Club Guidelines

Philosophy of I.F.C.

The major reason to join IFC is to learn (football and team sport), socialize, be challenged and have fun. 

IFC values committed players and supportive parents. We want to be a club which attracts players that want to learn and parents that want a respectful environment where their children are safe, learning, and having fun. Football is a team sport and if the players are not able to commit to training and matches it will affect the rest of their team. So IFC expect player and parental support to meet training and matches. In general, there will be two training sessions of 1 hour per week and a match on a Saturday. If this does not match with player/parents’ expectations considerations should be made if this is the right club to sign up to. 

Currently, we only want to focus on teams starting at JO10/MO10 (under 10 years old) level. IFC will not be having teams at younger age groups. 

We want to provide correct training at all levels. The aim therefore is to have trainers who are all qualified or trained to the Level needed to coach at IFC Trainers not yet qualified are always supervised and/or have been a player for a minimum of 5 years so they understand the processes These trainers will be given training at IFC and also where applicable the Dutch Football Authority the KNVB. 

Potential new coaches/volunteers (who want to coach) will also be offered a coaching training session. Please note that new parent coaches/trainers will not be able to train/coach their own child. 

Coaching on match days should be done by the trainer when possible. Each team should have an assigned person to step in on match days. This person will be addressed as assistant-coach. (This will be a trainer that has been part of the training of the team).

Relationship between IFC and VUC

I.F.C. is seen by the KNVB as VUC at this time. Therefore when you search for your IFC team (for example JO 17) you will search for VUC JO17. More information on games can be found under the app: “” and in your own team group app.

I.F.C. is playing under VUC’s name in the KNVB league but will be wearing a different kit with an IFC logo. The logo of the sponsor will be on the front of the shirt. 

IFC pays a contribution to VUC for use of the club etc. and also supports VUC in several areas when necessary. 

The intention is that when we expand, we will be registering a new club in the name of IFC.

Football kit

Match kit

We like to be different at IFC so we decided we would treat all teams as professional teams operate by providing a complete teams kit in a kit bag. This bag is taken to each game. Players arrive at the games in their IFC tracksuits. They change into the playing kit to play the games. After the games are finished the kit is put back into the team kit bag and on rotation a family takes the kit home to wash. That same family will bring the kit to the next game. Players over 11 years are encouraged to shower after every game. Of course we cannot enforce this, but be aware most clubs in the Netherlands insist on cleanliness after games.

All teams must have:

Team parent: to provide half time drinks for both home and away teams (at home games only).

To notify I.F.C. using the teams group app by Thursday evening latest if they are short of players for the game on Saturday. There will be a separate app for this with ALL team parents

Assistant coach: To coach only on game days should head coach not be able to attend.

It is the goal of IFC to have no parents as assistant coaches unless they are (qualified or are assistant coaches of a team that does not include their own child and have done a training course through I.F.C. 

Assistant coaches at games should NOT be the time keeper/referee. They must not double coach from the side line. 

It is of course inevitable that match clashes or sickness will result in a parent might have to cover as coach at some point. Help and advice will be given to this parent plus a match report to fill in and return to the trainer/coach. We want to thank parents who have already offered to be assistant coaches at this start point.

WhatsApp Team Parent: All teams now have a team WhatsApp group. These will be used for team information going forward. This is normally combined with Team Parent. But of course can be combined with another position.

Time keeper/referee: (home games only). Usually NOT done by the assistant coach. The time keeper/ referee is not allowed to coach. Is not allowed to show bias towards the other team. The main Duties: To time the games. To only step in if you see an obvious bad tackle or blatant foul or rule not being applied that the players are having trouble sorting out themselves. E.g 5m away from corners, side line balls. The goal is for the players to sort it out themselves (For all age groups please see the link (in Dutch), to KNVB rules for more information on this position)

Referees for games under 12 and over.

Please be fair and try to show no bias. Sometimes this is difficult with 2 minutes to go, 1-0 in front and you want to blow the whistle early. Please try and be fair.DO NOT COACH when refereeing. When heard this shows unfair bias. 

Refereeing a game deserves the utmost respect as this can sometimes be a difficult position to do and IFC really appreciates anyone doing this.

We are looking at referee courses and more information will be given on this in the future.

Match days (Saturday):

Each trainer/coach is responsible in organizing and arranging that their teams have enough players for match days.

Team parents will update the team whatsapp groups with venue and times for matches by Thursday evening latest and will ask in the team apps to check availability of players throughout the week. 

New KNVB rules for 2019/20 season.

Please use the following link  (in Dutch) to understand the new rules for youth football for all age groups and under 10 to under 12. (Also see tabs for under 10 and other age groups.)

Highlights from the link. 

Under 8 – Under 12 age groups. In general coaches should not coach but only encourage during games and leave the coaching to half times or breaks in the game. 

This is to allow players to think for themselves and let the situation be a learning environment. This new approach should also be abided by parents watching who should never coach.

If the two coaches from opposing teams agree, more coaching can be done during the game in order to address certain aspects from training sessions. 

Also if agreement is reached, the new time out period may be dropped and there will be two halves played (as currently).

Coaches should never shout and scream during a game. 


Sadly it is commonly talked about that parents can ruin the environment in sport with over-excitement or negativity towards other teams, players, officials. This is a growing problem, especially in football. 

Hence the above mentioned new rules from the KNVB coaching from the sidelines should not take place. Please do not coach! You have no idea what the coach has asked the players to do.

Example, coach ask player not to press but drop and hold (this is a defensive tactic), but the parent shouts to player “tackle him”. Who should the young player listen to?!?

Just a few examples of what is typically heard during games: “run faster” “get it” “great tackle” .

To a young mind this can be understood as 

Run faster” The child is trying his/her best. Being told to run faster can make a child feel inferior to other players that are maybe more athletic. A child will run as fast as they can when needed and if physically possible if they are happy and enjoying the game.

Get it”: What does this actually mean? Get what? Children always try and “win back” the football when the other team have it. However players should not jump in to tackles when “holding” or “dropping” might be a better option.

Great tackle”: In most cases the young player who has lost the ball during a tackle will feel demotivated. So to lose the ball, and then to hear a parent scream “great tackle” or “fantastic scrimmage” (American term) can be seen/felt as negative towards the opposition.

Screaming when a goal is scored: Players are told to respect their opponents at all times. Celebrating a goal scored is of course normal practice, but in young players minds that have just conceded a goal it can be upsetting. So to concede a goal and then have a group of very loud parents screaming and whistling etc is quite negative to a young mind.

Suggestions for parents to use: Instead of “run faster” = Keep it up OR well done.

Instead of “get it” = Please do not use this phrase as it is not a footballing technical or tactical term. Just watch the game.

Instead of “Great tackle” = Well done or maybe nothing at all

Instead of Screaming and over reacting when goals are scored = Clapping, positive well done.

Try to take a look at the other team and see how they feel. 

Parents during Training times:

Parents should not be on the playing surface during training. Of course we encourage parent to support their children and feel free to watch the training outside the playing surface. The trainers need to focus on the health and safety of all players and to focus the players on the training. Having a parent on the field during training can and will disrupt the players focus. The training area is for players and trainers ONLY

Footnote to all the above comments: It is not professional football. Players should be challenged, trained to improve, play as a team, and respect the opponent and officials. 

Shouting can put players under pressure to win and this is not good for them at a young age. 

Youth team levels 

A basic breakdown/explanation of the different levels in the Dutch KNVB league (which I have broken down in to a basic measurement of a mixture of what the KNVB think and what I think). 

Above Hoofd klasse are also four divisions 4th through to 1st where the semi pro and pro clubs play. 

It is not about which team you play in it is are you playing at the right klasse so you are challenged and learning.

Hoofd/(high) klasse:  

Very high level. Playing time can sometimes be unbalanced for players depending on performance in training and during games. Players who cannot keep the performance to the level can be asked to go to a lower team. Please be aware of this before committing to this level.

1st klasse: high level

Playing time can sometimes be unbalanced for players depending on performance in training and during games. Players who cannot keep the performance to the level can be asked to go to a lower team. Please be aware of this before committing to this level.

All levels below 1st klasse playing time should be the same for all players where possible. (Injuries to players, player’s attitude,) can affect this at times. This will be monitored.

1st   klasse – High level

2nd klasse – good level.

3rd klasse  – medium/lower level

4th  Klasse – medium/lower level

5th  Klasse – lower level

6th  Klasse – lower level / recreational.

7th  Klasse – lower level / recreational.