Young Female Waratahs

Dear Waratahs, 

This year the Association is introducing an All Girls Competition for the Miniroos Under 6 & 7’s. This is exciting news and we are looking forward to entering some teams.

Please register your daughter to play by clicking on the link below:
And don’t forget to claim your $100 Active Kids Voucher FIRST by clicking on the link below:
As we are the oldest club in the association, lets make history together.  


Dear Waratah Miniroos 
This is a reminder for all Miniroos to attend the Orientation and Welcome Days this week.

Tuesday is for Under 6 & 7’s.
Wednesday is for Under 8-11’s.

Commencing at 6:00pm, we take the opportunity to answer questions, players and parents meet each other and volunteer coaches can come forward as we form teams. 

Please come early.
See you all then. Thank you.

Club Committee 

2020 Rule Changes

There have been some significant rule changes for the 2020 season.  You can find the current full field laws of the game here

I hope to have a presentation from the referees association on the changes available soon.

Here is my very quick summary:

  • Substitutions: Players leaving the field must leave at nearest boundary
    • Then walk around the field back to the technical area.
    • The player going onto the field still enters from the centre.
  • Yellow and red cards can be shown to coaches and managers.
    •  If you are shown a red card you must leave the field and take no further part in the game.
    • If the ref can’t work out who to blame, the senior coach is shown the card
  • Goal kicks/free kicks in own penalty area:  
    • Ball is in play when kicked, can be passed to a defender in the penalty area.  
    • No real change to U12 goal kicks (25m rule)
  • Dropped balls:
    • No longer competitive. 
    • Dropped to a player of the team which last had possession, or to goal keeper if it is in the penalty area.
    • Players of the other team must be 4m back.
  • Ball hitting referee:
    • If possession changed or a promising attack developed, then the ball is dropped for the team which previously had possession
  • Coin Toss: Team that wins the toss can pick to kick off or choose direction. 
  • Refs can delay showing a yellow/red card if is to the advantage of the other team.
  • Free kick – defensive walls.  Players from the attacking team must be at least 1m away from the wall.  Yellow card offence
  • Goal keeper during penalty – When the ball is kicked, the defending goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot touching, or in line with, the goal line. Yellow card offence 
  • Passback to goal keeper – if the keeper  clearly tried to play the ball away (e.g. kick, head or chest the ball), and fails to clear it, he can then pick it up.
  • Hand-ball.  Lots of reworking of the rules to make it clearer which (possibly accidental) hand-ball events are called.  
    • Apparently this reflects what the referees have been enforcing in past years, it make makes it clearer (in most cases) what is allowed and what is not.
    • All deliberate hand-balls are still not allowed.
    • Basically – keep your hands and arms close to your body.