Health - 10% discount .

Sport & Recreation:
Pascoe Vale Soccer Store - 10% discount. Sportsmart - 5% discount.

Food & Retail:

Domino's Ashburton - 25% discount on Traditional, Premium & New Yorker pizza range for Pick Up only. Valid AUSC membership card must be presented upon pickup to receive discount. Excludes Loaded Pepperoni. Not valid with any other coupon or offer. Customisation may incur further charge.

Soccer Mums at Ashy

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Soccer Mums is Back!

Our third exciting announcement of the week is the return of the Ashy Soccer Mums program. Now managed by Football Victoria and their GO platform, we will be delivering more exciting soccer games for mums and other social soccer players once lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Submit your expression of interest now to make sure you don't miss out:

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