Chelsea U11 Girls and U9 Boys were invited to attend a Melbourne Victory Press Conference where they were promoting the Elimination Final against Sydney FC on Good Friday Night where they got to meet Mark Milligan, James Troisi, and Kevin Muscat.  Before the Press Conference commenced, the boys and girls were given the opportunity to attend a training session at Gosch’s Paddock where they even got to hold the A League Trophy.  Heaps of fun was had by all the kids!!!  

The kids appeared on Channel 7 Sports last night plus the Herald Sun will be publishing the photo from the promo launch today. Some photos here with more to follow soon

Video here of a Mark Milliagn interview done at the same time - spot the Chelsea kids at the end of it

Melbourne Victory Half Time Entertainment

As promised a little while ago, here is the link to all the photos from the Melbourne Victory match where some of the Chelsea FC players appeared as half time entertainment. Much fun was had by all the players, and if you don't believe us, here's some more proof...
Click here for the full photos

Weekend Results 13th/14th April

Both the reserves and senior teams played away this week against Parkmore and both narrowly went down in high scoring 3-2 losses.
The masters team managed to turn last week's 6-0 L into a 5-0 win against Montrose BC. Well done team. This coming week the senior teams have a week off but are next at home when the season kicks off for all teams on the 26th April so make sure you get down and cheer them on then.

Many of our teams had practice matches over the weekend - we know of Under 11 (pictured), Under 12, Under 15 and Under 18 boys all stretching their matchday legs over the weekend and getting in some good pre-season game time. We also had one of our Under 12 teams playing in a pre-season tournament on Sunday at Keysborough. Keep those match reports coming in.

This will be an ongoing weekly update so get ready to send in your results every weekend to and they will be published early in the week. Did we miss anyone this week? 

Major Sponsor 2014

Chelsea FC is very pleased to announce that Fine Edge Kitchens are a major sponsor for season 2014.

Fine Edge Kitchens have been financially and emotionally supporting the club since day one, with nephews and good friends playing for many years.
Fine Edge Kitchens are a local family run business, who specialise in Kitchens and cabinetry work such as vanities, wall units, desks, wardrobe interiors etc.
Fine Edge Kitchens offer a free measure and quote service.  All Fine Edge work is custom made and built to measure. You will find Fine Edge just around the corner at 213 Wells Rd Chelsea Heights.

Call Fine Edge on 9773 4416 for a free no obligation quote service. Mention Chelsea FC for preferred rates!!!

Let there be light(s)

Chelsea FC lights up the night sky on our first junior training session under lights in 2014
Now that we have ground access and lights are back on, field allocation becomes a lot easier for all teams - coaches, players and parents CLICK HERE to view the training allocation schedule.

Half time entertainment

Part of the 'good stuff' of being a Club Victory club is getting to play half time at Melbourne Victory home matches every now and then. Here's a photo of some very happy Chelsea players having done just that! More photos to be posted soon!

Exciting developments at Chelsea FC [20.03.2014]

Chelsea FC unveils $3.8m state-of-the-art pavilion ahead of 2014 season. - By Julian Trantino (@jtrantino16)
Chelsea FC has hit the ground running on the eve of the 2014 season, with the successful opening of its new state-of-the-art pavilion at home ground Edithvale Recreation Reserve. 
The $3.8m Bert Thomas Pavilion was opened in late February, and will offer players multiple change rooms with ducted heating and cooling, as well as a separate medical room. 
On game days, Chelsea FC’s members will have access to the pavilion’s first-floor social space offering unobscured, sheltered views of all pitches, and can also watch from the spacious outdoor viewing balcony.Complimenting the new pavilion is Chelsea FC’s addition of Rob Giabardo as technical director, a highly experienced and decorated football coach who was crowned the 2011 Football Federation Victoria (FFV) Male Coach of the Year. 

“The club’s goal is to provide our players with the best opportunity to fulfil their technical abilities while enjoying the game they love to play,” Giabardo said after joining the club. 
Chelsea FC president Robert Dodich said the foundations had been set for the club’s future. 
“The completion of the pavilion and the significant developments in football department personnel and philosophies will set the foundations for the club’s long-term prosperity,” Dodich said.
“The intention is to the best community soccer club we can be, providing our members with the best coaches, the best culture (and) the best facilities at the best value for money. In short, the club to be with.”
Chelsea FC will compete for the first time in FFV’s men’s and women’s State Leagues this year.

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader 19.3

Goalkeeper Training

Hi to all the budding Mark Schwarzers out there
From next week we will be holding weekly goalkeeper training sessions so if you are keen to improve your skills please come on down meet on the main pitch inside the velodrome.

Under 8 - 11 year olds: Tuesday March 18th 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Under 12 - senior players: Thursday March 20th 6:30 - 7:30pm

Sub-junior Boys Assessment Day

Some photos from the sub-junior boys assessment day are found in this years photo album here. We saw a huge amount of kids, they all got to catch up with mates from last year and had a quick skills session and game in great weather. We thank all the parents for helping the day run well and many thanks to the kids for just being awesome.
Thank you to all our Football department including George, Caleb and Matais for their assistance today in making this day a very enjoyable day for us and a massive learning process for the benefits of our players that have chosen to be part of "The Club to be with".
We encourage all comments positive or negative on the day so that we can help make the process easier for in the future. The club will be in touch with all players very soon via your coach.


Chelsea FC is now signed up to Sportsmart's Club Advantage program, which offers great benefits to us and our club members. Our Club Advantage number is 800338
Write this number down and quote it every time you make a purchase from Sportsmart to get two benefits:
1. For you - an instant 5% discount off the normal selling price
2. For our club - your purchase will boost our club rebate (Chelsea FC gets 3% back in rebates so we can put this into the purchase of equipment and can reduce our running costs!)

In addition to your discount and our club rebate, Club Advantage also gives Chelsea FC access to exclusive promotions, VIP nights and special offers.
We thank Sportsmart for supporting Chelsea FC.

Your local Sportsmart store is MOORABBIN: 83-85 Cochranes Rd Moorabbin

This information will be up on our website permanently as a menu item at the top if the screen so please feel free to print out the Member card and keep with you for any trips to Sportsmart for boots and shinpads or any sporting item at all

Introducing our new Reserves Coach...

Daniel Garces - Born in Moron, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
Currently resides in Endeavour Hills.

I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Daniel (nickname – Muchacho) and I look forward to coaching the reserves, what an honour it is.

My mantra is: Success is a team effort!
And for that matter as we all know life is a team effort!

“Since I was a little boy my godfather gave me my first soccer ball and top at the age of two. His team was Club Atletico Independiente and was soon mine too. At the age of six I was playing on the streets of Buenos Aires until I was fourteen years of age and as it turned out I was coaching and playing the team that I formed to play inter suburbs until the age of seventeen. Then on to local teams until I went on to try out with the Boca Juniors. At this time in my life my parents had already decided to travel to Australia – so I never found out the results – that was in 1975.
After arriving in Melbourne we moved into South Yarra, a newly made friend of mine suggested to me that I try out with a club in West Melbourne – 1981 and this began my soccer career in Australia. In on of the game I was playing I was scouted to play for Under 20 Youth National Australia Team although I was at the time now 21!
Many years later I joined Carringbush Soccer Club 1990 (top goal scorer) and remained with them until 1994 and in 1999 received again the top goal scorer and league championship with the Bayside Argonauts, moving on to coach for the Bayside Argonauts in the year 2000.

Chelsea Girls teams do us proud

On Sunday 16 February at Goschs Paddock next to AAMI Park six girls soccer teams from Chelsea FC participated in a tournament organised by Melbourne Victory to recognise girls playing soccer. The U16 girls team narrowly missed playing in the semi finals, the two U10 girls teams played in the semi finals and both lost on a penalty shoot out and the U8, U12 and U14 girls teams made it through to the grand final. The grand finals were played on AAMI Park on Saturday 22 February prior to the Melbourne Victory versus Adelaide game. The U12 team was narrowly defeated after dominating most of the game and the U8 and U14 teams both drew their grand finals. This was a fantastic effort by all of the girls teams representing Chelsea FC in this tournament against some of the stronger clubs around Melbourne. 

On Sunday 23 February 10 girls from Chelsea FC acted as ball girls in the W League grand final between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar, which was won convincingly by the Melbourne Victory women. Our girls did a fantastic job on the day and we are very proud of their commitment to enjoying the participation in the great game of soccer.

At Chelsea Football (Soccer) Club we have girls teams playing in the Football Federation of Victoria competition at all levels from U7 to senior women. The number of girls playing soccer is increasing dramatically and there are a few places remaining in our teams for 2014. If you or your daughters are interested in playing please contact Peter McCarthy on 0418 388 257 or email the club at

A few photos of the day found in with the club photos here

Pavilion Opening

The Bert Thomas Pavilion on Edithvale Road was opened on Friday February 21st. The opening was overseen by Lord Mayor Paul Peulich of the City of Kingston. We had our favourite stars from Melbourne Victory Football Club and Melbourne Aces Baseball in attendance.
Chelsea FC will hosted small sided soccer matches. There were Baseball speed gun activities, Athletics hosted an official track & field meet.

All photos are in the photo gallery

A letter of thanks from Rob Dodich (President Chelsea FC)

Dear all,

I would like to thank everyone associated with the opening of the H.D. (Bert) Thomas Pavilion.
Firstly, thank you to everyone at the City of Kingston associated with the opening. A special thank you to Michael Haley for all the enormous amount of work he has done over the preceeding months on this project as well as ensuring the final presentation of the Pavilion was truly something to behold. Great job! Thank you also to Joanne Cronin for co-ordinating the official function, the catering and the management of the guest list. 
I would like to thank all the Sporting Clubs and their volunteers for putting together such a great spectacle on the Edithvale Recreation Reserve grounds. Standing on the viewing balcony of the Pavilion it was an incredible sight to see the Athletics Club hosting their official meet as well as the Baseball Club and Soccer Club with their activities. I had so much positive feedback from our VIP guests which only reiterated to me that the Edithvale Recreation Reserve and its impressive Pavilion truly is the pre-eminent sporting facility in the Bayside region. A special thanks to Murray and his team; Belinda, Trevor and Adam from the Baseball Club; and Juan Steve, Peter M & Rob G for their work for the Soccer Club.
I would also like to extend my gratitude to all who helped with the running of the canteen and BBQ's. Much appreciated.
Thank you also to all our VIP guests for being part of the opening with special mentions to:
- Thomas Family
- John Bainbridge and Dillon Jansz (Bendigo Bank)
- Lorraine Wreford, Honourable State Member for Mordialloc
- Melbourne Aces players
- Adrian Leijer (Melbourne Victory)
- Sponsors of the sporting clubs.
A huge thank you to Domenic Boccari, for the enormous amount of work he has done in promoting not only the Sporting Club's but this entire project. In particular, his ground work with 'The Leader' newspaper and the subsequent front page promotion (and page 3 article) of all the Club's new facilities this week was absolutely tremendous. Great job!
Robert Dodich

Chelsea FC - Pavilion Article Leader Newspaper


THE new $3.8 million pavilion at Edithvale Recreation Reserve will not only boost sporting club membership, but will also keep pesky pigeons away.

The Bert Thomas Pavilion, to be officially opened this Friday, has taken 12 months to complete and replaces three former ageing pavilions on the site.
Hundreds of members across Chelsea Football Club (soccer), Chelsea Baseball Club, Chelsea Little Athletics Centre, Southern Masters Cycling Club and Chelsea and Peninsula Cycling Club are delighted with the striking new building.
Chelsea Baseball Club president Belinda Worton said the club had already seen new players sign up because of the new pavilion, funded by Kingston Council.
“This means so much to us, because we now have such a positive future ahead of us,” Ms Worton said. “We’ve had a few new players sign up because they’ve seen the new pavilion as they’ve been driving past. But one of the biggest bonuses is no more pigeons. Pigeons had completely overtaken the old building, but they’re staying clear of the new one.”
Chelsea Little Athletics president Murray Smith said the new pavilion was “a huge upgrade”. “Our numbers have been increasing steadily over the past five years and we expect the new pavilion will give us another big boost,” Mr Murray said.

Chelsea Football Club president Robert Dodich said the pavilion meant the Edithvale Recreation Reserve would become the premier sporting precinct in the bayside area.

People are invited to the free official opening of the pavilion this Friday from 5pm to 8pm.

Two Up Front podcasts - Dom and Rob G

In the past month Dom and Rob G have been busy shaking hands, kissing babies and spreading the word about Chelsea FC whilst doing the promotional rounds - and here are some interviews to listen from the Two Up Front radio show.
Dom's interview is all about what's been happening down at the club and Rob G clears up some questions and issues around the new NPLV system - and also offers some great advice on how to acheive your goals.
Both are must listen to interviews. 

President's Newsletter

2nd February, 2014

Dear members,

It is with great pleasure and honour that I address you in my first official correspondence as Club President.

On behalf of the current Executive Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Committee for their tremendous contribution to Chelsea FC over the preceding year. I would like to extend my appreciation to all our Club’s sponsors who are a critical component in the effective running of a soccer club. I look forward to their ongoing support and contribution for many years to come. I would also like to thank all coaches, assistants, team managers and volunteers who contributed to our Club’s success in 2013. It takes an enormous amount of time, effort and sacrifice to run a sporting club and their efforts have been greatly appreciated. I look forward to your continued involvement in 2014. Finally, I would like to extend my greatest appreciation to all our wonderful members and families who have loyally supported the growth and development of our Club. Without you incredible support and patronage there would be no soccer club for your Executive Committee to manage. I look forward to your continued involvement in 2014 and being part of a very exciting period in our Club’s history.

It is on this note that I welcome everyone associated with Chelsea FC to 2014. It is not an exaggeration to say that 2014 will be the most exciting year in our Club’s history for a number of reasons.


On the evening of 21st February 2014, the City of Kingston and the sporting clubs at Edithvale Reserve will host the opening of a state-of-the-art, two-storey Pavilion costing approximately $3.8 million. I welcome everyone associated with Chelsea FC to attend this gala evening and familiarise yourself with your Club’s new home ground facilities. It truly is impressive! Images of the Pavilion can be found on our website and Facebook page. Detailed information on the Pavilion opening will be made available soon on our website and Facebook page.

The Club’s facilities will include a first floor social space that can accommodate 150 sitting guests and which is complimented by a commercial size kitchen. The social space will afford our members and associates with unobscured, sheltered views of all three soccer fields. If people prefer outdoor spectating, our social space extends to a substantial viewing balcony that will be catered for with outdoor, café-style furnishings.

From a playing viewpoint, the pavilion will offer our players four separate change rooms with ducted heating/cooling and each with their own showers and toilets. Players will also have access to a massage table and a separate First Aid room. Coaches will equally be impressed by two significantly sized, ground floor storerooms. On game days, our members and associates will be catered for by a ground floor, commercial size kiosk.

Your Executive Committee has embraced Council’s vision of having the Pavilion utilised as a community facility. As such, we are the only sporting Club at Edithvale Reserve to negotiate a lease agreement. In short, a lease agreement will afford our Club 24/7 access to the Pavilion thereby catering to our members needs 365 days a year. Our social space will also be made available to social groups, community groups and local business to utilise for weddings, social functions, business meetings and the like. The Council supports your Executive Committee’s vision to make Edithvale Reserve and its impressive Pavilion the pre-eminent sporting precinct in the bayside region as well as a focal point for local community activity. 

Edithvale Reserve

The City of Kingston is also completing landscaping works around the Pavilion as well as car park works. This is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

A new integrated Family and Children’s Centre is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year on the very site of our old Clubroom. The centre will include a kindergarten, maternal and children’s health services, long day care and play groups. I foresee this Centre will compliment our Club in a positive manner, particularly for parents and guardians who have children in day care services and who are also junior players at our Club.

All our pitches have received post season maintenance by Council and are developing nicely. Such works will continue for the next month. Additionally, Coach’s boxes on Pitch 1 have been repaired and player benches on Pitches 2 and 3 are expected to be completed by Council by the end of this month.

Alternative training venues are actively being explored by your Executive Committee to help create greater flexibility for our Football Department and to preserve our three playing fields as much as possible.

Football Department

Another exciting development at our Club has been the recent recruitment of Rob Giabardo (Technical Director of Football) and Michael Antolos (Senior Men’s Coach). We are extremely privileged to have recruited such high calibre football personnel and I welcome both Rob and Michael to our Club. Both have been extensively profiled on our website and Facebook page and I encourage you to read their profiles if you have not done so already.

Importantly, both Rob and Michael have been specifically recruited by the Club to assist our existing Football Department personnel in fulfilling the vision of creating an outstanding club culture through the technical development of both our coaches and players whilst creating a football philosophy and style of play consistently through each team at our Club as set out in Football Federations Australia’s, National Football Curriculum.

In short, the Club’s goal is to provide our players with the best opportunity to fulfil their technical abilities whilst enjoying the very game they love to play.

To help support this vision, your Executive Committee is currently exploring an affiliate relationship with Victorian NPL club, Dandenong Thunder. Such a relationship will encourage the optimum, technical development of players at our Club. Rob Giabardo’s formal association with both Clubs will greatly assist in the facilitation of such a relationship.

With the exception of the men’s 35+ team, the Executive Committee has also made the decision to leave the Bayside Football Association league and enter all teams into the FFV. This will improve the quality of our players by exposing them to the stronger competition afforded by Victoria’s governing football body.

Open for Business

In summary, 2014 will represent a landmark year in the short lived history of our Club. The completion of the Pavilion and the significant developments in Football Department personnel and philosophies will, I believe, set the foundations for our Club’s long term prosperity and hopefully leave a legacy for many generations to come. Your Executive Committee is very motivated to ensure that we will fulfil our motto of:

‘The Club To Be With’ – the best community soccer club we can be, providing our members and associates with the best coaches, the best culture, the best facilities at the best value for money.

Your Executive Committee will leave no stone unturned to achieve this mandate and I look forward to all existing and prospective members joining us on this exciting journey.

If you have any questions or feedback on anything in this Newsletter or other pertinent Club matters, please do not hesitate to contact me on PH: 0416 171 392 or at I welcome your input and look forward to seeing you be part of Chelsea FC in 2014.

Yours sincerely

Robert Dodich,


Introducing our new Technical Director of Football

Dear Chelsea FC Members and local community.

I am proud to say, after long term discussions with our President Rob and I we are excited to inform you all that Robert Giabardo will be joining Chelsea FC as our Technical Director of football for this season and beyond.
Rob’s commitment to Junior Soccer “Football” is second to none.
He not only has a very good reputation as a very good Junior coach and mentor, he has the runs on the board with success on and of the pitch.
Below are just some of Rob Giabardo achievements.

  •          FFV Coach of the year 2011
  •          In 2011 Rob took a team of Under 13 boys to compete in the San Marino youth tournament in Italy and the World Youth Cup in Sweden - which is the biggest youth tournament in the world. This was the first time that the team had ever travelled abroad, and it followed their unbelievable 2010 season when they won the Bendigo 7s, The Kanga Cup and the Gold Coast Champions Cup  - a feat no other team has ever accomplished. Yet this team was simply a club team made up of local talent who had been together for 2 years. This talented group of boys led by Rob Giabardo finished 3rd in this prestigious tournament and perormed unbelievably well in Goethenberg to finish top of ther group. They only played international academy teams and from 13 games in total, won 10, drew 1 and lost 2.
  •          Read this
  •          Rob coached 2 teams in the Gold Coast Cup tournament in 2012 where they beat quality teams from clubs around Australia.
  •          Rob also also was the coach of a under 13s squad in 2012 that were crowned State Champions in 2012.
  •          Recently in 2013 Rob and a very committed group of players and parents took 2 squads to Spain to play against the rest of the world in the Donosti Cup and Costa Blanca Cup, Robs team did extremely well over there playing at the very highest level of football that they had ever played. Both teams ended up in the 1/4 finals - the farthest any Australian team had ever gone. The U15 Storm team only conceded 4 goals in 9 matches - losing two quarter-finals in a penalty shoot out.
  •          Just a couple of weeks ago Rob along with another fine gentleman Melvin Wilkes led a large group of kids to a soccer camp at Phillip Island, read more here.
  •          Guys, here is this fine gentleman’s achievements to Junior football

Rob Giabardo, Welcome to Chelsea FC, the recruitment of you and our senior coach Mike along with our brand new pavilion and our committee we see great things for the members of Chelsea FC.

Rgs, Dom
Chelsea FC Vice President.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Have you ever thought about sponsoring the Chelsea Soccer Club?
- Over 300 players and families.
- Packages starting at $100
- Platinum sponsorships available.  Signage on Jerseys, fences, club house, phone apps, websites and more.
Contact Peter on 0409 587 710 for more information.

New Committee for 2014

At our AGM held on October 7th the 2014 committee was voted in and consists of the following people: 

Top Row L-R: Seamus Walsh (Treasurer), Peter Sinclair (Marketing), Steve Kucinic (Football co-ordinator), Juan Noguera (Football director), Tina Laudina (Functions and Social Events)
Bottom Row L-R: Peter McCarthy (Football co-ordinator), Dom Boccari (Vice President), Rob Dodich (President), Louisa Raffaele (Secretary)
Not pictured: Craig Ryan and Jessica Boccari (Functions and Social Events)

Contact details for all Executive and Operations Committee members can be found here. Chelsea FC would like to dearly thank the 2013 outgoing committee for all their hard work. 2014 is going to be a big year for the club and the executive committee will be sitting down asap to plan ahead for the coming year. More information is to follow.
There are still a few social committee spots available if you are keen to help out so please get in touch with us to find out more.

Chelsea FC is on Google+

Hi everyone - Chelsea FC does have a Google + page where we can send you private invites to events that can't be made public on this website. The Melbourne Victory training next week is a great example of this. 

Apologies that the link we just sent you is not working, but if you follow THIS LINK and create an account and befriend us you will receive all invites going forward and see the private invites we set up like the Melbourne Victory training one - it will even send reminders to you if you set your account up correctly.
Once again, apologies for the hassles, but we want to make sure this offer is only for club members and not the general public!


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