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2015 YEARBOOK


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contents 4

Chairman’s Report

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CEO’s Report

7

2015 Season Highlights

9

Valentine Sports Park

11

New Logo Launched

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Skill Acquisition Program

16

PUMA Champion of Champions

17

State Cups

19

Female Football Week

23

PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 1

24

PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 2

25

PS4 NPL NSW Women’s 1

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PS4 NPL NSW Women’s 2

29

Men’s State League 1

30

Men’s State League 2

31

Women’s State League

33

Waratah Cup

35

Westfield FFA Cup

36

International Teams

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Nations of Origin

39

Powerchair Football

41

Summer Football

42

Futsal State Cup

43

Futsal Competitions

45

National Futsal Championships

46

Football NSW State Teams

47

Football NSW Institute

48

Community Coach Education

49

Advanced Coach Education

50

Referee Development Programs

51 Schools 52

Football NSW Associations

72

Registered Player Comparison

73

Age Comparisons

74

Female Player Comparison

75

Male Player Comparison

76

Futsal Registered Player Comparison

78

Number of Clubs Comparison

79

Awards & Lifetime Members

80

Honour Roll

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chairman’s report Greg O’Rourke

Our objectives around Grow, Promote and Develop Football continue to yield significant benefits across the NSW Footprint and it is against this background of success that we all have much to be proud of as a team and as a Footballing community. Some 5 years ago the Board and Senior management of FNSW began a renewal program that is now very visual not only to those involved in its administration but for many that simply participate in our beautiful game. There were many reasons to change the way the FNSW Brand was viewed by stakeholders and whilst the job will probably never be done it is a credit to all the Board, the Management and staff at FNSW and importantly our members and participants that we have evolved into a leading sporting body not only across Football but other codes particularly at a grassroots & community level. This 2015 year book is a showcase of all things good about our game and is only a snapshot of all the activities undertaken by FNSW and its members in the pursuit of our common goals. The yearbook has contributions from all spectrums of our game and truly reflects what we have, a single code, a single purpose and a common mission. To develop the sport and the individuals within it to build strong communities. The community value that goes well beyond the kicking of a ball and extends into providing the environment for sporting activity, generations of friendships, youth discipline and leadership. In addition to our mission with people it was also our intent to build a facility that all within FNSW would be proud of and aspire to play at. It would also be a commercial

enterprise that would generate income for years to come and eventually lower the cost base for our membership. This achievement is now for all to see and the revenues and activities at VSP are in full swing whether that be to showcase National teams like the Matildas, training grounds for our NPL clubs, gala days, State Cups, Futsal championships, coaching seminars or accommodation for sporting participants or schools and other community groups to stay.

to play football and build a win rather than

The numbers of people playing our game in the FNSW footprint has never been higher with over 226,000 playing outdoor winter competition. There are two parts to this, one is the growth of 8% on last year alone and the other is bringing players into the ‘tent’. Summer Football competitions and Futsal competitions that in the past had left or initiated without affiliation have now entered FNSW competitions as the benefits were realised.

is exponential, whilst primarily for the

Some tough decisions were taken in 2015 and no more so than the introduction of A League youth teams in the NPL2 for seniors and a single layer youth program. Whilst the A-League entries were well supported the single layer youth league caused much discussion. We are yet to be a world class footballing nation and there are many reasons for this and no one single fix. This change is seen by those who supported this decision as just one of the many changes that needs to take place to improve talent in the development stages of youth football. The concept is based on allowing the players and importantly coaches to develop and build their skills without fear of relegation. It was to ensure our young players learnt how

‘kick and chase’ to win at all cost or use a ‘if in doubt kick it out’ mentality from the back so as not to concede. I would ask that people give this time to deliver on its objectives. I would like to make special mention of our Football 4 All programs and the blossoming programs in the Associations that ensure that our game is accessible to all participants including those who live with physical or intellectual challenges. The benefit here players it extends to their parents, those participating in mainstream football and all those who volunteer to assist. I believe the value in this space has only just begun to be understood. The future remains bright and I would encourage all our members and participants to continue to grow the game and focus on the enormous benefit of sport in our community. I leave the role of Chair now after 4.5 years on the Board and have enjoyed my time immensely and especially the ability to meet and work with many individuals across the game whether it be with the FFA, the A-League Clubs, our own Premier League and State league clubs, our community clubs and associations or the referees and coaches that support them. I leave with the satisfaction of where the game is situated at within FNSW and with plenty of hope for where it is to evolve given the effort of all those involved. If I was to ask for one thing it would be to commit to a unity of purpose, working together will continue our momentum and make this unambiguously the most beautiful of games.

board of directors 2015

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Greg O’Rourke

Mark Reading

Louie Apostolovski

James Chetcuti

1st Oct 2011 - Current

3rd Mar 2011 - Current

14th Mar 2014 - Current

1st Mar 2013 - Current


ceo’s report Eddie Moore

For all areas of football in NSW, 2015 has been another successful year with continued growth across the game. Our successes in increased numbers of players, qualified coaches and referees brings not only opportunity but increased demands on our administrators, volunteers and playing facilities. The 2015 Yearbook is another first for the Game. Here we review, celebrate and recognise the results, efforts and energies of all the players, coaches and referees who contribute to football in all its forms and importantly, the many thousands of volunteers who support them. The role all of our clubs play in developing and growing a vibrant and healthy community is central and vital to the fabric of our game. It is fundamental all levels of football work as one to ensure we are able to provide a sustainable and cost-effective product for all those who chose to play.

Particular thanks, appreciation and gratitude goes to Chairman Greg O’Rourke and Director Charlie Yankos for their unrelenting drive and effort in their respective roles. Both have carried themselves with absolute dignity and integrity and ensured that Football in NSW is in a far better place than when they arrived. Charlie’s expertise and experience in chairing the Project Control Group ensured that the Valentine Sports Park redevelopment was delivered on time and within budget – a fitting tribute to the vision of Charles Valentine to build on this wonderful asset. Greg has led the Board and the broader membership with strength, responsibility, accountability and dedication at all times, presenting a clear focus and commitment to grow, develop and promote the game with a

sense of common purpose and unity. They will both be missed and their impact and legacy will be long felt. We thank all the sponsors, partners and supporters of Football NSW for the important role they play in football. We

send

our

appreciation

to

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representatives at all tiers of government - Federal, State and Local - for the support, investment and services they offer our sport. I am extremely grateful for the tireless efforts of the executive team and all the Football NSW staff, who continue to build on and constantly improve our service to the football community. I offer my sincere and warm thanks to this wonderful team which contributes so much to the successes we see both on and off the field.

The Football NSW team continues to develop the central programs and services for the football community, including an integrated registration marketing program, state-wide facilities program, the highest standards in the delivery of all our competitions and added support and benefits to summer football and community futsal providers. I would like to thank the Directors and the members of the various Standing Committees, Disciplinary Committees and Tribunals who offer considerable time and energy in their respective roles with Football NSW.

Stephen Hayes

Anter Isaac

Jeanette Jones

Simon Philips

Charlie Yankos

27th Oct 2010 - Current

1st Mar 2013 - Current

1st Oct 2011 - Current

1st Oct 2011 - Current

21st Feb 2013 - Current

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Thank You Football NSW would like to thank the members of its Disciplinary Committee, General Purposes Tribunal and Appeals Tribunal for their contribution to the effective and efficient conduct of grievance and disciplinary matters in 2015. The members share a passion for our Game and volunteer a considerable amount of their time to assist Football NSW in ensuring a level playing field for all participants. This year saw a significant increase in the number of members sitting on the Disciplinary Committee resulting in improved turnaround times of determinations. In 2015, Football NSW welcomed Courtney McLean and Alex Brown on to the General Purposes Tribunal. Both Courtney and Alex bring with them legal expertise and a passion for football. In 2015, the Co-Chair of the FNSW Appeals Tribunal, Anthony Lo Surdo SC, in recognition of his specialist knowledge of arbitration and sports law, was appointed by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport as an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Football NSW congratulates Anthony on this appointment and thanks him for his continued support. In 2015, the members of the Disciplinary Committee, General Purposes Tribunal and Appeals Tribunal were: DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE Barry Hoare Marcelo Valerio Tyrone Dutt Geoff Leverton Clive Cachia Richard Arrage Theo Wisman Stan Allatt Sandra Robinson Aaron Koelmeyer

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GENERAL PURPOSES TRIBUNAL Chris Gardner (Chair) David Lewis (Vice-Chair) Andrew Barnes (Vice-Chair) Ben Jones Louis Fayd’herbe Mendo Cklamovski Ray Lovat Duncan Tweed Ian Westray Courtney McLean Alex Brown

APPEALS TRIBUNAL Anthony Lo Surdo SC (Co-Chair) Iain Todd (Co-Chair) Zali Steggall OAM (Vice-Chair) Peter Mulligan Iain Rennie Julia Sorbara Clint Dal Santo


2015 SEASON PARTICIPATION 2015 SEASON PARTICIPATION 2015 SEASON PARTICIPATION

HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS

324,601

TOTAL TOTAL PARTICIPANTS PARTICIPANTS

8% 8%

* *

PLAYERS PLAYERS

CLUBS CLUBS

COACHES COACHES

REFEREES REFEREES

293,736 293,736 13,972 13,972

706 706

5,390 5,390

GENDER PROFILE GENDER PROFILE 5-11 YRS 5-11 YRS

41.3% 41.3%

MALE 79% MALE 79%

12-17 YRS 12-17 YRS

26.4% 26.4%

GROWTH ON GROWTH ON LAST YEAR LAST YEAR

VOLUNTEERS VOLUNTEERS

11,503 11,503

FEMALE 21% FEMALE 21% 18+ YRS 18+ YRS

32.3% 32.3%

OUTDOOR OUTDOOR

SUMMER SUMMER

FUTSAL FUTSAL

SCHOOLS SCHOOLS

226,056 226,056

23,983 23,983

10,041 10,041

33,656** 33,656**

Western Plains Amateur Western Soccer Plains Association Amateur Soccer Association

*Growth in outdoor player numbers. **Players in programs delivered by Football NSW in schools, does not include school competitions. *Growth in outdoor player numbers. **Players in programs delivered by Football NSW in schools, does not include school competitions.

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Take a tour of Valentine Sports Park

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VALENTINE SPORTS PARK Signalling a new era for football, the Home of Football at Valentine Sports Park was officially opened during Football NSW’s Skill Acquisition Program Gala Day on Saturday 21st of March 2015. It’s the $22 million dollar redevelopment of

“This multi-million dollar Home of Football

“Valentine Sports Park is going to be a birthplace

the multi-purpose facility and headquarters of

was all made possible thanks to the vision and

for champions, but it’s also going to be a place

Football NSW that has played host to some of

generosity of Charles Valentine.

where men and women, boys and girls can play

the biggest names in Australian football for the past 20 years.

“It was really down to the hard work and

the game for fun in a fantastic facility.”

determination of Charles that we find ourselves

Moore reiterated how fitting it was to see the

The upgrade, which required an 18-month

here today and able to celebrate the opening of

launch coincide with SAP Gala Day.

renovation process, includes two new synthetic

this magnificent venue.

surfaces, a stadium quality grass pitch, spectator

“It is fantastic that our official opening coincided

“I would also like to thank both the Federal and

with the SAP Gala Day, showcasing the young talent

State Government for their financial contribution

on display in New South Wales and highlighting a

towards this exciting project.”

strong future for football in the state.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) CEO David

“The SAP program provides the foundation

Gallop welcomed the state of the art facility and

training for players aged U9 to U11 years

international teams to play and train.

reiterated the important role Football NSW and

that underpins the National Premier Leagues

The venue is also designed to service the sport

Valentine Sports Park plays in the growth and

NSW Men’s and Women’s competitions and is

development of the beautiful game.

consistent with the FFA National Curriculum.”

“There’s an old cliché that says build it and they

“These state of the art facilities support the

will come, but in our beautiful game the opposite

development of the game at all levels from

actually applies.

grassroots through to the elite.

“We already had the numbers, we needed the

“Valentine Sports Park will become a hub for

facilities and the game deserved something like

the football family, connecting the community

Valentine Sports Park.

through a modern facility.

the late Charles Valentine, and his forward

“A lot of hard work has gone in, a lot of people

“It is estimated over 200,000 people will pass

thinking on giving the game such an invaluable

have pulled together as one to make sure that

through the venue every year and I envisage this

investment.

this facility came to fruition.

to further grow in years to come.”

seating, amenities for players, officials and spectators, an administration block and learning centre, renovated accommodation block, futsal court, gymnasium and café which provides facilities for country NSW, interstate and

and recreation needs of the local community, with netball, volleyball, handball and basketball already making use of the facilities, in addition to the swimming pool which houses learn to swim classes by Waves Swim Academy. Football NSW CEO Eddie Moore acknowledged the original founder of this historic facility,

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“Our new visual identity means a lot to us and has been developed to reflect the way the game is continually progressing.� 10 2015 Yearbook Football NSW


NEW logo launchED A new logo was launched by Football NSW on Saturday 21st March 2015 during its monumental opening of Valentine Sports Park. This marked a new chapter for the game in NSW, which now sits in a strong position to further grow and develop in 2016. Eddie Moore, CEO of Football NSW, unveiled the company’s new identity during Football NSW’s SAP Gala Day weekend that attracted over 1800 participants who took part in a festival of football. “It was a fitting stage to have unveiled our new logo during the SAP Gala Day weekend, showcasing the young talent on display in NSW and highlighting a strong future for football in the state. The fresh brand for Football NSW coincided with a rebrand and new logo for Valentine Sports Park. Speaking at the launch of the venue, Football NSW Chairman of the Board Greg O’Rourke was positive on the future growth of the game. “This fresh new approach combining our wonderful new state of the art facility as well as the rebranding of logos is a sign that the game is changing and moving upward. “This is our time. The game is in our hands, and the future for this code has never looked brighter.”

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facilities development & government relations Assisting Associations and Clubs in the development of their venues and the accessing of funding, to improve the football experience for all. 2015 was an important year facilities-wise for many members of the football family in NSW, with a number of development projects completed, under construction, or given the green light to proceed. Several clubs got much-need upgrades of their facilities this year including Bonnet Bay FC who re-developed the clubhouse at their picturesque Lakewood City Reserve; Hornsby Heights FC benefited from a complete resurfacing of their Mountview Oval fields and Coogee United FC and Heffron Hawks FC now play on new fields under new lights at Chifley Reserve. Perhaps the most significant development of 2015 though was the increasing proliferation of synthetic fields built in NSW. Nine new synthetic football pitches were completed this year, with double fields at Melwood Oval in Forestville, Kareela Oval and at Valentine Sports Park. Pitches at Fraser Park in Marrickville, Cammeray Oval, and Thomson Reserve in Artarmon completed the list. The total number of synthetic fields in the state has doubled in the past eighteen months, with many more at the construction or planning stage, and a number of big openings set for 2016 including Lynwood Park in St Helens, the home of Macarthur FA, and Pennant Hills Park, the first for Hornsby Shire Council. The willingness of a number of Local Councils to invest in synthetic field technology is a huge boost for our sport, and Football NSW has been working hard to share information, build partnerships and encourage more of these fields to be built. Increased hours of play, a consistent quality surface all year round and play in all weather conditions are just some of the benefits synthetic fields deliver, and they form an important part of the solution to the huge problem facing our sport today, namely a lack of facilities infrastructure. With participation rates in football continuing to rise, there simply aren’t enough football facilities of the appropriate quality to meet the demands of our members. The problem is only getting worse, against a backdrop of rapid population growth, with some Associations and Clubs now having to cap their numbers.

Together with the provision of synthetic fields, Football NSW has identified the development of facilities infrastructure in three key areas as crucial to solving the facilities gap. The building of regional centres for football associations will provide improved home grounds for these organisations; the upgrading of amenities at existing venues, from playing surfaces, change rooms and clubhouses to lighting, can result in significant improvement of venues and increased participation rates and enjoyment; and the development of alternative use sites, for example transforming bowling greens or tennis courts to provide open space for matches or training can improve amenities for the whole community. All of this requires investment, and Football NSW has been working closely with Local, State and Federal Government in 2015 to advocate for funding for our sport. We have produced and shared two major documents to support this work – Meeting the Future Needs of Football; a Partnership Approach and The Community Impact of Football: Economic, Health and Social. These were published in the lead up to the NSW state election on 28th March, and together illustrated the huge demand for facilities investment with a list of over 330 priority projects identified, and highlighted the economic, health and social benefits that football delivers to our communities.

all stakeholders in a year that will provide tremendous opportunities to our members. The NSW Government Fit for the Future plan will come to fruition, with the merger of a number of Local Councils to take place. Council elections planned for September 2016 will most likely be pushed back, but we will experience a Federal election some time in 2016. 2016 is shaping up to be a huge year for a number of our Clubs and Associations, with Gladesville Hornsby FA, Southern Districts SFA and Bathurst District Football in advanced discussions regarding significant improvements to their own Homes of Football. The number of synthetic fields is set to grow again in the coming year, with new fields opening at Centennial Parklands, Heffron Park and North Turramurra. Many more are either approved or in the planning stage. It is shaping to be a great year in prospect, but the challenge remains to provide the quantity and quality of facilities to match the continued growth of our game.

The sharing of information and connecting organisations to develop a partnership approach to facilities investment has been a key strategic goal of Football NSW in the past year. On 6th November, we hosted our second annual Football Facilities Forum at Valentine Sports Park, with more than 170 attendees, including representatives from over 30 Local Councils, and 12 presentations on subjects ranging from synthetic surfaces to modular amenities blocks. The same day we launched our new website footballfacilities.com.au, which is an online resource containing a wealth of facilities information and in-depth guides available to all football stakeholders. Football NSW will continue to add to this body of work in 2016, and work closely with 2015 Yearbook Football NSW 13


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skill acquisition program It was a great year for Football NSW’s Skill Acquisition Program which took place during the course of the season with Gala Days in March, May and August. Providing a clear, professional development opportunity for young footballers in NSW underpinning the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s and Women’s competitions, 2015 was truly a busy year for the program.

Likened to a football festival for all 31 accredited Football NSW SAP Licensees from across NSW, SAP Clubs from the under 9’s, 10’s and 11’s all engaged in football matches at the newly redeveloped Valentine Sports Park.

This season also provided Football NSW with an additional opportunity to assess programs beyond those being assessed by the State Technical Director at regular match days.

With over 1600 players taking part in what were great SAP Gala Days, 2016 promises to be an even bigger and better year for all SAP Licensees involved.

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CHAMPION OF

CHAMPIONS puma champion of champions

CHAMPION OF

CHAMPIONS

The PUMA Champion of Champions 2015 Finals were played at Valentine Sports Park on Sunday 18th of October with eighteen highly entertaining matches that rocked Football NSW’s headquarters. It was the first time in four years Valentine Sports Park played host to grassroots football’s most prestigious tournament as teams from all over NSW wowed spectators in a wonderful day for the round ball game. Granville, St George, Eastern Suburbs and Blacktown proved strong at the event as they recorded two finals victories from their respective age groups while Northern Suburbs, Southern Districts, Nepean, Football South Coast, Gladesville-Hornsby, Macarthur, Manly Warringah, Canterbury, Sutherland Shire and North West Sydney Women’s all collected a title each.

PUMA CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS 2015 FINALS RESULTS 12 Boys

Castle Hill United (Granville) 1 v Forest Killarney FC (Manly Warringah) 1 AET (Castle Hill United won 4-2 on penalties)

12 Girls

Hornsby Heights (Northern Suburbs) 2 v Camden Tigers (Macarthur) 0

13 Boys

Connells Point (St George) 4 v AC United (Southern Districts) 0

14 Boys

Mt Pritchard (Southern Districts) 1 v Auburn District (Granville) 0

14 Girls

Kellyville Kolts (Granville) 2 v Shellharbour (Football South Coast) 1

15 Boys

Arncliffe Aurora (St George) 3 v AC United (Southern Districts) 1

16 Girls

Colo (Nepean) 1 v Collaroy Cromer Strikers (Manly Warringah) 0

16 Boys

Port Kembla (Football South Coast) 4 v Castle Hill United (Granville) 0

17 Boys

West Pennant Hills (Gladesville-Hornsby) 1 v Glenmore Park (Nepean) 0

18 Women

Narellan Rangers (Macarthur) 2 v Avalon SC (Manly Warringah) 0

18 Men

Wakehurst FC (Manly Warringah) 2 v Connells Point (Canterbury) 1

21 Women

Doonside Hawks (Blacktown) 2 v Miranda Magpies (Sutherland Shire) 0

21 Men

Polonia Rams (Blacktown) 3 v Lilli Pilli (Sutherland Shire) 1

All Age Women

Epping YMCA (North West Sydney Womens) 1 v Brookvale FC (Manly Warringah) 0

All Age Men

Coogee United (Eastern Suburbs) 2 v Lilli Pilli (Sutherland Shire) 1

Over 30 Women

Marton SC (Sutherland Shire) 3 v Pittwater FC (Manly Warringah) 1

Over 35 Men

Leichhardt Tigers (Canterbury) 1 v Narrabeen FC (Manly Warringah) 0

Over 45 Men

Pagewood Botany FC (Eastern Suburbs) 2 v North Rocks SC (Granville) 0

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STATE CUPS

STATE cupS Valentine Sports Park was gripped with one of the most important dates in Football NSW’s Association calendar, the State Cups 2015 Finals which were held in cold but sunny conditions on Sunday 12th of July. Members of the football family from across New South Wales took in fifteen matches as thirty teams locked horns from the Grade 12s Boys and Girls competitions right through to the Over 35 Men and All Age Women in a memorable day for all participants of football. Four age groups were named after former administrators, players and football advocates who have assisted in the development of the game in NSW. The 12 Boys were playing for the Frank Broughton Cup, the 12 Girls the Cheryl Salisbury Cup, the 21 Men the Robertson Cup while the All Age Men fought it out for the Bill Cullinan Cup. Connells Point Rovers kicked off proceedings with a tense 3-1 penalty shootout victory against Mt Pritchard, to be awarded the Frank Broughton Cup. In the Cheryl Salisbury Cup, Northbridge FC defeated Hornsby Heights 3-1 in a great spectacle.

The Robertson Cup saw an all Sutherland Association final as Menai Hawks easily disposed of their opponents Lilli Pilli 5-1.

a former NSL star marksman steered his

While in the Bill Cullinan Cup, Lilli Pilli FC proved far too strong for St George Association’s Sans Souci with a convincing 4-0 victory.

international Raphael Bove, Lorenzo Merlino

It was both the Sutherland Shire Football Association and Southern Districts Soccer Football Association that grabbed the plaudits on a great day for both Associations as they recorded three victories each in various age groups. St George, Football South Coast and Nepean had two teams from each of their Associations grab silverware while Northern Suburbs, Eastern Suburbs and Canterbury each had a team that celebrated a State Cup Final victory. Canterbury Association’s Leichhardt Tigers JFC sported a couple of familiar faces as their Over 35’s took part in a goal scoring fiesta as they powered through their State Cup match defeating Como West Jannali 7-2. Player manager Gianpaolo Buonavoglia,

team to victory with a goal while yet another former NSL player and ex-Australian youth and Jem Richardson also got in on the act. But the day belonged to one man, Robert Pirreca who turned back the clock notching a notable hat-trick that sent the home fans into raptures. In other matches, the 14 Boys category saw Southern Districts’ Mt Pritchard take glory with a 3-1 victory but had Jamie Filippone to thank bagging three goals which cancelled out Hills Puma’s only goal of the match scored by Adam Amico. It was also monumental for Connells Point Rovers from St George who had their 12 Boys and 18 Women win their State Cup Final matches while Nepean Football Association’s Colo SFC collected the major titles in the 14 and 16 Girls age groups.

STATE CUPS 2015 FINALS RESULTS 12 Boys

Connells Point Rovers 0 v Mt Pritchard 0 (Connells Point Rovers won 3-1 on penalties)

12 Girls

Northbridge 3 v Hornsby Heights 1

13 Boys

Shellharbour JFC 5 v Connells Point Rovers 4

14 Boys

Mt Pritchard 3 (J Filippone x3) v Hills Pumas 1 (A Amico)

14 Girls

Colo SFC 3 (Maddison Bell, Molly Goodsell, Emily Marks) v AC United 0

15 Boys

AC United 1 (A Chiba) v Balmain DFC 0

16 Boys

Port Kembla 1 (E Kamara) v St Augustines 0

16 Girls

Colo SFC 2 (M McKerrell, B Pelle) v Lindfield FC 1 (P Cars)

17 Boys

Southern Districts FC 3 (K Pediotis, Z Hawchar, A Talevski) v Parramatta City FC 1 (J Lagaoutaris)

18 Men

Gymea FC 5 (B Foster, J Young x 2, B Wilcox x 2) v Balmain DFC 1 (A Barca)

18 Women 21 Men All Age Men All Age Women Over 35 Men

Connells Point Rovers 1 (L Appleton) v Avalon SC 0 Menai Hawks 5 (A Agius, C Davaram, J Snellenburg, L Sparke, B Towwell) v Lilli Pilli 1 FC (L McCosker) Lilli Pilli FC 4 (A Judd, S Thomas, D Reid, J Gardner) v Sans Souci FC 0 Dunbar Rovers 4 (J Novakova, B Seers x 2, M Thorarinsdottir) v Wakehurst FC 1 (A Phillips) Leichhardt Tigers JFC 7 (R Bove, L Merlino, G Buonavoglia, J Richardson, R Pirecca x 3) v Como West Jannali 2 (T Calderwood, L Dowling) 2015 Yearbook Football NSW 17


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FEMALE FOOTBALL

female football week In May, the week-long festival of female football had it all – the Matildas, the Ellyse Perry Challenge and hundreds of young girls enjoying the facilities at Valentine Sports Park.

Westfield Matildas light up VSP Valentine Sports Park was gripped with Westfield Matildas fever as Alen Stajcic’s 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup charges spent the week training, playing matches as well as interacting with fans at Football NSW’s cracking new facilities at Glenwood.

also had the ideal opportunity to watch their

“Football NSW were honoured to have had

favourite stars, with Kyah Simon, Lisa De

such a talented group of female football

Ranked tenth in the world, the Matildas used the facility ahead of their 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign, they performed brilliantly, reaching the quarter final stages before losing out to Japan 1-0.

attended, the Westfield Matildas then signed

“It was a fitting touch to what has been a great

autographs and posed for happy snaps as

week for female football as part of Football

the vocal crowd watched their star female

NSW’s initiative ‘Female Football Week’.

The Westfield Matildas were pooled in Group D, the so called “Group of Death” and faced the USA ranked two, Sweden ranked five and Nigeria ranked 33.

the final day that featured small sided games

Valentine Sports Park was an ideal setting for the side as the entire FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament was played on artificial surface. During the week-long stay, the Westfield Matildas utilised various facilities in the new venue which included the dining room and accommodation. Fans and current female players across NSW

Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Steph Catley and Emily van-Egmond on show, with an open training session staged at the venue. Much to the delight of the hundreds that

footballers in action. A special Gala Day event was also organised on for a number of keen female football stars who took in expert tips from their heroes. The final evening featured a Westfield Matildas Dinner as Football NSW acknowledged the achievements of the national team thus far

players utilising our facility as part of their World Cup preparations,” said Football NSW CEO Eddie Moore.

“It was fantastic to have seen so many aspiring female football players across all ages gather in watching their stars on show. Out of the 25 squad members, it was pleasing to see a number of familiar faces hailing from New South Wales.

as over 100 guests enjoyed a special night

Alanna Kennedy, Leena Khamis, Nicola Bolger,

wishing the team well.

Servet Uzunlar, Teresa Polias, Caitlin Foord

It was a fitting end to what was a memorable

and Kyah Simon as well as Head Coach Alen

week for both the Westfield Matildas and

Stajcic were all part of the NSW Institute of

Football NSW. We were privileged to have had the team prepare for the biggest female

Sport.

football spectacle this year.

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Ellyse Perry Challenge The Ellyse Perry Challenge, a joint initiative

With trained staff from each sport, the girls

with Football NSW and Cricket NSW, took

played both cricket and football, learning skills

centre stage at Valentine Sports Park on

and playing games which all girls thoroughly

Tuesday 12th May 2015 as schoolgirls from

enjoyed.

around the district gathered for an eventful

The Ellyse Perry Challenge provides participants

day.

an opportunity to try two great sports, learn

Aimed at girls from years five to eight, the event leverages football and cricket and encourages girls to lead healthier and active lifestyles. It was also significant that the event played a pivotal role in Football NSW’s Female Football Week, a week-long festival of football that included appearances from the Westfield Matildas as well as school visits promoting the round ball game.

new skills, as well as meeting Ellyse herself. The well-known all-rounder enjoyed a fantastic day for both sports as she continued to fly the flag as a key ambassador praising the new facility at Glenwood. “It’s been really fun. I certainly enjoyed meeting all the girls and I hope they had a lot of fun too. “They’re phenomenal facilities here at Football NSW which has really added to the event. “It’s been nicely setup on the one field and to

have some great weather also has aided to what’s been a very enjoyable day. Perry is the youngest person, male or female, to represent Australia in cricket and the first Australian woman to have appeared in both cricket and football World Cups. The 24-year-old, who plays football for Sydney FC in the Westfield W-League and NWS Koalas in the PS4 NPL NSW Women’s 1 competition was delighted with the drive each participant shared on the day. “It’s always really wonderful to see young girls having a go, particularly playing football and cricket which are two sports that are really important to me but more importantly it is really nice to give them an opportunity and to see lots of smiling and lots of energy has been really delightful.”

AIA Vitality MiniRoos AIA Vitality MiniRoos for Girls clinics

exercises to introduce the fundamental skills

celebrating Female Football Week were

of football across a range of fun and engaging

held at Blue Hills Oval for Glenmore Park FC

game-based programs.

and at Valentine Sports Park for Glenwood Redbacks. The aim of the session was to celebrate

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Over 80 girls attended both clinics representing the U6 to U10 age groups.

Female Football Week and promote AIA Vitality

It was a great opportunity for the girls to

MiniRoos football for girls of all abilities, age

play together and learn the game from one

4–11 years old using short, game based

another.


Female football festival Gala Day It was a fun filled football affair as Westfield

The event coordinator, Andrew Fathers,

Westfield Matildas and Sydney FC players

W-League players flocked to the Female Football

reiterated how well received the day was.

Kyah Simon, Alana Kennedy, Nicola Bolger

Festival Gala Day at Valentine Sports Park.

“With the success of the weekend event,

Teams from across Sydney Metro, Western NSW

additional female only gala days will be

and the Mid North Coast, participated in non-

looked at for 2016.”

competitive matches across the day as players soaked in the fun and excitement of the world game.

Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers were put through their paces in a light

A highlight of the day was when players

training session after the matches were

from both Sydney FC and Western Sydney

completed.

Wanderers arrived at the venue to meet

Football NSW Game Development Manager

players, sign autographs and have photos

Hayley Todd was delighted with the turn-up and

taken.

promotion the festival achieved.

and Leena Khamis.

Both coaches Dan Barrett (Sydney FC) and Norman Boardman (WSW) were impressed with the players which they saw during

Players from the PS4 NPL NSW Women’s

the morning and the event as a whole in

“The event was a huge success in highlighting the

competitions – Renee Rollason, Princess

development of female players across the state

Ibini (Sydney FC) along with Michelle Carney

and that not only is it the girl’s time to shine, it

(Golden

Mathyssen-

Westfield Matildas Coach Alan Stajcic was

showed that the future is extremely bright for

Whyman (2015 Goalkeeper of the Year and

in attendance and was excited to see the

women’s football in the years to come.”

(Western Sydney Wanderers) were joined by

development of the women’s game.

Boot

2015),

Jada

promoting the women’s game.

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The girls showcased their skills by participating in 1 v 1 games, a skills session and small sided games. The girls were able to take away physical skills such as running, eye-hand coordination and ball skills. Overall the girls improved their self-esteem and gain confidence while learning the basic skills of the game without the added pressure

of performing in games against other teams. All the girls walked away with a big smile and learning new skills from the clinic. Football NSW Schools Coordinator and former Westfield Matildas star Renee Rollason was delighted with the outcome of both clinics. “This was a great opportunity for the girls to make friends and enhance their social skills.” Register at miniroos.com.au

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ps4 NPL NSW men’s 1 Bonnyrigg crowned Champions as Blacktown City clinch Premiership.

It was a memorable season for the Blacktown City FC club as they were crowned PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 1 Premiers for 2015 as well as going on to win the PS4 National Premier Leagues Finals Series Grand Final defeating Western Australian outfit Bayswater City 3-1. Mark Crittenden’s men finished the season top of the pops, five points clear of second placed APIA Leichhardt Tigers, who had a credible season but fell at the last hurdle in the finals series – they were knocked out by City who smashed six past them to all but end their finals run. Bonnyrigg White Eagles took out the PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 1 Championship by defeating Blacktown City FC in the Grand Final at Leichhardt Oval by two goals to nil, which proved to be the only blip for Crittenden’s squad.

Sydney Olympic and South Coast Wolves, rounded off the top five as both teams experienced good results this year. The Wolves performed especially well after parting company with former coach Nahuel Arrarte mid season and appointing former Wolves player Jacop Timpano, who did considerably well.

Spartans, Sutherland Sharks and Parramatta FC all ended up in the bottom half of the ladder while it was a dismal season for Marconi Stallions who finished wooden spooners recording only two wins for the year which ultimately saw them relegated to the PS4 NPL 2 NSW Men’s competition in 2016.

Rockdale City Suns were disappointed to have missed out on a finals series spot as were Sydney United 58 FC who had an injury riddled year that hurt Mark Rudan’s men although they did take out the Waratah Cup with a 1-0 victory over Blacktown City. Manly United, Blacktown 2015 Yearbook Football NSW 23


ps4 npl nsw men’s 2 Hakoah Sydney City East FC clinch promotion into New South Wales’ top flight, winning the Club Championship in their first year in the competition. As always, the PlayStation 4 NPL NSW Men’s 2 competition was a very competitive league, with the newly promoted Hakoah Sydney City East (State League 1 Premiers in 2014) entering the division for the first time while the relegated St George (down from the PlayStation 4 NPL NSW Men’s 1) looked to regroup. But there can be little doubt that the team which dominated the league was Spirit FC, coached by John McLafferty. Hailing from the Gladesville Hornsby association, Spirit took the lead in Round Eight and didn’t look back. Spirit had opened up a nine point lead by round fifteen and while new boys Hakoah pushed them all the way, Spirit ultimately won the title by eight points, officially deemed Premiers in the final week, after Hakoah dropped points in a midweek rescheduled game. The season had started well for Central Coast FC and Northern Tigers, who along with Spirit

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and Hakoah, virtually had a mortgage on the top four positions for most of the year.

were “awarded” last position on the final day.

The battle for fifth and the last of the final’s positions was closely fought between Bankstown Berries, Bankstown City, Fraser Park and Mount Druitt Town Rangers, but it was Bankstown City, led by new coach Leo Carle, who ultimately prevailed with one round to go.

nine match winning streak between rounds four

Bankstown City had taken some time to get into gear and the first half of the season had been somewhat inconsistent results wise, but only two losses (from eleven matches) in the second round saw them take fifth. It was a difficult year for St George and last season’s Grand Final winners Macarthur Rams, especially in the second half of the season. Their year never really got going while the wooden spoon was a contest between Sydney University and Mounties Wanderers. Both clubs struggled for results all season before Mounties

But it was Spirit FC who deserve the plaudits, a and twelve setting up their season. They had the best attack, scoring a neat half century of goals, while also the best defence, only conceding sixteen in the regular season, resulting in a massive +34 goal difference. Hakoah Sydney City East, coached by Mark Robertson, won the Club Championship, which earnt them the right to seek promotion to the PlayStation 4 NPL NSW Men’s 1, an excellent effort which has seen them promoted twice in two seasons. It was to be the Northern Tigers though who would reign supreme and be crowned Champions of the PlayStation4 NPL NSW Men’s 2, taking out the Grand Final over Bankstown City FC 2-1 at Sydney United Sports Centre.


ps4 NPL nsw WOMEN’S 1 Sydney University SFC were all smiles as they secured the Championship, while Macarthur Rams blitzed the regular season and earned themselves the Premiership. Ten teams started the PlayStation 4 NPL NSW Women’s 1 competition with the Macarthur Rams showing their dominance, taking out the Premiership with three games to go.

The Grand Final saw arguably the two best teams of the competition contest it with University defeating the Rams in a pulsating 5-4 win, the Rams second consecutive Grand Final defeat.

Honourable mentions must go to Michelle Carney from the Illawarra Stingrays who has made the Golden Boot award hers, winning it for the third successive year. Jada Mathyssen-Whyman season in goals for the collecting seven clean conceding 12 goals in 14 Grand Final.

also had a great Macarthur Rams, sheets and only games before the

Blacktown Spartans snuck into second place after a fantastic run in to the end of the season while Sydney University and Manly United rounded out the top four. It meant that the Football NSW Institute would miss out on defending their Championship win from 2014.

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PS4 NPL nsw WOMEN’S 2 Marconi Stallions set the standard in 2015, claiming a Grand Final victory off the back of an impressive regular season in which they also finished on top. Eight teams began the PlayStation 4 NPL

Caitlin Jarvie had a spectacular season

Women’s 2 2015 season. Marconi Stallions were

and was lauded for the way she would

by far the standout side of the competition.

regularly run the show for the league’s

Boasting the most talented and deepest

best team. Rochelle Borromeo from

squad

Sutherland also had an impressive

(they

won

the

Reserve

Grade

Premiership by 13 points however missed

year and is certainly one to watch

out on a Grand Final win) in the league they

for the future.

powered their way to a 22 point victory in the race for the Premiership, dropping only

Danielle Calvi was a standout

seven points throughout the season.

and her league high 20 goals

Marconi faced Sutherland in the Grand Final and in the end, much as they had all season,

for the season powered Sydney Olympic into the

Marconi turned it on when they needed it

Finals Series and you feel

most, running out 2-1 winners thanks to an

she could raise the bar even

89th minute winner from Jenna Kingsley.

higher next season.

Southern Branch were particularly impressive, finishing the league in second place after coming from last place just before the halfway point of the year.

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MEN’S STATE LEAGUE 1 North Shore Mariners FC were named Champions after defeating Hills Brumbies in the Grand Final.

STATE LEAGUE

Another season has ended in Men’s State League 1 after 22 rounds of furious action and a competitive championship series crowned North Shore Mariners as deserved champions in their third straight Grand Final led by coach Joe Haywood. The Mariners were pushed all the way this season by the impressive Rydalmere Lions led by joint top-scorer Zakeriya Elrich who netted eleven goals. Hills Brumbies sat second for most of the season but had injury issues that they fought off for a position in the Men’s State League 1 Grand Final. Balmain Tigers had a successful season, making it to the Preliminary Final once again and of course their historic Westfield FFA Cup appearance against Melbourne Victory was a special occasion. The team they defeated

in week one, Dulwich Hill stumbled early but once they signed Sam Messam they were back in the scoring books, ultimately finishing fifth.

Hawkesbury City had a late charge at

Stanmore Hawks found some form late in the season to finish sixth and played the most entertaining game of the year, a thrilling 4-4 against Dulwich Hill.

respectable seventh. Inter Lions had flashes

qualifying

for

the

Finals

Series

with

an undefeated final month to finish a of brilliant football headed by their wins over Dulwich Hill and Hills Brumbies with captain coach Lachlan Wright a determined force in midfield.

Granville Rage caused the upset of the season when they broke North Shore Mariners undefeated streak 2-0 in round 21 and the goalscoring effort of the year in Zachary Watter’s four goal haul.

Kiriakos Tohouroglou was his usual rock at the back for Gladesville Ryde aided by the staunchest of defenses in the league. Western NSW racked up the travel but held their own with Kane Hughes banging in the goals. Nepean FC had their moments this season in a wild 5-3 victory over Western NSW in an up and down season.

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MEN’S STATE LEAGUE 2 Dunbar Rovers were promoted to the PlayStation 4 NPL 3 NSW Men’s competition while Southern Districts claimed Grand Final honours at Valentine Sports Park. It was an exhilarating season of Men’s State League 2 with competition debutants Dunbar Rovers taking out both the Premiership and Club Championship. While it was a stellar season for the newcomers, State League veterans Southern Districts (who finished second in the club championship race) won the Grand Final with a convincing 2-0 victory over Dunbar. In the goal-scoring department, Southern District’s Mitchell Mclintock finished equal first on 18 goals (with Western Condor’s Maurcio Navarette) after he scored both goals in the Grand Final. The Player of the Year in the Men’s State League 2 was Andrew Doddy from Dunbar Rovers, who showed pure class, control and dictated every match he played in. Highlights of his include his brilliant chip, through-ball assist to Ian Clayton who finished with a volley against the Wanderers, as well as his two bombs from improbable range at Ernie Smith Reserve.

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In terms of counter-attacking football, while Southern Districts showed a superb display in the Grand Final, in terms of consistency throughout the season, you couldn’t go past Hurstville FC, who caused havoc against every team they versed.

In their first ever season as an organization, the Wagga City Wanderers picked up their maiden win in the second last round of the season when they downed FC Gazy Lansvale 5-2 at home. With a front three that included Henry Kamleitner, Denis Cutura and Michael Karagiannis, most of Hurstville FC’s goals scored began well inside their own half. While there were a number of contenders for goal of the season, including Mauricio

STATE LEAGUE

Navarrete’s fantastic run and finish in the 90th minute to steal victory against University of NSW in Round 15 and Camden Tigers

winger,

Bailey

Simpson’s

long-

ranged volley against the Hurstville City Minotaurs at Ron Dine Reserve in Round Nine, it was Sean Burke’s flick- up volley in Round 17 against Southern Districts that wowed the most. University of NSW showed improvement despite fading towards the back end of the season through injuries, while FC Gazy Lansvale and the Hurstville City Minotaurs showed a lot of promise through their youngsters. Prospect

United

meanwhile

displayed

their resilience at the end of the Men’s State League 2 season when they won four important fixtures to keep them in the hunt for a Finals Series berth.


WOMEN’S STATE LEAGUE The 2015 Women’s State League season was one to remember, with Western NSW Mariners FC finishing Premiers and Bankstown City FC crowned Champions. Western NSW Mariners FC dominated the majority of the regular season, despite having to handle a difficult travel schedule. The talismanic Jessica Salomoni found the back of the net eighteen times, bursting inside from the wing. Boasting consistent quality from defence to attack, the Mariners finished as comfortable Premiers. However, it would be Bankstown City FC to steal the show come Finals Series. Bankstown were the league’s most explosive side throughout the season, with incredible attacking assets in Samantha Muscat, Melissah Parlato and Tania Baban; held back by periods of inconsistency. Their form in the Finals Series was a force to be reckoned with, however, and they convincingly dispatched the Mariners in the Major Semi Final, before repeating the effort in the Grand Final to claim the Championship. St George FC enjoyed a steady, impressive season which saw them occupy third place for almost the entirety. Despite playing superb football, ousting the two teams ahead of them

STATE LEAGUE

proved a constant difficulty for the Saints. Nevertheless, the combination of Georgia Koinis and Rachelle Wang in attack was one of the league’s most potent dynamics, while Susanne Gallagher in defence impressed all year.

Series. In the end they were beaten to the punch by an outsider in Gladesville. Both sides will be disappointed with their finishes this season (fifth and sixth respectively), despite having played decent football throughout the year.

The Gladesville Ravens were one of this season’s success stories; despite an incredibly trying period in the middle of the season which saw them fall down the table.

Parramatta FC endured a difficult maiden Women’s State League season, where they will have learnt a lot of lessons. The year began positively for the newcomers, who played exciting, attacking football. However as the season wore on and injuries took their toll the Parramatta side struggled to compete. They can take some solace in finishing seventh, rather than in last place.

The Ravens showed great resilience to surge up the ladder and claim a spot in the Finals Series. Noelle Loyzaga scored an incredible twenty one goals, backed up by the finesse of Kate Butler-Howell and Celeste Loyzaga in midfield. Mt Druitt Town Rangers FC and APIA Leichhardt Tigers fought neck and neck for the majority of the 2015 season, competing for fourth place and a spot in the Finals

At the bottom of the ladder the Southern District Emeralds had a season to forget. Winning only two games all year, the Emeralds were simply outclassed in 2015 and have a lot of work to do over the break. They can only go up from here. One highlight was the performance of striker Sheree Bryant, who managed to score sixteen times in only twenty appearances.

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tHE FINAL WHISTLE WAS MUSIC TO THE EARS OF sydney UNITED 58 AND ITS FANS AS RUDAN’S SIDE CLAIMED THE PRIZE

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WARATAH Cup

WARATAH CUP Sydney United 58 FC were crowned the Waratah Cup Champions for 2015 after outlasting Blacktown City 1-0 in a tense clash at Valentine Sports Park. A Chris Triantis goal in the 85th minute was

but his headed effort was blocked by a

yard box was saved by Blacktown City’s diving

all it took for Mark Rudan’s side to secure the

scrambling Zach Cairncross.

goalkeeper Nenad Vekic.

It took until the 44th minute for the best

The combination troubled Vekic again only

silverware after 90 absorbing minutes. It was a tough defeat for Blacktown City who paid the ultimate price for a defensive lapse in the dying minutes of the match.

chance of the half. Mitchell Mallia broke free of his marker before receiving the ball on the penalty spot.

Early nerves got the better of Sydney United 58

However his weak shot was easily contained

FC and Danny Choi was unlucky not to open the

by Justin Pasfield in the Sydney United 58 net.

scoring for Blacktown City after only 45 seconds.

Returning to the field after the break, Blacktown

The pacy winger found himself in space

City looked to impose itself on the match.

courtesy of a quality pass from Patrick Antelmi

It was Mallia again who posed the threat with a

before blasting his shot high and wide.

jinking run through three United 58 defenders

The early scare proved to be the wake-up call that Rudan’s side needed. A more defensive outlook from Sydney United 58 FC side stifled the attack of Blacktown City. It took until the 26th minute for City to claim only its second shot on goal when Connor Evans headed wide after breaking free of his marker. Blacktown City had a defensive scare of their own 36 minutes in when Matt Lewis conceded a free kick on the right hand edge of the penalty area.

in the 54th minute. However the midfielder was unable to finish with his shot hammered right into the path of Pasfield. As the half progressed Sydney United 58 FC began to undo the shackles and open up the game plan. Lead by Nikas, United pushed forward and challenged the City defence with quick

minutes later when Stamatellis unleashed another stinging shot which was once again saved by the Blacktown City keeper. The pressure of the Waratah Cup Final finally became too much for Blacktown City in the 85th minute. A loose clearance from the defence fell at the feet of Triantis who wasted no time in placing his shot past the outstretched arms of Vekic and into the back of the net. With

the

seconds

ticking

away,

Mark

Crittenden’s side sent everything forward to send the match into extra time. Despite the extra attacking impetus from last year’s cup winners, Sydney United 58 held firm in defence and stopped Blacktown City

counter attacks.

from creating any true chances.

Man of the match Mitchell Stamatellis provided

The final whistle was music to the ears of

Nikas with the perfect opportunity and was

United 58 and its fans as Rudan’s side claimed

curling

unlucky not to capitalise in the 63rd minute.

yet another piece of silverware, having won

delivery found Nathan Sherlock unmarked

Nikas’ powerful volley from the edge of the 18

the Preseason Cup earlier in the year.

Deadball

specialist

Panni

Nikas’

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WESTFIELD FFA CUP It was a bag of mixed results as New South Wales teams Blacktown City, Sydney Olympic, Sydney United 58 FC, Rockdale City Suns and Balmain Tigers all participated in the 2015 Westfield FFA Cup. After a rocky start to the inaugural Westfield FFA Cup in 2014, it was Sydney United 58 FC, Sydney Olympic and Rockdale City Suns who managed to win themselves a spot in the tournament’s Round of 16, however all three bombed out.

Sydney United 58 FC were taken to penalties

A lot was expected from Premiers Blacktown City FC but for the second successive season suffered an early exit at home with a 2-1 loss to South Australian National Premier Leagues side MetroStars SC.

Premier League’s Heidelberg United 2-0.

There was to be no giant killing at Leichhardt Oval as the tournaments lowest placed club, Balmain Tigers FC, from the Men’s State League 1 competition were outclassed 6-0 by the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League Champions Melbourne Victory.

match at Jubilee Oval which ended in a 3-2 win

Sydney Olympic won their first match when they defeated Capital Football’s Gungahlin United 1-0 in Canberra but exited the tournament with a 3-1 loss to Victorian NPL side Hume City FC.

by Tasmanian outfit South Hobart FC after the match ended 3-3. The Reds held their nerve to win on penalties 3-1 but were knocked out in the following round by the Victorian National

Rockdale City Suns were heroic in their Round of 16 departure. After defeating Football West’s Perth SC in Sydney 3-1 they went down to Melbourne Victory in what was a pulsating for Kevin Muscat’s men. Last season just two out of six Football NSW clubs progressed to the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16 and this year the task was equally as difficult for the five clubs involved. All hopes are pinned for a more competitive run in the Westfield FFA Cup for our New South Wales sides in 2016.

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international teams It was an amazing spectacle as FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 participants Colombia, Mexico, Ghana and Fiji took part in friendly matches at Valentine Sports Park, with the venue playing a pivotal role in their tournament preparations.

All matches were played at a ferocious pace and in good spirits in what were healthy crowds of 300-400 fans. The Vietnamese Women’s National Team as well as our very own Westfield Matildas also made good use of Valentine Sports Park. Alen Stajcic’s squad used the facility as part of their FIFA Women’s World Cup preparations that took place in Canada in 2015. The Westfield Matildas held a week long camp at Football NSW’s headquarters. Several international clubs trained at Valentine Sports Park as well. AFC Champions League outfits Guanghzhou Evergrande from China and Kashima Antlers from Japan utilised the facility during the lead up to their group matches against Hyundai A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers. 36 2015 Yearbook Football NSW


FOOTBALL4ALL Over 250 participants from various special needs organisations across NSW engaged in the seventh annual Nova Employment Football4all Gala Day on Sunday 15th June at Valentine Sports Park. It was a carnival like atmosphere and a fantastic day in Sydney with former Socceroos stars Mark Bosnich and Nick Carle as well as Blacktown City Mayor Stephen Bali making an appearance to assist in handing out awards and medals.

participate in the Gala Day while the North West Sydney Women’s team is an all-female program along with vision impaired players who were using an audible ball in order to participate.

festivities by assisting with the event on the day. Nova Employment volunteers ran the barbecue and put in a tremendous effort to make sure the event was that little bit more special.

The ever popular jumping castles and guest appearances by the NSW Police Force, NSW Fire Brigade and AIA Vitality MiniRoos activations were present on the day as competitors from various age groups took part in multiple small sided games.

Powerchair Football made its appearance for the third successive year. The Gala Day was well received by the participants as it is renowned as being one of the fastest growing sports for powered wheelchair users around the globe.

Martin Wren, CEO of Nova Employment was delighted to throw his support behind this magnificent event.

The continual growth of the Nova Employment Football4all Gala Day promoted Football NSW’s commitment to athletes with a disability.

Over 30 participants took part in the Powerchair Football offering, representing teams from the four A-League clubs in New South Wales.

Football NSW CEO Eddie Moore reiterated that statement and was full of praise of the event. “It was great to have once again staged this wonderful event at our very own headquarters. “Football NSW is committed to supporting opportunity for athletes with disabilities to participate in football as players, coaches, referees or administrators and we are committed to developing an environment where accessibility and diversity are valued and nurtured.

Central Coast Mariners, Newcastle Jets, Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC all took part in the event, their talents on show for the hundreds of interested spectators present to watch local talent in action. Football NSW was greatly assisted by our major partner NOVA Employment for the Football4all Gala Day celebrations. NOVA Employment joined in on the Football4All

“Nova Employment have been involved with Football4all for 4 years now and we get such a thrill from the Gala Day. “Seeing the enthusiasm and the smiling faces from not only the participants but the coaches, parents, carers and volunteers really hits home for us. It’s a day that brings together the community and allows everyone to share a common passion.” Football NSW wishes to thank all the clubs, associations and staff who were involved in making the day such a success and would like to especially congratulate all the participants, coaches and family members for their inspirational support for NOVA Employment Football4all.

“Nova Employment Football4all has now been running for seven years and is going from strength to strength, I want to congratulate everyone who participated in the event and of course thank all the volunteers and staff who made it possible. “Nova Employment Football4all is a fantastic initiative which Football NSW will continue to grow and develop for years to come.” St Michaels Knights Soccer Club, Illawarra Independent Program, Kellyville Soccer Club ‘Super Soccer’, Kings Langley Open Goals Special Needs Program, Macarthur Magic, Snapp A Roos, Nepean Soccer Dragons, Sutherland Titans FC, North West Women’s FC, West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook FC, Wagga Wagga Football4all and Manly United FC were the clubs that took part in the Gala Day. It was also a memorable Nova Employment Football4all Gala Day for Wagga Football4all and NWS Women’s Football teams. Wagga were the first ever regional program to 2015 Yearbook Football NSW 37


NATIONS OF ORIGIN The 2015 Nations of Origin took place at Speers Point, Lake Macquarie in late June this year as 32 teams representing the traditional Indigenous nations took part in a football tournament. Each team represented a nation wearing a uniform created by the Nation’s contemporary community and indigenous elders. In what was a fun filled tournament, Wiradjuri Gugas took out the Girls Tournament while Awabakal A took out the Boys section. The Nations of Origin concept is a joint initiative of Football New South Wales (FNSW), Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) the Police and Community Youth Clubs (PCYC) and traditional indigenous nations. The Tournament is designed to promote reconciliation within communities by engaging Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and people of non-Aboriginal heritage. The concept for the tournament was initiated after consultation with Aboriginal communities across NSW and young people with ways in which to commence reconciliation and provide an avenue for the young Indigenous community to commence discussion within their families and communities on their cultural identities.

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powerchair football If Wheelchair Rugby is ‘murderball’ then to call Powerchair Football ‘cage fighting’ is not too big a stretch.

First conceived in France in the 1970s, Powerchair Football quickly took off around Europe, North America and Asia with Australia finally coming to the party in 2010. Since then however, Powerchair Football has quickly gained traction, with the Poweroos finishing seventh at the last World Cup and aiming for at least a semi-final berth in 2016. Around this game disability is a dirty word because what these men and women can achieve with a lot of teamwork and an oversized ball has to be seen to be believed Armed only with their electric wheelchairs, with a cage attached to the front to hit the ball, the best players in Australia descended on Kevin Betts Stadium, Mount Druitt for the 2015 Australian National Powerchair Championship. The tournament was officially opened by the Governor of New South Wales his Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley. New South Wales set out on the 2015 Nationals campaign with the goal of going one better this time around after having fallen at the final hurdle last year, going down 2-0 to Queensland in the final.

After a gruelling championship the cream of

impressed with the talent on offer on what was

the crop in Powerchair football across Australia

a memorable finale.

were on hand to witness what was a heart

“I really have never seen anything like this in

NSW and Australian Captain Chris Suffield reflected upon the 2014 Nationals Campaign.

stopping final which saw NSW crowned the

“We were really disappointed losing to Queensland in the final at the last Nationals.

Champions after defeating Queensland 4-3

The 2015 NSW Powerchair team:

on penalties in what was a fantastic Australian

Jordan Crane – Sydney FC

National Championship.

Abdullah Karim – Sydney FC

“We’ve got a lot of work to do but we want to win it back”. The 2015 National Powerchair championship was one of the most heavily contested in its short history, with a mammoth schedule featuring twenty-seven matches over five days. The 2015 championship was contested by five states and played host to two New Zealand based teams: • New South Wales • Queensland • South Australia • Victoria • Western Australia • Canterbury • Auckland

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The match was locked at 2-2 before extra time goals were scored at each end which sent the match into the dreaded penalty shootouts.

my life, it was an amazing match to watch.”

Jacob Cross – Western Sydney Wanderers Ben Keyte – Western Sydney Wanderers Andrew Kim – Sydney FC Dimitri Lilio-Davis – Newcastle Jets

It was the NSW side that calmed their nerves

Chris Suffield – Central Coast Mariners

and fought the mental barrier coming out

Chris Turnbull – Central Coast Mariners

winners in the end.

With a high level of skill but low regard for

NSW and Australian Powerchair coach Peter

self-preservation,

Turnbull was impressed by the level of

Football exponents in the country showed

competition and stated how amazing the finals

why this is a burgeoning spectator sport

match was.

with

“It was quite simply the best game of Powerchair football I have ever witnessed anywhere in the world, it was that good.” While

Australian

Powerchair

Football

Association President Matt Cross equally was

powerful

the

backing

best

from

Powerchair

A-League

clubs like the Western Sydney Wanderers, Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets, Melbourne City, Brisbane Roar and Central Coast Mariners and support from state member federations such as Football NSW. The future is bright for powerchair football. 2015 Yearbook Football NSW 39


Providing an ideal platform of playing football all year round, this social version of the beautiful game has given participants the opportunity to keep fit throughout the summer months across all age groups. 40 2015 Yearbook Football NSW


Summer football Summer Football has continued to kick goals for the 2015 season with as many as seventeen new venues jumping on board Football NSW’s ever popular competition. With player records set to be broken with current registrations over the 26,000 mark, the increase in venues has once again displayed the important role Summer Football plays in the development of the sport.

“THIS SUMMER TURN MATES INTO TEAMMATES”

73.9%

The gender split has shown that 73.9% are male and 26.1% are female while a further 74.8% have come across from outdoor football continuing their love for the game after their respective winter seasons have completed. It’s also been recorded that 25.2% of new players have come on board all of which have either taken up the sport for the first time or have rekindled their love affair for the beautiful game.

Key learnings from 2014 were that the affiliation process was conducted more consistently

and

the

information

was

provided to centres earlier. The marketing aspect of Summer Football was also at a new level as it was promoted more efficiently online and via social media. An official Football NSW Play Summer Football

26.1% video was created for the purpose of the new season and this has been well received.

This has now brought the number of venues to 66 affiliated centres.

The Facilities

The Structure

The major talking point has been the increase

Summer Football competitions are conducted by Football NSW clubs and associations from September to March. Keeping fit and playing the beautiful game all year round at the 66 affiliated venues across NSW provides a great experience for the whole family to enjoy with its flexible yet consistent model.

26.1%

73.9%

of venues in Summer Football as 66 affiliated venues have played host to a number of matches on a weekly basis.

The Exposure

The Northern Beaches especially have taken The interest in Football NSW’s Summer to the game immensely as Manly Warringah’s Football has increased ten-fold with Football Summer Football centre at Cromer Park has NSW’s Game Development Manager Hayley had over 2000 players grace its artificial turf 26.1% 73.9% Todd impressed with the rapid traction the on a weekly basis. sport has achieved. Players 6 to 11 years will love the discovery Ash Road Sporting Complex, run by Southern phase of football in a non-competitive “Summer Football has come through leaps Districts as well as APIA Leichhardt Tigers’ atmosphere whilst players 12 years and and bounds and continues to impress the home of football, Lambert Park have also above have the ability to show off their skills sporting community. 26.1% 73.9% had a great turnout of players with over 1700 and compete in a fun and safe environment. “The level of interest for the game has registered. Along with the normal Summer Football risen considerably and that’s thanks to the 14,460 While outside Sydney, Shoalhaven District Season, there is also a special Summer structure and the venue hosts who have Football Association’s South Nowra Football Football Champion of Champions component done a tremendous job in facilitating these

73.9%

26.1%

attached to it.

WINTER The Champion of Champions tournament is a celebration of the summer of football and IN 2015the teams that have had success on the pitch YES 74.8% NO

in Summer Football Open Mens and Open Womens competitions.

73.9%

Grounds has done a remarkable job with over

matches on a week to week basis. “Along with an increase in venues and the fact that registrations are still on-going, the Summer Football 2015/2016 season is on course to breaking a number of records.” 26.1%

4,372

4,098

Football NSW deliver this tournament at no 14,460 additional cost to affiliated Summer Football 25.2% competition operators or participating teams 6 - 15 16 - 25 with the venue being Valentine Sports Park, years years PLAYEDthe WINTER home of Football NSW.

1,839 26 - 34 years

35+ years

On the topic of regional venues, it’s been confirmed that as many as 17 affiliated centres have been recorded for the current season with plans to increase this ever growing figure moving forward. A number of high quality artificial synthetic turf venues such as Blacktown Football Park, Seymour Shaw, Northbridge Oval, Blackman Park, Cammeray Oval, David Phillips Oval

OUTDOOR IN 2015 The Statistics

Only two months into the season, records YES are set to be broken as this year’s Summer 74.8% Football competitions is well on its way to becoming the biggest ever experienced with over 26,000 players officially registering.

1800 players taking part.

and Sydney United Sports Centre continue

4,372

4,098 1,839 6 - 15 years

16 - 25 years

26 - 34 years

to accommodate Summer Football. With a significant number of new synthetic fields currently being built or in the planning stage

35+ years

in NSW, the future for Summer Football looks extremely bright.

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FUTSAL

STATE CUP 2016

futsal state cup Over 200 players from 24 teams across five age groups took part in the inaugural 2015 Futsal State Cup held at Hawkesbury YMCA. The first ever tournament for Football NSW affiliated centres was played in great spirit with a number of mouth-watering encounters that proved a huge hit with the hundreds that flocked to the YMCA during the last weekend of January. Football NSW’s Game Development Officer for Clubs and Centres Anthony Herrera was overwhelmed with the success the Futsal State Cup displayed in what were great scenes at Hawkesbury.

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“The tournament was a fantastic success and there was certainly a high standard of Futsal that was showcased on what was a positive weekend for the sport. “The tournament itself is aimed at assisting in the growth of grassroots Futsal and 2015 was our debut year which saw us kick many goals. “Congratulations to all participants, we are looking at going one step bigger in the space for our next Futsal State Cup tournament.”


futsal competitions It was another fantastic year of Futsal in NSW for season 2015. Valentine Sports Park hosted the national Men’s and Women’s F-League as well as the Futsal Premier and State League Grand Finals. Men’s F-League With the national competition expanded to include Queensland, East Coast Heat were crowned Australia’s best Futsal team with an incredible performance in the 2015 Hummel Mens F-League. The Vic Vipers took out the Premiership however but were unable to complete the job as the Heat secured the coveted Championship. Women’s F-League Whatever the men dished up, the women did even better following an enthralling season that saw the East Coast Heat take out the Premiership while the Dural Warriors grabbed all the glory in a pulsating final winning the Championship.

Championship Day delivered everything it promised following nine outstanding trophy matches held at a packed Valentine Sports Park, with several come-from-behind wins, some stunning upsets and plenty of outstanding play. South Coast cleaned up with three Taipans victories matching Eastern Suburbs Hakoah, while Boomerangs won the Open Women division. In the Open Mens decider, Hakoah dug deep to hold off a stubborn Raiders 1-0 in a gripping affair – and hats off to Raiders who’ve suffered a third straight grand final loss in this category.

AWD Division One And the AWD division one competition also commanded its share of the spotlight as Mountain Majik stunned premiers South Coast Taipans 2-0 to take the grand final trophy. The Coasters were unstoppable in an unbeaten summer that saw them score 81 goals in 10 matches, but they were brought down twice in the finals by a tenacious Majik, the result overturning last year’s 2-0 loss to Taipans.

Futsal Premier League It sounded like Groundhog Day in this summer’s Futsal Premier League after Inner West Magic dominated yet another club championship and Dural finished top of the senior men’s category for a fourth straight time, but the competition had more ups and downs than a soccer ball off Bondi Beach. Inner West wrapped up the club championship comfortably in the end, finishing well ahead of Dural and Enfield Rovers, with Magic fielding seven grand final teams out of nine grades… and it was standing room only as Futsal fans crammed into Valentine Sports Park to witness a spectacular championship day. Campbelltown took home three titles, two each went to Enfield and Inner West, Mascot claimed the 17 Girls Cup, and Dural lifted the Open Men trophy for a fourth straight time in an incredible contest against Inner West. Futsal State League The Futsal NSW State League certainly provided a lot of intrigue over summer. South Coast Taipans grabbed the coveted club championship finishing 13 points in front of Sutherland, with the top-six clubs separated by just 39 points in one of the closest battles in years. 2015 Yearbook Football NSW 43


NATIONAL FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS U12 Boys

NSW Metro Thunder 5 (Ryan Teague (2), Gene Marantos, George Antonis, Scott Browning) Victoria Metro 2 (Dennis Menelaou, Nicholas Kyrankis)

U12 Girls

NSW Metro Thunder 7 (Julia Vignes (3), Courtney Nevin (2), Annabella Daczko, Isabella Volkanovski) Victoria Metro 0

U13 Boys

NSW Metro Thunder 5 (Marco Tilio (2), Yousef Sawalha, Rocco Chisari, own goal) Queensland Metro 2 (Josh Dearn, Ethan Wildermuth)

U14 Boys

NSW Metro 2 (Nikita Parkes, Tallon Zahra) Victoria Metro 2 (Nicholas Vassiliou, Christos Ghenes-Lambiris) – NSW win 3-1 on penalties

U14 Girls

NSW Metro Thunder 7 (Karly Vouros (5), Bethany Gordon, Olivia Robinson) Adelaide Force 0

U15 Boys

NSW Metro Thunder 4 (Joshua Bartolotto (2), Conor Quilligan, Dillan Kahale) NSW Metro Lightning 1 (Cristian Berrios)

U16 Boys

NSW Metro Thunder 4 (Jacob Basden (2), Anthony Haddad, Jordan Pyne) NSW Metro Lightning 2 (Michael Kotzambasis, Ahmad Safdari)

U16 Girls

NSW Metro Lightning 3 (Danika Matos, Indianna Asimus, Stephanie Cortes) NSW Metro Thunder 2 (Cassidy Chidgey, Georgia Koutzoumis)

Youth Men (U19)

Youth Women (U19) U23 Women

U23 Men AWD

Boomerangs FS 4 (Thomas Zeitlhofer, Ben Basser-Silk, Jake Wilsener (2)) NSW Metro Thunder 2 (Robert Perre, Rodney Lewin) NSW Metro 1 (Natalie Penman) Boomerangs FS 0 NSW Metro Thunder 0 NSW Metro Lightning 0 (Thunder win 3-2 on penalties) NSW Metro 4 (Dylan Basger, Jordan Guerreiro, Brian Griffin-Colls, Nathan Amore) Victoria 0 Queensland Metro 3 (Brenton Heslehurst, Justin Mykkeltvedt, Trent Warner) NSW Metro Lightning 0

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national futsal championships New South Wales underlined their supremacy at the 2015 FFA Futsal National Championships by claiming eleven of the thirteen titles available as the competition returned to Sydney after a hiatus in Canberra. The tournament certainly lived up to its precompetition billing with a week of explosive action on the courts culminating in an epic Grand Final day at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre. Playing under three different guises during the tournament, NSW fielded teams as Metro Thunder and Lightning in most age groups with a combined Metro team taking to the court in the flagship Male under-23 division. Playing Victoria in the Grand Final, Metro showcased their dominance to the crowd with an emphatic 4-0 victory underlining an impressive week. Goals from Dylan Basger and Jordan Guerreiro had them in control before the break and despite a Victoria resurgence, a third from Brian Griffin-Colls killed off the Victorian resistance. Nathan Amore wrapped it all up late on. In the Women’s division the climax to the competition was much tighter as NSW Metro Thunder and NSW Metro Lightning met. With the players well aware of each other’s individual ability the match was a tight and tense affair throughout and, by the end of the forty minutes plus extra time, remained score-less. It was left to Laura Donnelly to slot the winning spotkick as Thunder took the honours 3-2 in the shoot-out. At Youth (under-19) level Boomerangs FS, from the ACT, came out on top in the Final with a 4-2 success over NSW Metro Thunder in one of the games of the tournament. Robert Perre gave the hosts an early lead before Thomas Zeitlhofer equalised for the Boomerangs. At half-time it was anyone’s game before Ben Basser-Silk put Boomerangs ahead with eight minutes to play. Thunder weren’t done and drew level through Rodney Lewin only for a late brace from Jake Wilsener to send the trophy to Canberra. A solitary goal scored in the opening seven minutes by Natalie Penman gave NSW Metro a 1-0 win over Boomerangs FS in the Youth (under-19) Female Final. Penman’s goal meant that the ACT representatives

were left chasing the game and, try as they might, they were unable to find a way past a NSW defence that was in superb form. Boomerangs were surprise finalists having finished fourth on the ladder, but gave their all in a wonderful advertisement for the game. Traditional powerhouse Queensland Metro overcame a topsy-turvy week to claim victory in the AWD (Open Mixed) competition as they defeated NSW Metro Lightning 3-0 to claim the silverware. Both these teams had caused a shock in the semi-finals knocking over the first and second placed NSW Metro Thunder and ACT respectively to reach this stage. Goals from Brenton Heslehurst, Justin Mykkeltvedt and Trent Warner sent the team from the Sunshine State back north happy in this ‘origin’ clash. There was a New South Wales double at under-16 level with Thunder and Lightning claiming victories in the Male and Female categories respectively. A winner from Stephanie Cortes was the difference in a five-goal thriller in the Female division as Lightning saw off their Thunder peers, 3-2. Cortes struck with eight minutes left to settle the contest after goals from Cassidy Chidgey and Georgia Koutzoumis had given Thunder a 2-1 lead overturning the opener scored by Lightning’s Danika Matos. Indianna Asimus restored parity for Lightning setting the stage for Cortes’ match-winner. The Male competition was just as close as Thunder defeated Lightning 4-2. Jacob Basden put Thunder ahead with the first of a brace of goals only for Michael Kotzambasis to square the ledger in the thirteenth minute. Anthony Haddad put Thunder back in front in the second half but it was a short-lived lead as Ahmad Safdari made it 2-2 only minutes later. Thunder finished strongly however and Basden’s second gave them a priceless advantage that was confirmed when Jordan Pyne made it 4-2 with time running out.

NSW Metro Lightning 4-1 in the Grand Final. A brace from Joshua Bartolotto added to by goals from Conor Quigley and Dillan Kahale emphasised Thunder’s superiority with Cristian Berrios goal a consolation for Lightning. It was a similar tale in the Female under-14 division as NSW Metro Thunder, led by a five-goal haul from Karly Vouros, hammered luckless Adelaide Force 7-0. Bethany Gordon and Olivia Robinson added to Vouros’ nap-hand. In the Male division a penalty shoot-out was required for NSW Metro to defeat Victoria Metro after a 2-2 draw. Nikita Parkes and Tallon Zahra dragged NSW level on two occasions after goals from Nicholas Vassiliou and Christos Ghenes-Lambiris had threatened to send the trophy to Victoria. Earlier in the day the always competitive junior age-grade divisions threw up a trio of intriguing fixtures with, ultimately, NSW Metro Thunder kicking off the Grand Final showpiece occasion with back-to-back hattrick of wins. The boy’s under-13 event saw Thunder down Queensland Metro 5-2 in a thrilling match. A double from Marco Tilio, plus goals from Yousef Sawalha, Rocco Chisari and an own goal saw Thunder to the win with Josh Dearn and Ethan Wildermuth netting for Queensland. The under-12 Girl’s competition finale was a showcase in NSW Metro Thunder dominance as they hammered Victoria Metro 7-0 with Julia Vignes leading the way with a hat-trick. Courtney Nevin scored twice and was joined amongst the goals by Annabelle Daczko and Isabella Volkanovski. The under-12 boy’s were equally as strong in their 5-2 success over Victoria Metro for whom Dennis Menelaou and Nicholas Kyrankis netted. Ryan Teague scored twice and with Gene Marantos, George Antonis and Scott Browning also finding a way past the Victorian ‘keeper, Thunder roared to victory to set the tone for the day.

It was NSW Metro Thunder all the way in the under-15 Male competition as they defeated

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football nsw State Teams State Team Programs incorporating Metropolitan and Country players in both Futsal and outdoor were again a high priority for the FNSW Technical Department. 2015 FFA Futsal National Championships FNSW entered 23 teams in the 2015 tournament held in Sydney with 17 teams making finals appearances with 11 competitions being won by NSW Metro teams out of 13. All coaches worked well within the confines of the preparation time for all our teams in the lead-up to the tournament and our squads again performed extremely well in all age groups and competitions. To highlight the impact that our technical programs have made through the process of selections, coaches and players, 11 FNSW players were crowned the MVP of the Final in their respective competitions: • 12s Boys Ryan Teague, 12s Girls Courtney Nevin • 13s Boys Marco Tillo • 14s Boys Nikita Parkes, 14s Girls Karly Vouros • 15s Boys Conor Quilligan • 16s Boys Jacob Basden 16s Girls Indianna Asimus • Youth Women Alexia Guerinoni • U23 Men Brian Griffin-Colls U23 Women Laura Donnelly Our Futsal Premier League clubs continue to produce quality futsal players to represent their state. The work of our FNSW Futsal State Team coaches and managers in continuing

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to raise the bar in coaching expertise for our players, coupled with the good work of our premier league clubs, we can be proud how our teams performed on the national futsal stage. Girls and Boys National Youth Championships 8 teams were sent to represent NSW Country and Metropolitan in the 2015 FFA National Youth Championships for Girls and Boy. FNSW was represented in the U13s and U14s in Boys and the U13s and U15s in Girls in competitions against other states and territories. As with previous Nationals FNSW teams performed well in every aspect of the tournament as individuals and as teams and were very well represented in identification by the Technical panel observing all games. Both in Boys and Girls these players can now potentially progress into NTC age groups where they can be selected into national camps and tours leading into future youth and senior national teams. Pictured: National Champions – NSW Country U15 Girls Girls and Boys NTC Challenge Again FNSW Teams in NTC U15s for Boys and U17s for Girls performed well and were duly

Youth Women Champions - FNSW Metro Youth Women Lightning recognised with large numbers of identified players from these tournaments and lead in national camps. The U15s boys had the extra preparation through the Manchester Cup experience highlighted below. FNSW in boys was well represented in U16s National Team preparation games and subsequent AIS selections. In the Girls format at NTC FNSW players had the highest identified numbers and have subsequently had players into W League playing and Matildas training environments.


football nsw institute The Institute Program in its fifth year again lifted a multitude of players into various representative programs of the Talented Player Pathway. Girls Institute

Boys Institute

2015 saw another strong year for the FNSW Institute Girls as we saw most squads being very competitive in all competitions and producing quality football.

2015 saw the final year of the boys FNSW Institute Program as HAL Academy programs were introduced for the 2016 season. Over the years the FNSW Institute have developed players who are now spread around the A-League. Recent FNSW Institute players who have signed professional and youth contracts in the A-league and abroad include:

The expertise and hard work by the players and coaches during the season was rewarded off with 14 players being identified for Junior Matildas squads and put on the FFA radar for future training camp call-ups. Players of note who have progressed to a higher level by signing contracts with W-League clubs include: • Ellie Carpenter (Western Sydney Wanderers) • Princes Ibini-Isei (Sydney FC) • Hannah Bacon (Sydney FC) • Demi Koulizakis (Western Sydney Wanderers) • Georgia Plessis (Sydney FC)

• Liam Rose (Central Coast Mariners) • Anthony Kalik (Central Coast Mariners) • Alex Gersbach (Rosenberg, Norway) • Kosta Petratos (Perth Glory) • Aaron Calver (Sydney FC) • Daniel Alessi (Western Sydney Wanderers) • Thomas Howard-Belle (Central Coast Mariners) • Dylan Ryan (Liverpool Yth, England) • Jamie Gorgovski (Borussia Dortmund Yth, Germany) • Luke Babic (Sydney FC NYL) • Jordan Koton (Western Sydney Wanderers NYL) • Nick Suman (Western Sydney Wanderers NYL)

Manchester United Cup Expertly coached by long standing FNSW Institute Coach and former Socceroo Milan Blagojevic the FNSW Institute NTC U15 Boys won the honour of representing Australia in the Manchester United Cup World Finals series held in Manchester, England on July 20-23rd. Whilst in a stellar season playing up a year in NPL U16s the team played against the best NPL U15s teams and U15 State teams around Australia and New Zealand, overcoming a strong NZ team in the finals. The U15s were placed in an extremely strong group and displayed their obvious abilities by drawing games against World powerhouses Real Madrid and Manchester United. This was a huge achievement for the team coming away with tremendous experience playing against and seeing top level players in their own age group from clubs around the world. The work behind the scenes from the Technical Department staff to make this tour happen so quickly after the Australian tournament was remarkable. The tour will surely stick in the memory of these players for years to come.

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community coach education Coach Education is not only a key component of the FFA’s Whole of Football Plan and Football NSW Strategic Plan, it is unmistakably a high priority for the majority of participants in the community. A survey undertaken at the conclusion of the 2015 football season revealed that the quality of coaches ranked among the most important contributors to a player’s experience, with poor coaching listed as reason people may lapse from the sport. The Football NSW 2015 Community Coach Education

programs

were

delivered

in

collaboration with the Football Associations, Futsal Centres, Department of Education and a number of Tertiary Institutions. The programs engaged Community Coaches and teachers in the formal Football and Futsal courses developed by FFA, supplemented by a series of workshops and resources designed to support coaches as they provided leadership and guidance to their players. In 2015 we distributed a Community Coach Education survey to candidates at our courses

to provide us a better perspective to their experience, collate feedback on the presenters and course content, and understand how we could review course delivery to ensure a best practice learning environment, tailored to the needs of our membership, was provided. It is encouraging to know that there was a 97% satisfaction level reported by attendees at Football NSW and Football Association delivered courses in 2015, a standard we will strive to maintain for 2016.

Coaching Resources

Coaching Courses

Supporting this initiative we engaged four

Football NSW, supported by the Football Associations, delivered Community Coach Education courses attended by over 5,700 participants during 2015. This is a 17% increase in coaches undertaking formal qualification for the 2015 football season compared to the previous year. Our focus in 2015 was the introductory level of the Grass Roots Certificate and Skill Training Certificate which had attendance by 3,282 and 1,237 coaches respectively. Workshops Supplementing the formal courses offered to coaches across the State, Football NSW and the Football Associations deliver workshops on the Skill and Game Training phases of player development. These workshops are interactive, practical demonstrations that are designed to further a coach’s education and support their ongoing development, keeping their skills and approach current and relevant to the teams they lead. In 2015 we facilitated the delivery of 50 workshops.

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This year we provided training sessions via email, each week, over a 12 week period to approximately 11,000 coaches leading teams from U6 to U13. These sessions plans were aligned to the FFA National Curriculum and designed to provide an easy to follow guide to assist local coaches deliver best practice learning environments that were also fun for the players. Community coach Education Coordinators charged

with

assisting

local

Football

Associations and clubs develop and deliver their coach education programs. Schools and Universities Via our relationships with the Department of Education, Schools and Universities we have been able to broaden the reach of our education programs. We have taken this approach as a proactive step to positively influence the experience students encounter when playing football at school. Our approach focuses on three main areas, being the Teacher Professional Learning Program (TPL), Premier Sports Challenge (PSC) and delivering coaching courses to undergraduate education students. The

TPL

program

engages

the

formal

education process of teachers in NSW who are required to accrue 100 hours of professional development in order to retain their licence. In 2015 We partnered with the Department of Education to deliver coach education to over 150 candidates via the teacher professional learning program. The PSC provided opportunities for school students through our Grassroots Coaching courses in the following programs, “Leading the Way” years 9-10, “Leading through Change” Years 11-12. These courses provided coaching and

leadership

skills

to

775

secondary

students who applied those skills at a local primary school. In

2015

in

universities

we

broadened delivering

our

presence

programs

to

undergraduate education students at seven tertiary institutions.


advanced coach education To be a World Leader in the World Game we need Advanced Coach Pathways through both expertly run Football Programs and Advanced Coach Education Courses. Football Programs – FNSW Institute

Advanced Coach Education Courses

We are very proud of the coach development pathway that has been developed from the FNSW Talented Player Pathway programs over the last 5 years. Coach development in the girls program is equally as important and prioritised but as the boys program is concluding it is appropriate to highlight their contribution.

AFC / FFA C and B Licences

Coaches that have been involved in the program who are currently or previously involved in National Team programs include Ante Juric (Matildas/Young Matildas), Ufuk Talay (AIS/COE/Australian U17s) and Milan Blagojevic (Australian U20s). Coaches from the programs who are now in A League Academies or HAL A League Teams include Ian Crook, Steve Karavatakis, Arthur Diles, Devrim Huseyin, Andrew Keane, Chris Keane, Davide De Giovine and Zeljko Kalac.

time resource in Advanced Coach Education Manager Danny Abboud

As an example of the pathway program and the coaches needed to support them Nick Suman was coached in SAP 2011 by Ufuk Talay and has been in the talented player pathway ever since through the FNSW Institute Coaches and Goalkeeper program. He is currently contracted in NYL and is comfortably training with the WSW Hyundai A League squad with Tony Popovic amongst professional players. Dylan Ryan was also in the program for the last 5 years before being scouted by Liverpool FC at the Manchester Cup Tournament. Two of the multiple player success stories, which includes dozens of older players with Professional Contracts in HAL A League, from the boys program now concluded. We wish all the players and coaches the best in their future careers.

2015 saw enormous growth in Advanced Coach Education to facilitate the numbers of coaches with the passion and interest to further their abilities. The rise of required Coach Accreditation levels in FNSW Competitions also contributed to the need to expand capacity. A full was engaged and coach numbers and course output tripled from previous years. The new facilities at VSP have already seen 200 C Licence coaches complete, start or enrol in the course but, importantly, many regional hubs have also been created to improve accessibility and bring C Licences to the coach, club or association. These have included Southern Branch, GHFA, NSFA, Bankstown, Rydalmere, Nepean, Albury and Manly amongst others. Through close partnership with the FFA Coach Education Department the Technical Department also facilitated a B Licence at VSP with the view of hosting two in 2016. We also hosted two very successful and well attended State Coaching Conferences. Supporting the strategic spearhead of the National Curriculum in Coach Education we will continue to strive to improve the Coaching Standards of our Advanced Coaches in 2016.

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Referee Development Programs The 2015 Referee Development Programs delivered in collaboration by Football NSW and our Referee Branches aimed at growing both the quality and quantity of match officials servicing the game in our state. The programs addressed the recruitment, retention and education of Referees at both grassroots and National Premier League competitions, with a focus on providing support, training and resources. We again conducted a comprehensive survey of our referees to seek their feedback on the manner in which Football NSW and the Referee Branches provide education and training to the states Match Officials. Encouragingly, the results for 2015 continue to improve, returning a 91% satisfaction rating with Football NSW’s coordination of referee programs. Recruitment and Retention Our registration campaign encompassed a multichannel engagement strategy utilising print media, email and SMS. We also

provided our Referee Branches with nationally branded marketing material accessible via an online portal to assist with their registration and recruitment communication.

the

state’s

Training Centres

Our total referee registrations in 2015 grew by 8%, with 5173 Referees (individual branch registered, outdoor 2015), 257 Assessors and 98 Instructors servicing local and state based competitions.

Each week 60 referees attended Football NSW satellite training centres established in four locations across the Sydney metro area. The training centres offered both fitness sessions and video analysis of the previous weeks matches to Match Officials in the Referee Development Program and NSW State League Referees’ Branch. The training was delivered by current and former FIFA and HAL referees and assessors, with education videos prepared by the Football NSW Referees Department mirroring the process undertaken by FFA for their national referees.

Schools Referee Program

Talented Referee Pathways

The Football NSW Schools referees program increased from 1 to 10 participating schools in 2015, with over 200 students enrolled.

We again provided a pathway for young aspiring referees to realise their ambitions of officiating at national and international competitions.

We also took the opportunity to ask football players when registering if they had an interest in understanding how to become a referee, with over 20,000 positive responses. This provided a list of potential new referees to our branches, and assisted in targeting growth during the year.

The program provides an intensive training and education opportunity for young referees in a non-competitive environment, enhancing their ability to develop into confident and knowledgeable match officials. 12 referees from the program were selected to officiate at the School Sports Australia National Championships in November, highlighting the development benefits the program delivers. Qualification Courses In excess of 100 courses were conducted for referees, assessors and instructors, participated in by over 2483 match officials. This

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education opportunities for referees on the previous year.

represents an 11% increase on formal

Via their local branches, referees could seek selection to the Football NSW Referee Development Program and officiate on the National Premier Leagues. This pathway was supplemented by selection in the panels servicing the Football NSW State Titles and FFA National Youth Championships, ensuring avenues were available to both regional and metropolitan referees. From the 130 match officials in our Referee Development Program, 8 were selected to officiate at the FFA National Youth Championships. Two referees in Kearney Robinson and Avrol Beecham joined our existing 16 match officials in the National Talent Pool servicing the Hyundai A-League, Foxtel National Youth League and Westfield W-League competitions.


Schools In 2015 Football NSW delivered player, coach and referee programs to 34,000 students and teachers across the State. Through our Schools activities we strived to deliver a positive impact to the footballing experience of students and teachers by providing knowledge, expertise and support to schools within their existing governance framework. Our programs sought to engage with schools, harnessing the existing interest of students and teachers while also embracing those who do not play the sport, to enhance our ability to achieve the Football NSW mission of growing, promoting and developing the game.

Football NSW continued its partnerships with the peak school governing bodies including PSSA, CHS, CCC & CIS. School Partnerships We sought to build on the existing relationships to better integrate competition calendars and talented player pathways, explore how we can better connect schools to the Football Associations and Clubs, and utilise Valentine Sports Park to positively influence the experience of school footballers. Competitions Football NSW supported the delivery of school tournaments via hosting events at Valentine Sports Park and appointing staff to assist with referee and coach mentoring.

The TPL program engaged the formal education process of teachers in NSW who are required to accrue 100 hours of professional development in order to retain their teaching license. Football NSW worked with the Department of Education and Communities to accredit courses for Primary School Teachers (Grassroots with the Laws of the Game test), Football for High School Teachers (Game Training with Laws of the Game test) and Futsal for School Teachers (Futsal Licence with Laws of the Game test), and plan to have a refereeing course approved for delivery in 2016. 152 coaches participated in TPL courses in 2015. The PSC provided opportunities for school students through our Grassroots Coaching courses in the following programs, “Leading the Way” years 9-10, “Leading through Change” Years 11-12. These courses provided coaching and leadership skills to 775 secondary students who applied those skills at a local primary school. School Referees Program The Schools Referee Program was developed by Football NSW to provide students interested in officiating an opportunity to incorporate that pursuit within their schools sporting choices. Over 200 students participated in the 2015 program.

In the program students completed the Online Laws of the Game test and were guided through monthly training delivered by qualified Football NSW referee instructors. Football NSW also assessed the students officiating at schools tournaments such as the PSSA State Titles. The goal of the program was to create a supportive learning environment for young aspiring

referees

that

encouraged

them

to become referees officiating in National Premier League and local Football Association competitions. Player Development Football NSW conducted 166 schools clinics aimed at exposing children to the sport in a safe and professionally delivered learning environment aligned to the philosophies of the FFA National Curriculum. The school visits were conducted across metropolitan and regional areas. The visits were delivered in a number of formats including; 4-8 Week Schools Development Programs,

MiniRoos

5-A-Side

Gala

Days,

individual clinics and the Ellyse Perry Challenge which was designed to promote female participation and was delivered in partnership with Cricket NSW.

We also assisted with appointing referees to tournaments such as the Bill Turner Cup. The largest schools competition delivered by Football NSW in 2015 was the Futsal School Championships. The tournament catered for boys and girls in age grades from U10 to Open, and had an athletes with a disability mixed gender division. The qualifying stages of the competition were conducted across 13 regions concluding in a State Championship. The 2015 edition had over 1,000 school teams entered comprising circa 11,000 players. Coach Education Football NSW delivered coach education in schools via the Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) and the Premier Sports Challenge (PSC) programs. 2015 Yearbook Football NSW 51


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BANKSTOWN dAFA 2015 was a huge year for the Bankstown District Amateur Football Association – registration growth, new governance, coach ed, representative football and development! BDAFA registration and participant numbers continue to grow with nearly 7000 participants playing within the BDAFA Competitions in 2015 and will no doubt increase in Season 2016. Within the Bankstown footprint we are the largest participation sport under the Bankstown Council area and we continue to grow of all front in regarding to participation across seniors, females, MiniRoos, coaches and referees. On the coaching front we the Association invested in 14 of its local representative coaches to complete the FFA/AFC C Licence - Youth and Senior. The outcome of which will be that these qualified coaches will not only oversee the now increased representative arm of the association Bankstown United but be available to assist each of the member clubs of BDAFA in the further development of our coaches and players. Furthermore, one of the Association representative coaches/ directors will undertake his AFC/FFA A Licence, again providing another valuable resource for the Association.

continuation of our successful Skills Acquisition Program ( SAP) for Under 9-12 boys and now the introduction of a SAP program for Under 10 and Under 12 girls for 2016. BDAFA also committed to further development opportunities for its local players by confirming its participation in the FNSW Conference League Our Association again had strong representation is all FNSW competitions such as State Cup, FFA Cup and Champion of Champions, reflective of the continued technical growth in our local grades.

BFR continues to lead with its refereeing program initiatives with again strong participation growth and fantastic coverage amongst BDAFA matches. BDAFA applied to further expand it’s representative arm. Our successful application resulted in the placement of our Youth teams to the National Premier Leagues Tier 2 for our Under 13-16 Competitions, the introduction of Under 18, Under 20 and First Grade Mens, the

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Blacktown DSFA Double-digit growth, a new club and a new competition, as Blacktown DSFA drives the expansion of football in the west. Blacktown District Soccer Football Association enjoyed a good year in 2015, seeing a 10 per cent increase in player participation. There was success too at Champion of Champions level, with Polonia Rams U21 Men and Doonside Hawks U21 Women winning their respective grand finals at Valentine Sports Park.

With 10,200 players spread across 22 clubs, Blacktown was one of four associations to record a 10 per cent increase in numbers. Figures for Blacktown reflect a surge in numbers across all Football NSW competitions. An important factor was the formation of an under 20s men’s competition, which was held for the first time in 2014. Where previously BDSFA have had between 120 and 180 in that age bracket we had 500 players across the comp.� The U20s will be replicated in Football for Females in 2016 in an effort to grow the late teen female market. BDSFA also welcomes the new Ropes Crossing Strikers FC who will fill a much needed service gap in the far west of the Association. BDSFA will continue its goals towards high quality coaching for young players with its home grown team of FFA Accredited coaching staff.

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21 Men - Polonia Rams

21 Women - Doonside Hawks


canterbury Dsfa The CDSFA has adopted as its vision “Enriching the Community through Football”.

The

Association’s

focus

has

been

to

increase participation in football at the community level. As a result of defining a clear purpose, the CDSFA in 2015 recorded an increase of 15% in player registrations. This was the largest organic increase in playing participants ever experienced by the Association. The Association was utilised for the launch of the 2015 National FFA Cup with the Earlwood Wanderers Soccer Club hosting the event at headquarters at Earlwood Oval. In addition, with the assistance of the Leichhardt Saints Football Club and Annandale North Public School, the CDSFA hosted the launch of the national sponsorship of the AIA Vitality MiniRoos program. Both these events received significant media coverage across all platforms.

The CDSFA, in conjunction with Burwood FC, were successful in securing $500K in government funding for a new amenities complex at Centenary Park. 2015 saw the second edition of the Bill Brackenbury Cup and Grace Martin Trophy, the domestic flagship competitions for our Men’s and Women’s football. Both Grand Finals were staged at Lambert Park in front of large enthusiastic crowds. The

Association

underwriting

the

also

continued

National

with

Coaching

Certificate courses in recognition of the time given by volunteers. Likewise, the female coaching and officiating courses continued to build upon the success since their introduction in 2013.

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central coast football A record-breaking year for Central Coast Football, with The Entrance FC claiming dual Premiership crowns.

13,794 players took part in the 2015 season from 1,221 teams over 23 member Clubs. A total of 11,642 matches were played – the highest number of games in Central Coast Football’s history. In the Finals Series and our Under 11 Tournament Finals, 294 matches were played. This comprised of 140 Semi Finals, 70 Preliminary Finals and 84 Grand Finals.

Competition players scored a total of 26,841 goals in the season, at an average of 2.30 goals scored in each match. Throughout the season, Match Officials handed out 4,239 yellow cards and 416 red cards. Following a hotly contested 2014 competition, the 2015 Battlewin Men’s Premier League (BPL) competition was just as intense - the League Championship was decided on the last day of the season proper – with Gosford City taking out the title. The Entrance got one back in the Grand Final, however, taking out their second Premiership in a row, defeating a gallant Gosford City 3-2, who played most of the match with just nine men on the pitch. 2015 saw the Sea FM Women’s League move into a second year of Reserve Grade, with the aim of continuing to develop a competitive squad environment and further cementing the development of female players on the Coast. Budgewoi again took the title of League Champions in First Grade, however The Entrance took Grand Final honors. This capped a remarkable season for The Entrance, who ran out winners of both the Senior Men’s and Women’s Grades. Central Coast Football wishes to thank every player, official, coach, manager, volunteer, parent and spectator for their involvement in the 2015 season. Everybody involved in football on the Coast has a role to play, no matter how big or small, in making it what it is today.

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eastern suburbs FA Eastern Suburbs Football is booming; with record numbers we are developing football for all!

Alongside the increased quantity of players, the quality of players has seen remarkable improvement. Both Coogee United FC AAM Championship and Pagewood Botany FC Over 45s triumphed in the Football NSW Champion of Champions tournament, Dunbar Rovers FC AAW Championship secured victory in the State Cup.

The Association is investing in the development of the game through employing a Technical Director and MiniRoos Coordinator for season 2016. Coach education and development is vital to players’ enjoyment of football, and with the booming MiniRoos numbers we have more coaches that ever! Referee numbers are also booming, with more courses run than any previous season with great attendance. We are investing in quality here too, with more referees assessed in 2015 than any previous season and no fewer than 7 new assessors qualified to further educate the growing ranks of referees! Our Grand Finals were the most successful ever with more than 40 fantastic matches played on quality synthetic pitches, offering players the chance to enjoy a professional stage to express themselves and compete for honours. The finals series filled 3 amazing weekends with great spectator numbers and some stunning football and cracking goals provided a fantastic climax to the East’s biggest year of football yet!

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football south coast Football South Coast has experienced unprecedented growth in 2015, with our winter registrations, development academies, summer football and the number of coaches undertaking relevant licenses. Competition and Academy Growth • Growth of close to 800 players for the winter competition • 1600 summer football participants in the third year of this competition Coaching Development • Implementation of the Club Coaching Program across all junior clubs which entailed development of a coaching booklet and planned sessions • Growth in course participation

also run for senior players with participation from a number of disability organisations across the South Coast • FSC worked with an organisation called the Homeless Hub to assist with fundraising and awareness campaigns. Referee Development • The Referees have now unified and are part of the Football Association

Sponsorship FSC has engaged a number of organisations to support and sponsor football. The level of sponsorships is growing each year. Infrastructure A key infrastructure milestone was a lighting project at Thomas Dalton Park which will be predominantly used by the NPL clubs in the area.

• Strategic Review finalised with findings around coaching, training and mentoring to be implemented

Player Development • Development Programs – free development for juniors aged 8 to 12 for boys and girls • Implementation of the Girls Development Programs for female players • Expansion of the FSC Academy for junior aged Under 6 to Under 16’s • Success and growth of an U18 Competition for males and the creation of an U21 Competition for Women • Introduction of the U6 Girls Only ‘Mini Tilda’ Concept which will be implemented in 2016 Community • The FSC Knights is a program for junior players with a special need, this program continued in 2015 with the assistance of the Disability Trust. A 10 week competition was

COURSE NAME

2014 Courses

2014 Coaches

2015 Courses

2015 Coaches

Grassroots Licence

8

150

9

236

Skills Acquisition Licence

2

36

3

58

Game Training Certificate

0

0

1

0

Senior Licence

1

23

2

25

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Gladesville HorNSBY FA The Gladesville Hornsby Football Association experienced a year of change in 2015, but continued its successful support and development of football in Sydney’s North Western region. GHFA continues to grow, and in 2015 had 14,053 registered players from 34 clubs representing a growth of 4% over 2014. The Association also enjoys a strong financial position due to the good work of administrations in previous years. As a result, GHFA was able to reduce fees to its clubs, allowing clubs to reinvest these funds as appropriate to their club. On the playing field, the highlights were the GHFA Spirit FC NPL2 first grade and Under 12s finishing as Premiers. And in the FNSW Champion of Champions, West Pennant Hills Under 17s winning the Champion of Champions for the third year in a row. Congratulations also to our Club Champions and GHFA Cup winners, Kenthurst and to our various divisional Premiers and Champions. Off the field, long serving GHFA administrators Kay Iredale and Nicole Tindale departed and we thank them for their decades of work for GHFA, and their contribution to the development of the highly regarded reputation of the association. GHFA

implemented

many

administrative

changes including a re-write of the by-laws and constitution, a new website to improve access to information across GHFA, and the implementation of a Club Fair Play award, won by Beecroft. In regards to facilities, GHFA funded a lighting upgrade for Christie Park and welcomed the installation of a synthetic field at Pennant Hills by Hornsby Shire Council. The GHFA could not operate without the dedicated support provided by club and association volunteers and we express our sincere thanks for their hard work during 2015.

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granville DSFA The season that was in the Granville & Districts Soccer Football Association.

As we reflect on the season that was, our passion for the game unites us all as we pay tribute to a fallen member in 2015. His passion and drive were awe-inspiring both on and off the field. He will always be remembered as part of the football family. The passion for football within the Granville & Districts Soccer Football Association region continued to climb with participation levels rising at all clubs. Overall, memberships increased by 9.5% over previous year statistics. Theoretically, larger clubs tend to dominate the Grand Finals however, our small clubs came into fruition this season. Thirty of

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Growth has occurred at a much higher rate in Miniroos which grew at a ratio of 3:2 when compared to competition memberships.

resulted in a 7.5% increase to participation levels over previous year results Congratulations to Castle Hill United Under 121’s and Kellyville Under 14-1 Girls who claimed the silverware in the prestigious Football NSW Champion of Champions competition.

our thirty-two clubs were represented by at

Special mention to two of our members. Vince

least one team on Grand Final day. Grand

Wyatt of Granville Waratahs was honoured for

Champion silverware was taken back to

fifty years of continuous service and Darryl

twenty-five of these clubs.

Conroy of Granville Waratah was awarded a

One of our goals as an Association was to

Community Spirit award.

develop all grassroots volunteer coaches. The

The new season will bring with it different

association increased the number of coaching

challenges but we will take them in our stride

courses on offer which, with strategic planning,

to ensure our members are satisfied.


macarthur FA The Macarthur Football Association goes synthetic with the completion of the pitch perfect project.

Following several years of lobbying and

Council chimed in with the bulk of the funds

more accurately across the surface allowing

planning the Macarthur Football Association

to realise the $1.4M project was in fact a

for a faster game and a more technical

Inc. has become the proud recipient of its first

reality rather than a pipe dream.

approach by all end users.

synthetic turf football pitch at the home of football – Lynwood Park.

Construction commenced in September 2015 and the completed field was officially opened

Lynwood Park has been transformed from the ugly duckling into a graceful and stylish, state

on 31st January 2016 by the Campbelltown City Mayor Cr Paul Hawke, Russell Matheson

of the art, FIFA 1 star accredited synthetic

MP and MFA Chairman Rob Laws.

pitch.

The advantages of the new facility allow for

The project got some genuine momentum

more field usage and take a grass turf surface

when Federal MP for Macarthur Russell Matheson provided a whopping $500,000 grant

towards

the

project

and

with

limited to 15 hours a week usage to a 60 hour a week playing/training complex which will be here for many years to come.

$200,000.00 pledged from the Macarthur

Players’ passing and receiving ability is also

Football Association, the Campbelltown City

greatly enhanced as the ball travels faster and

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manly warringah fa Another fruitful season on and off the field for the Manly Warringah Football Association

2015 proved to be a busy and successful

third synthetic turf pitch on the northern

President and finally, after seven years in a

campaign for the MWFA.

beaches

playing then coaching capacity, Craig Midgley

Following the success of the Socceroos in claiming the Asian Cup on home soil against South Korea in January, participation numbers across the board swelled locally to a tick over 17,000 - a healthy increase of 10 per cent. Coaching education was also on the rise, with the highest ever number of participants in the history of the association undertaking various awareness and understanding courses. Work on Melwood Oval at Forestville was completed late in the season, resulting in the

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along

with

Cromer

Park

and

Narrabeen Sports High.

moved on from Manly United, securing a

Narrabeen won the MWFA Premier League

great opportunity in Cairns with Far North

men’s title with Brookvale doing likewise in the ladies, while Wakehurst’s 18/1s boys were jubilant after winning their NSW Champion of Champions decider versus Connells Point. On the individual front, Tigers club identity Ed Neill was formally recognised by Football NSW for his tireless work behind the scenes over a few decades. Jeff Smit replaced Ray Fanning as MWFA

Queensland Heat as their Technical Director. MWFA general manager Jeremy Toivonen was

thrilled

with

all

the

collective

achievements. “People’s passion for football is something we always embrace,’’ he said. “We have so many great people working towards the same goal, over the next few years anything is possible.”


nepean FA Nepean Football Association continue to achieve their goals of excellence in football.

Nepean FA acknowledge that football is for everyone, and they don’t just pay lip service to this well-worn phrase. They work tirelessly and with great effort and dedication to ensure that all footballers in their community are catered to. Nepean Football Association are the owners of Grassroots competitions, Refereeing services, Representative Football, Football Development Programs for Players & Coaches and Special Needs football services in the Nepean District. They have an active board of directors, dedicated sub-committees and a team of experienced staff members who collectively are responsible for the provision of football services across the Blue Mountains, Penrith, St Marys, Warragamba and Hawkesbury districts.

We enjoy successes in State Cup and Champion of Champions, along with a strong local competition, with in excess of 1,100 teams in the 2015 season, which we hope to grow in 2016. Our Players numbers continue to grow, we continue to welcome both male & female athletes of all abilities and ages. We have a strong focus on improving player performance by improving Coaching knowledge. In 2016 our focus is on all U6 & U7 coaches in 2016 obtaining their FFA Coaching accreditation, and have future plans to roll this out to all Division 1 coaches and older age

groups over the coming years. We enjoy a solid working relationship with local government and with Football NSW. It’s onwards and upwards for Nepean District in 2016.

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north west sydney women’s FA AIA Vitality MiniRoos growth and All Age PUMA Champion of Champions final winners highlights a successful 2015 for North West Sydney Women’s Football Association. Since the introduction of MiniRoos to our association in 2011, we have seen growth of 66%. In 2015 we had 714 registered MiniRoos players from Under 6 to Under 11. The player numbers have increased year on year and we are confident these numbers will continue to grow. 2015 also saw one of our All Age Division 1 Teams win PUMA Champion of Champions. The team was Epping YMCA and they were coached by Dave Smith who just happened to receive a State Award at the FNSW State Dinner for his commitment to women’s football and coaching successes spanning 25 years. We also saw growth in our PINK program which provides an opportunity for players of all ages and abilities to take part in a structured football program where they learn skills, improve fitness, meet new friends and have fun. This year, not only did the girls participate in their structured weekly program, they also attended the

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Football4All Gala Day which was a huge success bringing smiles all round. To top off our season, our Women’s Premier League 1 teams known as the North West Sydney Koalas came fourth in the overall Club Championship, with three of the five

teams finishing in the top 4. We are proud that players from our Koalas are consistently selected for W-League and representative honours demonstrating the pathway from club to representative, this year’s players include: Natalie Tobin (Sydney FC), Hannah Beard (WSW) and Helen Petinos (WSW).


northern suburbs FA Northern Suburbs Football Association – helping our community experience the joy of football.

NSFA have focused on a number of areas considered vital to the delivery of a positive experience for our members. Most recently NSFA have dedicated themselves to the growth and development of the female game, ensuring our MiniRoos coaches are qualified, helping Clubs manage their volunteers and increasing the standard of our facilities and amenities. A Womens and Girls Development Officer has come on board working closely with our Technical Director to increase female engagement and retention through sustainable programs and development opportunities. The success of these programs and initiatives (such as Diamond League) can be measured by the on-field success of Hornsby Heights G12s winning the Champion of Champions and Kanga Cup, plus Northbridge G12s winning the FNSW State Cup. We have encouraged all coaches to obtain their qualifications by providing FREE grassroots courses. The Association guided Member Clubs through a submission of a Volunteer Management Plan which addressed recruiting, training, managing and methods for rewarding its volunteers. By reflecting on the processes currently in place (or absent), Clubs used the resources provided and combined ideas with their own knowledge and experience to present a VMP unique to their needs and Club dynamics. NSFA have been very active in raising the standard of facilities across the Association by liaising regularly with local Councils and working with Member Clubs on procedures for field management, applying for government grants and managing use during wet weather, which have been integral to our progress in this space. We are fortunate enough to access 6 synthetic fields with another due for completion in June this year. NSFA look forward to building on these initiatives and more in the 2016 season.

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Southern districts SFA A great 2015 on and off the field for Southern Districts, culminating in a State League 2 championship-winning performance. It was a big year for football in the Southern Districts Soccer Football Association. The SAP Program went as planned as trials kicked off in November 2014. Head SAP coach Diego Machuca did a great job overseeing the program and also coaching the U11 teams while the U9s and 10s also experienced great seasons. It has been 3 years that SDSFA has had the SAP programs and it is getting bigger and better each year All coaches who are C class license holders have put a huge amount of effort in attending these courses in their own time to complete as per the requirements They have made the SDSFA association proud when coaching these kids, whether at home games or away games they are always well disciplined and professional in their mannerism. 2015 was also a big year for the Men’s State League Two side with the senior team taking out the Championship under the guidance of head coach Ramsin Shamon.

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st george FA Total participation numbers surged in St George during 2015, highlighted by an 11% increase in female players.

Football continued to lead the way in community sport in the St George district during 2015 with total participation numbers increasing by 9% from 2014 across our 22 member Clubs. The most pleasing aspect of this growth was an 11% growth in female participation, a strategic focus area for SGFA. On the field our Clubs continued to impress with Connells Point Rovers FC U/13 and Arncliffe Aurora U/15 winning the FNSW 2015 Puma Champion of Champions. Our football development program, led by our Head of Football & Technical Director and former Socceroo, Aytek Genc, continued to strengthen its operations and this success has allowed the team to expand its packages in 2016 that will see a girls SAP and Senior Men’s State League team offered for the first time. Forrest Rangers FC and Lugarno FC hosted the inaugural Richo Cup in June, in honour of Matt Richardson who sadly passed away on the football field playing the game he loved. The charity event was used as a tool to raise awareness of the importance of regular health checks for male and female footballers. All funds raised on the day will contribute to every SGFA member Club receiving a defibrillator for their Club from 2016. SGFA also witnessed the birth of the St George Warriors during 2015, a Special Needs

Football

Program

established

by Carss Park Football Club. One of the highlights

for

the

Warriors

was

their

participation in the 2015 Football4all Gala Day hosted by Football NSW. We look forward to a bigger and better 2016 with the SGFA Board and Management team committed to working with our key stakeholder groups to ensure that we deliver improved facilities and services to our large member base.

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sutherland shire fa Sutherland Shire Football Association (SSFA) continues to grow and develop players in 2015

Completing its 63rd year as an Association with 18,875 players across 1,561 teams - the SSFA had more participants than ever before in 2015. The commitment from all volunteers and committee at both the SSFA and the 26 Clubs have again provided the infrastructure that has supported all of these players enjoy there football week on week. A number of highlights for the year included: • SSFA Football Manager was at the forefront of relevant coach education and development for Grassroots/ Community football – delivering FFA community coaching courses to 169 club coaches, organising numerous FNSW updates, visiting clubs to run more than 20 training sessions and also operating the very successful SSFA Girls Academy, school holiday clinics and Girls Only skills nights during the season. • The task of playing almost 800 matches on only 61 fields each weekend still remains a challenge. The SSFA continue to review alternative competition management systems - however their ability to meet even our current functionality is difficult to find – and look for more fields. • Sutherland Council invested $3+ million in the two synthetic fields located at Kareela Oval. These fields were extensively used by all clubs during the season and also provided an opportunity for randomly drawn grades to play their matches on otherwise ‘washed out’ weekends. The Kareela synthetic fields proved a resounding success and are hopefully the first step in the roll out of more all-weather fields. • The Boys RYC continued in 2015 with all teams again very competitive. The concept continues in 2016, providing an opportunity for those players that wish to play representative football and develop their skills a chance to do so whilst still playing with their local club. • The SSFA again participated in the FNSW Women’s Premier League (WPL)

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competition- a great opportunity for local girls to compete at the highest amateur level in the State. The SSFA WPL was very successful on the field - the WPL15’s dominating their League winning both the Premiership and the Championship, the WPL13’s and WPL17’s making the finals, and First Grade making the Grand Final (unlucky not to beat an opposing team that had a lot of W-League players in evidence). In addition to the successful local SSFA competition, a number of teams and clubs also competed in FNSW Tournaments, with the following success: • State, Robertson and Cullinan Cups: Gymea 18A/1, Menai 21A/2 and Lilli Pilli AL1/1

• Champion

of

Champions:

Four

teams

(Miranda W21A, Lilli Pilli 21A/1, Lilli Pilli AL1/1 and Marton W30A) made the final, with Marton W30A taking out the Championship. Congratulations

to

Greg

Brosen

being

presented a FNSW State Award for his more than 45 years of commitment and support to football and his beloved Engadine Eagles. And who can overlook Bill McIlveen, the recipient of the highest of FNSW State Awards – the George Churchward Medal – for services that are truly outstanding. 2015 was another year that embodies the community spirit that personifies football in the Sutherland Shire.


riverina branch A superb year for football in the Riverina with a State Titles, 2 Country titles and a Country Cup victory.

It was a hugely successful season at Football Riverina as the Branch took out a couple of pieces of silverware through the 2015 season. The 13 Boys kicked things off in a fantastic manner taking out the State and Country Titles which was a magnificent achievement for the team and for the sport in the Riverina area. Following on from this success the 14 Girls and the 12 Boys both won their respective Country Titles while Griffith clinched the Country Cup as well.

Success was also evident in the player pathway system as many as four girls were selected in Ante Juric’s Mini Matildas squad last year. Eliza Ammendolia, Joey Cartwright, Clare Hunt and Jada Mathyssen-Whyman were selected for the U16 women’s national team. Following

on

Ammendolia Westfield

from and

this

Whyman

W-League

success also

contracts

both scored

with

the

Western Sydney Wanderers capping off a memorable year for the girls. It is safe to say that the branch continues to kick goals year upon year and 2016 will be no different as more goals are set to be achieved in what will be a big year for the sport of football.

Jada Mathyssen-Whyman in action for Macarthur Rams

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western branch A record year for coaching certificates in 2015, and the local competitions went from strength to strength.

Western Branch continues to kick goals in coach education with a record number of Grassroots Certificates conducted to assist the coaches involved in AIA Vitality MiniRoos with certificates held across the entire Branch in Bathurst, Cowra, Dubbo, Forbes, Lithgow, Mudgee, Nyngan, Orange, Parkes, Trangie, Young.

the men’s whilst Dubbo RSL 78’s took out

There were also a record 40 participants in a Senior Coaching Certificate in Dubbo highlighting the thirst for improvement in all levels of coaching players for the association in particular.

and Proctor Park Challenge continued to be

The Central Coast Mariners again played a fixture within the Branch, this year taking on Newcastle Jets at Wade Park in Orange. The associated school visits and coaching clinics for players and coaches were well received. The Challenge Cup has grown immensely and has proven to be both a competitive and an enjoyable preseason event. Held at Mudgee’s iconic Glen Willow Sporting Complex, it was taken out by Dubbo FC in

the women’s event. The Western Youth League run over MayJune was very competitive and showcased some promising football by the region’s youth players in boys and girls. The preseason events for the Bathurst Cup strong events with high participation.

WESTERN NSW YOUTH LEAGUE WINNER

RUNNER-UP

Under 12 Boys

Dubbo

Bathurst

Under 13 Boys

Orange

Dubbo

Under 14 Boys

Dubbo

Orange

Under 15 Boys

Lachlan United

Orange

Under 16 Boys

Dubbo

Bathurst

Under 12 Girls

Bathurst

Lithgow

Under 14 Girls

Lachlan Lions

Bathurst

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southern branch Success on the field for Southern Branch in 2015, and a stalwart decides to call it a day.

After many years Judy Shoesmith has called it a day and retired from the Eurobodalla Football Association, and along with that her long association with FNSW Southern Branch. Sue Kinsey presented Judy Shoesmith with a plaque and flowers from friends and colleagues. The Board of Directors of Southern Branch would like to thank Judy for her commitment to Southern Branch and to football in the Southern Branch Zone. Judy will still be involved with her beloved Narooma Football Club.

Southern Branch FC who are the representative teams that play in the FNSW State League had their U13 Boys crowned 2015 champions, and our 1st grade WPL 2 women’s were Competition runners up. Shoalhaven Association improved player numbers in all age groups for the 2015 winter season. They also had a very successful summer season increasing numbers in the senior and junior competitions.

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registered player comparison 2014 vs 2015 2014

2015

% Change

Sutherland Shire Football Association Inc.

17463

18657

6.84%

Manly Warringah Football Assocaition Inc.

15755

17154

8.88%

Northern Suburbs Football Association Inc.

15835

16233

2.51%

Granville & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

14428

15793

9.46%

Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

13659

15694

14.90%

Gladesville-Hornsby Football Association Inc.

13492

14058

4.20%

Central Coast Football

12969

13800

6.41%

Nepean Football Association Inc.

11784

12625

7.14%

Football South Coast

11181

11900

6.43%

Blacktown & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

9151

10200

11.46%

State League Clubs (FNSW Competitions)

9194

9472

3.02%

MacarthurFootball Association Inc.

8813

9434

7.05%

St George Soccer Football Inc.

8572

9346

9.03%

Southern Districts Soccer Football Association Inc.

8592

8833

2.80%

Eastern Suburbs Football Association Inc.

6042

7972

31.94%

Bankstown District Amateur Football Association Inc.

6423

6809

6.01%

Shoalhaven District Football Association Inc.

3099

3335

7.62%

North West Sydney Women’s Football Inc.

2787

2881

3.37%

Dubbo & District Football Association Inc.

2232

2382

6.72%

Orange & District Football Association Soccer Inc.

2172

2269

4.47%

Wagga Wagga & District Amateur Football Association Inc.

2015

2225

10.42%

Lachlan Amateur Soccer Association Inc.

2040

2016

-1.18%

Bathurst & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

2410

1936

-19.67%

Highlands Soccer Association Inc.

1741

1689

-2.99%

Griffith & District Soccer Association Inc.

1764

1668

-5.44%

Albury Wodonga Football Association

1390

1399

0.65%

Lithgow & District Soccer Association

787

1179

49.81%

Far South Coast Football Association Inc.

940

989

5.21%

Southern Tablelands Football Association Inc.

891

880

-1.23%

Eurobodalla Football Association Inc.

971

858

-11.64%

South West Slopes Soccer Association

580

610

5.17%

Sydney Amateur League

509

567

11.39%

Western Plains Soccer Association

646

492

-23.84%

Australian Chinese Soccer Association

307

297

-3.26%

210634

225652

7.13%

TOTALS

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age comparison 2014 vs 2015 2014

2015

% Change

6

18025

18630

3.36%

7

14546

15468

6.34%

8

14122

16153

14.38%

9

13189

14903

13.00%

10

12484

14571

16.72%

11

12210

13508

10.63%

12

11532

13169

14.20%

13

10231

11201

9.48%

14

9748

10549

8.22%

15

9199

9599

4.35%

16

7796

8384

7.54%

17

5851

6562

12.15%

18

5040

4773

-5.30%

19

4403

4271

-3.00%

21

3957

7676

93.99%

58301

56235

-3.54%

210634

225652

7.13%

All Age/Over 35 TOTALS

juniors vs seniors comparison 2014 vs 2015 2014

2015

% Change

107828

118846

10.22%

Female Junior (6-17yrs)

31105

33851

8.83%

Male Senior (18yrs+)

57006

58230

2.15%

Female Senior (18yrs+)

14695

14725

0.20%

210634

225652

7.13%

Male Junior (6-17yrs)

TOTALS

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female player comparison 2014 vs 2015 2014

2015

% Change

Sutherland Shire Football Association Inc.

5222

5626

7.74%

Manly Warringah Football Assocaition Inc.

3978

4510

13.37%

Northern Suburbs Football Association Inc. (Formerly Ku-Ring-Gai & District Football Association Inc.)

3405

3452

1.38%

Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

3165

3335

5.37%

North West Sydney Women's Football Inc.

2787

2881

3.37%

Central Coast Football

2695

2797

3.78%

Football South Coast

2689

2747

2.16%

Nepean Football Association Inc.

2430

2526

3.95%

Granville & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

2341

2502

6.88%

State League Clubs (FNSW Competitions)

1964

2129

8.40%

Eastern Suburbs Football Association Inc.

1371

1919

39.97%

Blacktown & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

1553

1780

14.62%

Macarthur District Soccer Football Association Inc.

1674

1705

1.85%

St George Soccer Football Inc.

1476

1615

9.42%

Southern Districts Soccer Football Association Inc.

1084

1146

5.72%

Bankstown District Amateur Football Association Inc.

1059

1097

3.59%

Shoalhaven District Football Association Inc.

928

996

7.33%

Lachlan Amateur Soccer Association Inc.

712

706

-0.84%

Dubbo & District Football Association Inc.

564

592

4.96%

Bathurst & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

746

539

-27.75%

Wagga Wagga & District Amateur Football Association Inc.

435

513

17.93%

Gladesville-Hornsby Football Association Inc.

527

505

-4.17%

Highlands Soccer Association Inc.

420

433

3.10%

Albury Wodonga Football Association

436

413

-5.28%

Griffith & District Soccer Association Inc.

393

342

-12.98%

Far South Coast Football Association Inc.

316

320

1.27%

Lithgow & District Soccer Association

223

318

42.60%

Orange & District Football Association Soccer Inc.

321

311

-3.12%

Eurobodalla Football Association Inc.

315

274

-13.02%

South West Slopes Soccer Association

199

211

6.03%

Southern Tablelands Football Association Inc.

169

189

11.83%

Western Plains Soccer Association

203

147

-27.59%

Australian Chinese Soccer Association

-

-

-

Sydney Amateur League

-

-

-

45800

48576

6.06%

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male player comparison 2014 vs 2015 2014

2015

% Change

Gladesville-Hornsby Football Association Inc.

12965

13553

4.54%

Granville & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

12087

13291

9.96%

Sutherland Shire Football Association Inc.

12241

13031

6.45%

Northern Suburbs Football Association Inc. (Formerly Ku-Ring-Gai & District Football Association Inc.)

12430

12781

2.82%

Manly Warringah Football Assocaition Inc.

11777

12644

7.36%

Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

10494

12359

17.77%

Central Coast Football

10274

11003

7.10%

Nepean Football Association Inc.

9354

10099

7.96%

Football South Coast

8492

9153

7.78%

Blacktown & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

7598

8420

10.82%

St George Soccer Football Inc.

7096

7731

8.95%

Macarthur District Soccer Football Association Inc.

7139

7729

8.26%

Southern Districts Soccer Football Association Inc.

7508

7687

2.38%

State League Clubs (FNSW Competitions)

7230

7343

1.56%

Eastern Suburbs Football Association Inc.

4671

6053

29.59%

Bankstown District Amateur Football Association Inc.

5364

5712

6.49%

Shoalhaven District Football Association Inc.

2171

2339

7.74%

Orange & District Football Association Soccer Inc.

1851

1958

5.78%

Dubbo & District Football Association Inc.

1668

1790

7.31%

Wagga Wagga & District Amateur Football Association Inc.

1580

1712

8.35%

Bathurst & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

1664

1397

-16.05%

Griffith & District Soccer Association Inc.

1371

1326

-3.28%

Lachlan Amateur Soccer Association Inc.

1328

1310

-1.36%

Highlands Soccer Association Inc.

1321

1256

-4.92%

Albury Wodonga Football Association

954

986

3.35%

Lithgow & District Soccer Association

564

861

52.66%

Southern Tablelands Football Association Inc.

722

691

-4.29%

Far South Coast Football Association Inc.

624

669

7.21%

Eurobodalla Football Association Inc.

656

584

-10.98%

Sydney Amateur League

509

567

11.39%

South West Slopes Soccer Association

381

399

4.72%

Western Plains Soccer Association

443

345

-22.12%

Australian Chinese Soccer Association

307

297

-3.26%

-

-

-

164834

177076

7.43%

North West Sydney Women's Football Inc. TOTALS

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futsal registered player comparison 2014 vs 2015 2014

2015

% Change

Ashfield Futsal

314

0

-

Boomerangs F.S

128

113

-11.72%

Botany Bay Pirates

83

114

37.35%

Campbelltown City Quake

97

109

12.37%

Capital FC (F-League)

33

0

-100.00%

73

-

1790

1784

-0.34%

Dural Warriors

108

111

2.78%

East Coast Heat

25

Central Coast Dural Sports & Recreation

Eastern Suburbs Futsal Club

-

162

216

33.33%

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal (Formerly Maccabi)

89

137

53.93%

Enfield Rovers

97

96

-1.03%

Epping YMCA

732

259

-64.62%

85

0

-100.00%

626

844

34.82%

43

79

83.72%

79

-

Greater Western Sydney Vikings Hawkesbury YMCA Hornsby PCYC Imperial Eagles Indoor 5's

569

311

-45.34%

Inner West Futsal (Formerly Inner City Fut5al)

318

321

0.94%

Inner West Magic (Previously Inner West Allstars)

104

148

42.31%

International Football School Futsal

167

213

27.54%

99

-

International Football School Futsal (State Comp) Just Futsal

758

873

15.17%

Lower Mountains Futsal

268

1137

324.25%

Maccabi Junior Futsal

144

Marrickville PCYC

496

321

-35.28%

95

149

56.84%

470

0

-100.00%

Mountain Majik

91

114

25.27%

Mt Druitt Town Rangers SC

89

111

24.72%

Mudgee PCYC

28

0

-

North Ryde Futsal Club

46

56

21.74%

0

30

-

104

85

-18.27%

Mascot Vipers Menai Futsal

Orange PCYC Parramatta Pumas Futsal Club

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-100.00%


Phoenix Futsal

109

145

33.03%

86

105

22.09%

Riverstone Sports

387

322

-16.80%

Riverwood YMCA

76

71

-6.58%

285

281

-1.40%

South Brisbane Futsal Club (F-League)

38

0

-

South Coast Taipans

84

150

78.57%

Sport4All Futsal

91

0

-

St Albans Strikers (F-League)

23

0

-

111

0

-

93

111

19.35%

100

94

-6.00%

44

0

-

140

131

-6.43%

47

0

-

164

104

-36.59%

93

77

-17.20%

83

-

9656

-4.68%

Raiders Futsal Club

Ryde YMCA

Sutherland Shire Futsal Sydney City Eagles Sydney Futsal Club (Formerly Sydney Benefica) Sydney Scorpions Futsal Club UTS Northside Futsal Club Vic Vipers (F-League) Wagga Futsal West City Crusaders FC Western Wolves Total

10130

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number of clubs comparison 2014 vs 2015 2014

2015

% Change

Football South Coast

51

67

31%

State League Clubs (FNSW Competitions)

58

61

5%

Southern Disctircts Soccer Football Association Inc.

35

37

6%

Gladesville-Hornsby Football Association Inc.

34

34

0%

Northern Suburbs Football Association Inc. (Formerly Ku-Ring-Gai & District Football Association Inc.)

34

34

0%

Granville & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

31

32

3%

Nepean Football Association Inc.

32

32

0%

North West Sydney Women's Football Inc.

27

28

4%

Sutherland Shire Football Association Inc.

26

26

0%

Sydney Amateur League

24

26

22%

Macarthur District Soccer Football Association Inc.

25

25

0%

Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

22

24

9%

Eastern Suburbs Football Association Inc.

26

24

-8%

St George Soccer Football Inc.

24

24

0%

Central Coast Football

23

23

0%

Bathurst & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

23

22

-5%

Blacktown & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

22

22

0%

Bankstown Disctrict Amateur Football Association Inc.

21

21

0%

Orange & District Football Association Soccer Inc.

17

19

11%

Manly Warringah Football Assocaition Inc.

18

18

0%

Dubbo & District Football Association Inc.

16

16

0%

Lachlan Amateur Soccer Association Inc.

13

13

0%

Shoalhaven District Football Association Inc.

13

13

0%

Highlands Soccer Association Inc.

11

12

10%

Wagga Wagga & District Amateur Football Association Inc.

10

11

11%

Far South Coast Football Association Inc.

8

8

0%

Griffith & District Soccer Association Inc.

9

8

-11%

Southern Tablelands Football Association Inc.

8

8

0%

Eurobodalla Football Association Inc.

7

7

0%

Western Plains Soccer Association

7

7

0%

Albury Wodonga Football Association

6

6

0%

Lithgow & District Soccer Association

5

6

20%

South West Slopes Soccer Association

5

5

0%

Australian Chinese Soccer Association

17

17

0%

708

736

4%

TOTALS 78 2015 Yearbook Football NSW


football nsw award recipients STATE AWARDS Ed Neill

Manly Warringah Football Association

Ray Guff

Gladesville Hornsby Football Association

Barry Walbancke

Blacktown Football Association

David Smith

North West Sydney Women’s Football

Scott Griffiths

Western Plains Amateur Soccer Association

Graham Tasker

Eurobodalla Association

Iain Kelly

Macarthur Football Association

Greg Brosens

Sutherland Shire FA

Claude Cuda

Football South Coast

David Payne

Lithgow District Football Association

Abdallah Tabbaa

(posthumous) Canterbury Association

Sue Hampton

Nepean Football Association

GEORGE CHURCHWARD AWARD Bill McIlveen

Sutherland Shire Football Association

lifetime members Vince Balzan

Tom A. Doumanis OAM

Bill Mcilveen

Cec Barlow*

Eric Drury

A. Raahauge*

Ron Beaumont

Trevor Elliott*

Anthony Raciti

Leonard Bolden AM

Brian Emery

Doug Rennie OAM

William Brackenbury*

Les Fairclough*

Joan Robertson*

Howard Bradley

Ken Ferguson*

Jim Ronis

Frank Broughton*

William Ford*

Laurie Simpson

Aulden Brown*

Jim Forrest

Florence Stephenson

Lionel Brown*

Ron Garvin*

Arthur Sidney Tanner BEM*

Andy Burton*

Keith Gilmour*

Jack Thomas*

George Churchward

David Goodman

John Thomson

Jack Cirjanic *

Peter Gray

Peter Thorne

Robert Clark

John Hedison

Jack Toole*

Robert Colombo

Ian Holmes

Ray Tweedie OAM

John Constantine AM, OAM

Stan Jones MBE*

Charles Valentine*

Lindsay Cosgrove

Ross Kelly

Sam Vella OAM

David Crampton

Steve Kenny

L. Williams*

William Cullinan*

Rob Laws

Bill Wilson*

Kevin Darcy*

Joe Leffley*

Frank Wilson

Harrie Dening OAM*

Peter McCann*

Rod Woods*

George Dick OAM*

Douglas McCarron

* Deceased 2015 Yearbook Football NSW 79


2015 HONOUR ROLL FOOTBALL NSW COMPETITION COMPETITION

Men’s State League 1

Men’s State League 2

Women’s State League

Regional Youth League

AGE GROUP

PREMIERS

CHAMPIONS

1st

Blacktown City FC

Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC

20’s

Blacktown City FC

Blacktown City FC

18’s

Blacktown City FC

Blacktown City FC

16’s

Sutherland Sharks FC

Sydney Olympic FC

15’s

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC

South Coast Wolves FC

14’s

Blacktown Spartans FC

Blacktown Spartans FC

13’s

St George FC

Mt Druitt Town Rangers

12’s

St George FC

Sutherland Sharks FC

1st

Spirit FC

Northern Tigers FC

20’s

Central Coast FC

Central Coast FC

18’s

Hakoah Sydney City East FC

Central Coast FC

16’s

Central Coast FC

Central Coast FC

15’s

Northern Tigers FC

Northern Tigers FC

14’s

Mounties Wanderers FC

Central Coast FC

13’s

Central Coast FC

Central Coast FC

12’s

Spirit FC

Sydney University SFC

1st

North Shore Mariners

North Shore Mariners

20’s

Western NSW Mariners FC

Western NSW Mariners FC

18’s

Hills Brumbies

Hills Brumbies

16’s

Hawkesbury City SC

Balmain Tigers FC

1st

Dunbar Rovers FC

Southern Districts SFA

20’s

Southern Districts SFA

Camden Tigers

1st

Macarthur Rams Womens FC

Sydney University SFC

Res

North Shore Mariners

Manly United FC

17’s

Macarthur Rams Womens FC

Macarthur Rams Womens FC

15’s

FNSW Institute

North Shore Mariners

13’s

FNSW Institute

FNSW Institute

1st

Marconi Stallions FC

Marconi Stallions FC

Res

Marconi Stallions FC

Inter Lions SC

17’s

Northern Tigers FC

Southern Branch FC

15’s

Sutherland Shire FA

Sutherland Shire FA

13’s

Inter Lions SC

Northern Tigers FC

1st

Western NSW Mariners FC

Bankstown City FC

Res

Bankstown City FC

Bankstown City FC

17’s

Bankstown City FC

Bankstown City FC

15’s

St George FC

St George FC

13’s

Bankstown City FC

Bankstown City FC

15's

North Shore Mariners

North Shore Mariners

14's

Southern Districts SFA

Southern Districts SFA

13's

Southern Branch

Southern Branch

12's

North Shore Mariners

Nepean FC


COMPETITION

Regional Conference

Regional Cross Over Final

AGE GROUP

PREMIERS

15's

Riverina Rhinos

14's

Riverina Rhinos

13's

St George FA

12's

Riverina Rhinos

CHAMPIONS

15's

North Shore Mariners

14's

Riverina Rhinos

13's

St George FA

12's

Riverina Rhinos

FOOTBALL NSW FUTSAL COMPETITION

Futsal Premier League

Futsal State League

AWD Futsal League

AGE GROUP

PREMIERS

CHAMPIONS

Men

Vic Vipers Futsal Club (VIC)

East Coast Heat (NSW)

Women

East Coast Heat (NSW)

Dural Warriors (NSW)

Open Men

Dural Warriors

Dural Warriors

Open Women

Dural Warriors

Enfield Rovers Futsal Club

Youth Men

Enfield Rovers Futsal Club

Campbelltown City Quake

17 Girls

Mascot Vipers

Mascot Vipers

16 Boys

Campbelltown City Quake

Campbelltown City Quake

15 Girls

Dural Warriors

Inner West Magic

14 Boys

Enfield Rovers Futsal Club

Enfield Rovers Futsal Club

13 Girls

Dural Warriors

Inner West Magic

12 Boys

Inner West Magic

Campbelltown City Quake

Open Men

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club

Open Women

Boomerangs FS

Boomerangs FS

Youth Men

Sutherland Shire Futsal

Boomerangs FS

17 Girls

South Coast Taipans

South Coast Taipans

16 Boys

Sydney City Eagles

Sydney City Eagles

15 Girls

South Coast Taipans

South Coast Taipans

14 Boys

Sydney City Eagles

South Coast Taipans

13 Girls

South Coast Taipans

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club

12 Boys

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club Mountain Majik Futsal Club


FOOTBALL NSW CUPS & COMMUNITY FOOTBALL COMPETITION

AGE GROUP

CHAMPIONS

RUNNERS UP

Sydney United 58 FC

Blacktown City FC

17 Girls

North Shore Mariners

Northern Tigers FC

15 Girls

Sutherland Shire FA

Inter Lions SC

13 Girls

Hyundai Globetrotters

Bankstown City FC

12 Girls

Griffith FA

Capital Football

15 Boys

WNSW Mariners FC

Riverina Rhinos

14 Boys

Riverina Rhinos

Southern Branch FC

13 Boys

Riverina Rhinos

Bankstown FA

12 Boys

Gladesville Hornsby FA

Sutherland Shire FA

15 Boys

Met Far North

Waratah Cup

Proctor Park Challenge

Bathurst Cup

14 Boys STATE TITLES

country riverina

STATE TITLES

STATE TITLES

country southern 13 Boys

country western

Met East STATE TITLES metro - EAST

STATE TITLES

12 Boys

Met Far South

16 Girls

City South

14 Girls STATE TITLES

metro - north

STATE TITLES metro - SOUth

STATE TITLES

metro -Riverina far SOUth Country

metro - far north

STATE TITLES

city - north 12 Girls

Met East STATE TITLES city - SOUTH

15 Boys U16 Girls 14 Boys

STATE TITLES city - central/west

Met West

Country Southern U16 Girls

Country Western

U16 Girls

13 Boys

Country Riverina

12 Boys

Country Riverina

16 Girls

Country Southern

14 Girls

Country Riverina

12 Girls

Country Western

15 Boys

Riverina

14 Boys

Riverina

13 Boys

Riverina

12 Boys

Riverina

16 Girls

Riverina

14 Girls

Riverina

12 Girls

Riverina

Bill Cullinan Cup

AA Men

Lilli Pilli FC 1 (Sutherland Shire)

Sans Souci FC (St George

Robertson Cup

21 Men

Menai Hawks FC 2 (Sutherland Shire)

Lilli Pilli FC 1 (Sutherland Shire)

O35 Men

Leichhardt Tigers JFC (Canterbury)

Como West-Jannali 1 (Sutherland Shire)

18 Men

Gymea United (Sutherland Shire)

Balmain & Districts FC (Canterbury)

17 Boys

Southern Districts FC (Southern Districts)

Parramatta City FC (Granville)

16 Boys

Port Kembla JFC (Football South Coast)

St Augustines FC (Manly Warringah)

15 Boys

AC United FC (Southern Districts)

Balmain & Districts FC (Canterbury)

14 Boys

Mt Pritchard JSC (Southern Districts)

Hills Pumas FC (Gladesville Hornsby)

13 Boys

Shellharbour JFC (Football South Coast)

Connells Point Rovers FC (St George)

Connells Point Rovers FC (St George)

Mt Pritchard JSC (Southern Districts)

Country Championships

Country Cup

STATE CUPS

Frank Broughton Cup 82 2015 Yearbook Football NSW

12 Boys


COMPETITION

AGE GROUP

CHAMPIONS

RUNNERS UP

AA Women

Dunbar Rovers FC (Eastern Suburbs)

Wakehurst FC (Manly Warringah)

18 Women

Connells Point Rovers FC (St George)

Avalon SC (Manly Warringah)

16 Women

Colo SFC (Nepean)

Lindfield FC 1 (Northern Suburbs)

14 Women

Colo SFC (Nepean)

AC United FC (Southern Districts)

12 Women

Northbridge FC 1 (Northern Suburbs)

Hornsby Heights FC (Northern Suburbs) Lilli Pilli FC (Sutherland Shire)

STATE CUPS

Cheryl Salisbury Cup

CHAMPION OF

CHAMPIONS

CHAMPION OF

CHAMPIONS

AA Men

Coogee United FC (Eastern Suburbs)

O45 Men

Pagewood Botany FC (Eastern Suburbs)

North Rocks SC (Granville)

O35 Men

Leichhardt Tigers JFC (Canterbury)

Narrabeen FC (Manly Warringah)

21 Men

Polonia Rams FC (Blacktown)

Lilli Pilli FC (Sutherland Shire)

18 Men

Wakehurst FC (Manly Warringah)

Connells Point Rovers FC (St George)

17 Boys

West Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook FC (Gladesville-Hornsby)

Glenmore Park FC (Nepean)

16 Boys

Port Kembla JFC (Football South Coast)

Castle Hill United FC (Granville)

15 Men

Arncliffe Aurora FC (St George)

AC United FC (Southern Districts)

14 Men

Mt Pritchard JSC (Southern Districts)

Auburn District SC (Granville)

13 Men

Connells Point Rovers FC (St George)

AC United FC (Southern Districts)

12 Men

Castle Hill United FC (Granville)

Forest Killarney FC (Manly Warringah)

AA Women

Epping YMCA FC (North West Sydney Women)

Brookvale FC (Manly Warringah)

O30 Women

Marton Hammers FC (Sutherland Shire)

Pittwater RSL FC (Manly Warringah)

21 Women

Doonside Hakws SC (Blacktown)

Miranda Magpies FC (Sutherland Shire)

18 Women

Narrellan Rangers SC (Macarthur)

Avalon SC (Manly Warringah)

Colo SFC (Nepean)

Collaroy Cromer Strikers FC (Manly Warringah)

14 Women

Kellyville Kols SC (Granville)

Shellharbour JFC (Football South Coast)

12 Women

Hornsby Heights FC (Northern Suburbs)

Camden Tigers SC (Macarthur)

16 Women

FFA NATIONAL COMPETITIONS COMPETITION

FINALS SERIES

AGE GROUP

CHAMPIONS

15 Girls

Country NSW

Under 12 Boys

NSW Metro Thunder

Under 12 Girls

NSW Metro Thunder

Under 13 Boys

NSW Metro Thunder

Under 14 Boys

NSW Metro

Under 14 Girls

NSW Metro Thunder

Under 15 Boys

NSW Metro Thunder

Under 16 Boys

NSW Metro Thunder

Under 16 Girls

NSW Metro Lightning

Youth Women (U19)

NSW Metro

Under 23 Men

NSW Metro

Under 23 Women

NSW Metro Thunder

Blacktown City FC

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Acknowledgements We wish to thank everyone who has contributed to the production of the Football NSW 2015 Yearbook. Football NSW Staff, including CEO Eddie Moore, the Senior Executive Team and the Marketing team of Ricardo Piccioni, Mark Stavroulakis, Matthew Greenlaw and Melinda Kopp. Journalists, including Matthew Galea and Daniel De Nardi and photographers Gavin Leung, George Loupis and Jeremy Ng. And special thanks to every member of the Associations, Branches and Clubs, whose contributions on and off the field made 2015 such a special year for football in NSW.

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