Ground Control

Each team will be required to fulfil ground control duties on a minimum of TWO occasions throughout the season. Teams will be notified on the club’s website and via their team manager when it is their rostered turn. Teams should note that undertaking Ground Control duties is a condition of registration with the Club.

Ground Control duties (depending upon the rostered control shift) include the following:

  • Setting up fields for play (i.e. goal posts and nets, field marking and flags)
  • Canteen
  • Gear Stall
  • General cleanup of all areas (canteen, change rooms, clubhouse, courtyard and field surrounds)
  • Return of field equipment to the storage room and locking up of goal posts
  • The refereeing of games not covered by Official referees when required

Managers are responsible for enlisting sufficient help of their team and supporters to cover the allocated time slot duties.

Managers should liaise closely with the Duty Officers, who are nominated from the ranks of the Management Committee, as well as other teams rostered on duty with you.  Duty Officers are also listed on the club’s website each week.

PLEASE NOTE: The wearing of the orange Ground Control jackets will be undertaken by the playing teams and will NOT be the responsibility of the Ground Control duty teams. The Duty Officer will ensure the appropriate changeover of jackets at the conclusion of each game.

Field Setup

On Saturday, eight (8) people are required at 7.00 am (where the first scheduled game is for 8.00 am) to set up the fields.  On Sunday, (as nets are generally left on the goal posts overnight), four (4) people are required to mark the fields, put out flags and check for general playing hazards like broken bottles, rocks etc.

Line marking machines, goal nets and marker flags are kept in the equipment storage room at the southern end of the Clubhouse.  Refer to the field marking plans in Ground Control.

All nets are to be pulled under the goal post ground rails from the outside of the rail and tied to the inside of the net in such a manner as to ensure a taut net set up.  All holes in the net should be mended to the best of your ability.  Referees may require further repairs prior to the commencement of games.  Half-way flags must be placed one (1) metre from the sideline to safeguard player injury.  Corner flags are compulsory on fields 1 and 2.

Small Sided Football (SSF), which was introduced in the 2008 season for junior teams (up to Under 11s), field boundaries will be marked with training cones or markers.  For ages Under 6 and 7 collapsible goals will be used and these goals should not require any additional anchoring.  Under 8, 9, 10 and 11 teams will use more rigid goals which will require additional anchoring, in the form of pegs, to ensure they remain in place.

SSF matches are often played on Field 2 so the full sized goals will not be able to be erected for the start of play.  However, duty teams are still required to attach the nets to the full sized goalposts and the goalposts carefully positioned away from the playing field to prevent any hazards to spectators or players prior to them being erected for full field matches.  It will be the responsibility of the transitional teams to correctly position these goals and anchor the netting by way of the ground rails at the commencement of normal competition games on Field 2.

The Club’s volunteer Committee cannot be expected to shoulder all these ground control duties each week.  The more personnel involved in the required duty, the less onerous the task will be.

General Preparation

Games scheduled for the day are to be written on the Ground Control board.  This task is generally undertaken by the Duty Officer, however, circumstances may preclude the Duty Officer from completing this requirement.  Assistance may be requested of the duty teams in these instances.

Garbage bins are to be strategically placed around the fields to ensure minimum amounts of refuse is left on the ground – usually around the Kiosk, spectator viewing and player kit up areas.

Association Requirements

The full requirements of Ground Control are set out in the Association Rule Book.

Each field in use MUST have at least one person in attendance wearing the orange ground control jacket.  A further person will be required to act as the co-ordinating ground controller and work closely with the Duty Officer.  These persons should not be in the Clubhouse, Kiosk or Bar areas.  While the general responsibility of wearing the orange jackets will be that of the playing teams, circumstances may prevail where duty teams are requested to shoulder some of the responsibility.

Ground Controllers are to be constantly vigilant to ensure that:

  • hazards are kept away from the sidelines (bikes, skateboards, rocks, broken glass etc.)
  • spectators remain away from the sidelines, particularly in areas between fields and behind goals
  • unleashed animals are impounded and owners or Council rangers are contacted for their collection
  • instructions and requests from the referee to ground control are immediately and fully attended to, particularly in cases of injuries to players
  • spectator disturbances are appropriately handled (refer to the Association Rule Book)

Ground Controllers must not consume alcohol whilst on duty.

Fines imposed on the Club as a result of a breach of the above requirements may, depending upon the circumstances, become the responsibility of the offending individual.

Cleaning Up

Field 3

At the conclusion of the final game on field three, the goal nets, pegs and flags are to be returned to the storage room and the goal posts are to be chained to the cyclone fence.

Field 1 & 2

Saturday:  Flags are to be returned to the equipment storage room.

Sunday:  Goal nets, pegs and flags are to be returned to the equipment storage room and the goal posts are to be chained to the cyclone fence.

Garbage bins

Bins are to be returned the Clubhouse at the conclusion of the last game.

Any refuse on the ground should be collected and placed in the bins.


Clubhouse, change rooms, courtyard and all other paved areas should be

swept and refuse placed in bins.

Match results

All results must be recorded on the Association’s Result sheet and submitted with the match sheets, accident reports and any player ID cards requested by referees as a result of send offs or other offences to the Association headquarters by 9.00 am Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is a Public Holiday). Generally, this task will be co-ordinated by the Duty Officer.


The Kiosk is to be staffed from 20 minutes prior to the first game.  2 to 4 persons, depending on the allotted shift, is sufficient to handle the Kiosk duties.  Ground controllers are to ensure that sale items, (i.e. shelf, refrigerator, pie oven, chip cooker, tea, coffee etc.), remain well stocked throughout their shift and are sufficient to meet demand.

At the conclusion of each day’s trade, the Kiosk is to be cleaned – floors swept and mopped, all bench surfaces wiped down, perishable items returned to cold storage and refuse placed in bins.

All heaters and cookers and other electrical appliances are to be switched off.

Children under the age of 16 are not permitted in the Kiosk under any circumstances due to public liability insurance provisions.

Gear Stall

The Gear Stall is to be staffed from 20 minutes prior to the first game.  2 people are required to run the gear stall on match days.  Note that the EFTPOS terminal is usually kept in the Kiosk but can be used to accommodate customers who wish to purchase from the gear stall using EFTPOS or credit card.

At the conclusion of each day’s trade, the Gear Stall needs to be packed away and the day’s takings handed to the Gear Steward.



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