What is success for us?
We at Collaroy Cromer Strikers Football Club are nonprofessional, not for profit community football/soccer club on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Success for us is achieving a golden balance between providing the best possible environment for our social players to have fun and the best development and coaching opportunities for those who want to play at the highest level possible. Success for us is therefore measured on 2 levels. Player retention overall and competitiveness for teams that compete in the higher divisions.
The playing style of the club is based on Football Australia’s model of “Effective Possession”. The Effective Possession playing style was designed by Football Australia to somewhat standardise how clubs played. The hope is that this will then create more players who will fit the new mould of how Football Australia wants the Socceroo’s to play in rder to achieve the lofty ambition of one day winning a world cup.
A full run down of Effective Possession can be found in Football Australia’s National Curriculum. This is the actual document justifying why the FA want us as community clubs to do what they want us to do. If you want to read through that at your own pace it is very content heavy but here is the link so you can see for yourself where Australian Football should be heading.
However, for those wanting a summary, the playing style of CC Strikers is one of “Effective Possession”. We want our players to have the ball and dominate the game by having the ability to keep it. This means having both technically sound players to be able to execute the appropriate techniques to not give the ball away. Plus, tactically astute players who know where to be, where to go and how to make the correct decisions on and off the ball to keep the ball. We want our players to think and play positively on the field. At the end of the day goals win games not possession and football is one of the few games where you can actually win without having a consistent amount of possession. Therefore, we want our players to be forward thinking and always look to progress the game towards the opponent’s goal. With, again, the ability both technically and tactically to create and convert chances through team play and individual skill.
When we loose the ball we want our players to have a sense of urgency when winning it back. By putting the opposition players under pressure we want to be able to either win the ball back high up the field, force teams to clear the ball out of play or force teams to clear the ball long where we can regain the ball.
In terms of mentality, we want all competitive teams to have a strong sense of team and collective winning mentality. The hope with this is to get not just individual players who want to win but entire squads, a united team working towards one goal is always going to be better than just one individual. Furthermore, we also want teams to be resilient, in that if things are not going to plan at training, in game or throughout the season that they keep putting in the work and do not give up.
All of the above is what we refer to as “The Strikers Way”
Off Field Culture
Off the field we at Strikers want to create a very friendly environment regardless of if you are a social player or competitive player. An environment where down on the training field or game day everyone is comfortable saying hi to each other whether it be a player, coach or parent. An enjoyable experience off the field we believe is a must to achieve one of our main goals of player retention.
Similarly, we also want to create a great match day experience for our high performing senior teams when they play home games at St Matthews Farm. In the hope that it becomes an event or occasion where members of the club are happy coming down for an afternoon picnic and watching some high-quality football. A great match day atmosphere also benefits the club in so many ways. It provides a draw card the club can use to attract players looking for other clubs to play for. It can benefit player retention rates as increased support is never a bad thing and it gives everyone a sense of belonging and unity.