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2016 YEARBOOK


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CONTENTS 4 CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 5

CEO’S REPORT

6

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

7

2016 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

8

MARKETING OUR GAME

9

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

11 FACILITIES DEVELOPMENT & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS 13 VALENTINE SPORTS PARK

15 SKILL ACQUISITION PROGRAM

24 PS4 NPL 3 NSW MEN’S

16 PUMA CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

27 PS4 NPL NSW WOMEN’S

17 STATE CUPS

25 STATE LEAGUE MEN’S 28 PS4 NPL 2 NSW WOMEN’S 29 STATE LEAGUE WOMEN’S

18 FEMALE FOOTBALL WEEK

31 WARATAH CUP

19 AIA VITALITY MINIROOS

33 WESTFIELD FFA CUP

21 PS4 NPL NSW MEN’S

35 FOOTBALL4ALL

23 PS4 NPL 2 NSW MEN’S

36 NATIONS OF ORIGIN


37 NATIONAL INDIGENOUS FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS 38 NATIONAL PARALYMPIC 7-A-SIDE

47 FOOTBALL NSW INSTITUTE

77 AGE COMPARISONS

48 COMMUNITY COACH EDUCATION

78 GENDER COMPARISONS 80 FUTSAL REGISTERED PLAYER COMPARISON

39 POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL

49 ADVANCED COACH EDUCATION

41 SUMMER FOOTBALL

50 REFEREE DEVELOPMENT

43 FUTSAL COMPETITIONS

51 SCHOOLS

45 NATIONAL FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

52 FOOTBALL NSW ASSOCIATIONS

83 AWARDS & LIFETIME MEMBERS

46 FOOTBALL NSW STATE TEAMS

76 PLAYER COMPARISON

84 HONOUR ROLL

82 NUMBER OF CLUBS COMPARISON


CHAIRMAN’S

REPORT

Anter Isaac The last 12 months have seen the organisation focus on itself, with a view to understanding its capabilities, and those of our Associations and clubs, and how we can strengthen these in readiness for the growth we are striving for. During this retrospection, we have also been challenged by some issues that have required the Board and management to act quickly to resolve. These issues have been incredibly sensitive, and have required the most delicate attention, management and planning given the damage already experienced and the even more catastrophic damage to this organisation had the Board and management not intervened. This type of language may come as a shock to many. It should not. Rather, we would hope that this emboldens you all to know that this organisation, your organisation, will protect and defend you as strongly as it will help you grow and develop. Of course, the decisions made by your Board and management can always be expected to attract some form of criticism, especially from stakeholders who may

• Focusing on driving commercial revenue growth by appointing a Head of Commercial • Designing a more efficient organisational structure to improve delivery of services and support to members and stakeholders These achievements, whilst important, are only the foundations for the platform that the Board and management have begun building for the ambitious growth we are focussed on achieving - with you, and for you. This coming twelve months we will work diligently to change the organisation’s focus and purpose from compliance and coordination to service and support, striving to make you all better and stronger, while still driving further growth. The Board and management will address opportunities to generate greater revenue from outside of the participants, Associations and clubs, with a view to then reinvesting those funds for your benefit, in turn, helping you to become stronger.

have felt disadvantaged or adversely impacted upon. However, I can assure you that

In the next 12 months, especially, you will see, among other things, improved

each decision is considered prudently, discussed transparently, and rationalised

performance and greater engagement through:

reasonably with the outcome always being focussed on what is in the best interests

• The appointment of a Chief Executive

of football first. As Chairman, my philosophy focusses on participative leadership, strategic thinking and capability building, with a major emphasis on transparency and accountability. This year, a number of changes have occurred within the organisation. We have regenerated the Board, including my assuming the role of chair, and at senior management level we have had some retirements, which are not uncommon, given the changes both at Board level and in the focus of the organisation. In the last 12 months, especially, the Board has worked diligently and intently on: • Resolving constitutional issues which hamstrung the governance of the organisation • Transitioning from a fragmented Board to one that is stable and works together effectively and cooperatively • Making difficult, but ever so necessary, management changes • Shifting the organisation’s ‘way-of-thinking’ from administrative and compliance to football development and member service and support • Working to resolve a crisis-situation within our member association family • Implementing critical policies and systems • Working to improve all facets of our competitions • Focusing on elite women’s football development by appointing a Women’s Advanced Coach Education Manager • Focusing on developing and growing Futsal by appointing a full-time Futsal Member Services Manager

• Focussing on enhancing our brand and ability to grow commercial revenue • Working with all stakeholders to develop a 2030 Vision, for Football NSW and football in NSW • Implementation of a new organisational structure, including establishment of a dedicated Member Services and Development unit • Constitutional review to improve governance and further protect Football NSW and its members • Delivering better, and more, workshops through new ‘capability-building’ programs – intended to help our Associations and clubs plan, better manage and grow their businesses • Working to improve the tangible value that football participants receive for their fees • Continued focus on the welfare and well-being of participants • Improved delivery of football activities, programs and competitions for the development of players, coaches and referees • Continued implementation of best-practice governance and management policies and systems that improve performance • An improved website and digital platform • Greater use of streaming and broadcasting services • Delivering more and better facilities to our stakeholders We will not always get it right – but I can promise you that we will always make decisions in the best interests of you as a group.


CEO’S REPORT Stefan Kamasz (Interim) It is over a decade since I was previously directly involved with Football

I would also like to extend my appreciation for the investment support we receive

NSW, so to witness how the organisation has grown significantly during

from all levels of government – Federal, State and Local. Through our newly

this period and developed the wonderful facilities at Glenwood is nothing

created Government Relations & Facilities Department we have established

short of amazing.

greater and enhanced links with these authorities. We particularly thank the NSW

It is an absolute credit to everyone, including all

stakeholders, associated with this organisation.

Government for the establishment of the $4.12 million Asian Cup Legacy Fund, which we administer jointly with Northern NSW Football.

Simply put, Valentine Sports Park is without parallel in Australia and as a sport we should be very proud to have it as our home and headquarters. It is central to

To our commercial partners, who sponsor our game and provide much needed

much of our decisions and activities and increasingly serves as a facility for visiting

funds and products, I commend and thank you for your support.

teams including national squads and international clubs, educational courses in coaching, administration and officiating, and other community programs. I am

Sincere thanks also must go to the staff here at Football NSW who do a

sure that Charles Valentine would be proud of what all of you have achieved with

wonderful job of servicing our stakeholders, at times under great pressure. Their

his legacy.

commitment to this organisation often goes unnoticed, even unappreciated by stakeholders. They are, however, a wonderful team who contribute significantly

In a number of areas 2016 has continued to be a year of growth in NSW, although

to our successes.

not at the level of the previous year. No doubt growth was hampered somewhat by the lack of additional playing facilities experienced at Association level, as well

Our on and off field, results in 2016 occurred totally under my predecessor, Eddie

as the disaffiliation of a number of clubs, who fortunately will return to the fold in

Moore, so I congratulate him on his leadership as CEO and indeed his major role

2017. Notwithstanding this, our total participant numbers have increased, with

over the past five years in helping establish this wonderful facility at Valentine

Summer Football enjoying considerable growth of over 33%.

Sports Park.

During the year we have increased the servicing of our regional stakeholders,

It would be remiss of me if I did not acknowledge the passing of life members John

we have entered into a MOU with NSW Futsal, we have assisted stakeholders in

Constantine OA, the former President of the NSW Soccer Federation and Soccer

numerous grant applications and have

Australia, and the much loved John Thomson, as well as the former Socceroos Medical Officer, Dr Brian Corrigan. Each in his own way contributed significantly

Under the chairmanship of Anter Isaac, the board of Football NSW has continued

to football in NSW and each will be sadly missed.

to provide leadership and a commitment to growth. The board is committed to ensuring best practice in its governance, the introduction of capability building

As I stated earlier at the start of this report, 2016 has continued to be a year of

programs as well as policies which will optimise the servicing of all stakeholders

growth in NSW. The platform we are continuing to construct will ensure that this

and enhanced management practices. I congratulate Anter and his hard working

growth continues into 2017 and beyond.

board and thank them for the countless hours, energy and dedication they display in carrying out their duties. I extend our sincere thanks and congratulations to the members of the various Standing Committees, Disciplinary Committees and Tribunals who devote significant time in fulfilling their duties. I also want to recognise the role that all of our stakeholders - metropolitan and regional – undertake to ensure the success of our game. Their officials and volunteers are the lifeblood of football at grassroots level and their passion and tireless efforts require acknowledgement.


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 2016. 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. In 2016, the members of the Disciplinary Committee, General Purposes Tribunal and Appeals Tribunal were: DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE Barry Hoare Geoff Leverton Clive Cachia Richard Arrage Theo Wisman Stan Allatt Sandra Robinson Robert Iaconis Aaron Koelmeyer

Anter Isaac

Rob Laws

1st Mar 2013 - Current

19th Mar 2016 - Current

GENERAL PURPOSES TRIBUNAL David Lewis (Chair) Ben Jones (Vice-Chair) Marcelo Valerio (Vice-Chair) Louis Fayd’herbe Mendo Cklamovski Ray Lovat Duncan Tweed Ian Westray Courtney McLean Alex Brown Tyrone Dutt APPEALS TRIBUNAL Anthony Lo Surdo SC (Co-Chair) Iain Todd (Co-Chair) Graham Turnbull SC (Vice-Chair) Zali Steggall OAM (Vice-Chair) Peter Mulligan Iain Rennie Julia Sorbara David Stanton Ivan Griscti Michael Holmes Anthony Scarcella

Stephen Hayes

Jeanette Jones

27th Oct 2010 - Current

1st Oct 2011 - Current

James Chetcuti

Louie Apostolovski

Chris Gardiner

1st Mar 2013 - Current

14th Mar 2014 - Current

19th Mar 2016 - Current

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2016 HIGHLIGHTS SEASON PARTICIPATION

325,481

TOTAL PARTICIPANTS

PLAYERS

CLUBS

293,083 COACHES

REFEREES

15,287

5,257

GENDER PROFILE 5-11 YRS

41.5%

716

MALE 78% 12-17 YRS

26.6%

VOLUNTEERS

11,854

FEMALE 22% 18+ YRS

31.9%

OUTDOOR

SUMMER

FUTSAL

SCHOOLS

222,612

31,904

10,184

28,383*

Western Plains Amateur Soccer Association

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

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MARKETING OUR GAME Each year Football NSW coordinates a multi-channelled marketing campaign to promote the registration of players, coaches, referees and volunteers, with the aim of increasing the recruitment and retention of participants across the state.

Working alongside Associations and Football Federation Australia in 2016,

Summer Football player numbers are rapidly increasing, and ensuring

a range of support was made available to administrators including social

these players are encouraged to play during the winter outdoor season

media graphics, posters, and banners, personalised for clubs.

was a priority in 2016. Those 5,000 footballers that weren’t already

Newspaper advertorials and advertisements placed in local newspapers allowed for a targeted approach to the recruitment element of the

playing winter outdoor football were invited to continue playing after their summer competition concluded.

campaign whilst radio advertisements on mainstream radio stations

Over 20,000 players who registered in 2016 indicated they might be

maximised reach. Consistent artwork, tone and creative across all

interested in refereeing, and these participants were reached out to with

mediums strengthened the Play Football message, ensuring a clear and

refereeing information and details on how to take the Laws of the Game

confident brand.

online test.

The Football NSW registration website playfootballnsw.com.au facilitates

Coaches were identified as being disproportionately underrepresented in

an easy user journey and assists in the rollout of digital marketing.

the number of registrations and so stressing to clubs & Associations the

Targeted social media advertising, electronic direct marketing (eDM) and

importance of registering their coaches was communicated. Incentivising

a text message to last year’s participants made for cost effective solutions

registering to coach by offering weekly training session plans was a way of

to reach out to the football family.

further increasing participation numbers in the 2016 season.

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SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING As the digital landscape continues to shift and evolve it is important for football to maintain a strong digital footprint. Football NSW aims to do just that. Statistics from the 2016 football season demonstrate the reach and cut-through we are achieving from our online platforms. Through a mix of website, social and video, Football NSW continues to strengthen the beautiful game in the digital space.

FOOTBALL NSW WEBSITES PAGEVIEWS footballnsw.com.au

summerfootball.com.au

3,741,000 WEBPAGE VIEWS

100,000 WEBPAGE VIEWS

localfutsal.com.au

40,000 WEBPAGE VIEWS

Football NSW & Association competition management statistics across “SportsTG”

REACH

VIDEO VIEWS

playfootballnsw.com.au

nplnsw.com.au

60,000

581,666

WEBPAGE VIEWS

WEBPAGE VIEWS

20,000,000 FOLLOWERS/SUBSCRIBERS

1,600,000

133,737

4,900

16,943,913

823,048

3,100

AUDIENCE

followers likes

7,000

2,000

19,000

106,000

All statistics above represent the period beginning 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016 2016 Yearbook | 9


FACILITIES DEVELOPMENT & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS A breakthrough year with the launch of the NSW Facilities Unit and the NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund.

2016 saw massive strides for football facilities in NSW with the provision of increased assistance to football stakeholders and the launch of the first football-only facilities fund from the state government.

developments at West Epping Park adding further to the world-class facilities for participants on the North Shore, and the development at Ian McLennan Park giving Football South Coast its first full-sized synthetic field.

The year kicked off with the setting up of the NSW Facilities Unit, a joint venture between Football NSW and Northern NSW Football, which greatly increases the resources available to all clubs and associations in NSW as they look to improve their facilities and engagement with local councils and members of parliament. The three-person unit is based at Valentine Sports Park and provides advice, information and assistance to all organisations, helping them in their engagement with government at all levels, and producing relevant information such as strategic documents and facilities guides through the footballfacilities.com.au website. A quarterly newsletter was published and distributed for the first time in June, highlighting all major developments in the facilities field.

The annual football facilities forum was held for the third time, at Valentine Sports Park, with more than 150 delegates in attendance. Speakers included Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic, Federal member for Reid, Craig Laundy MP and State member for Hornsby, Matt Kean, MP. Presentations covered a range of subjects from grass field maintenance to business strategic planning.

The Unit also produces video content to help sell the story of the need for facilities investment, and a number of well-received videos were distributed during the year, including the story of the Banksia Tigers new amenities block and the announcement of the synthetic fields to be developed at Christie Park and ELS Hall by City of Ryde Council.

Without doubt, the biggest news in 2016 came in September, when the NSW Minister for Sport, the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, announced the establishment of the NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund. After two years of discussions and advocacy by Football NSW, the state government confirmed the setting up of this football-only facilities fund, utilising $4.12 million windfall profit from the successful Asian Cup held in Australia, to provide funding for community clubs and associations in the development of their facilities. The first round of the Fund opened on 5th September, inviting organisations to apply for grants of up to $150,000, with the Facilities Unit on hand to provide help to all prospective applicants.

The new fields are a major achievement for GHFA and NW Sydney Women’s Football after years of discussion, in a year that saw many Local Councils embrace synthetic field technology and build or plan a number of new pitches across the metropolitan area. In January, Macarthur FA became the proud operator of a new field at Lynwood Park, and this was followed by new synthetics at Heffron Park, Maroubra; Pennant Hills Park; Waverley Oval No. 2 and North Turramurra Recreation Area. 2017 will see another spate of

The importance of this Fund cannot be overstated, with football clubs and associations affiliated to Football NSW having access to significant and widespread government funds for the very first time, helping them build partnerships with Local, State and Federal government to achieve real progress in the development of their facilities. 2017 promises to be a fantastic year with a number of successful developments set to be undertaken. Banksia Tigers Christie Park and ELS Hall Facilities Forum 2016 NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund

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VALENTINE SPORTS PARK Valentine Sports Park, the redeveloped Home of Football in NSW, has played host to the full spectrum of the football family in 2016.

Valentine Sports Park has serviced the sport and recreation needs of the local community and provided an avenue for numerous sports to experience the facility through its accommodation. In addition, the indoor swimming pool housed learn to swim classes by Waves Swim Academy and was used as a recovery tool by many users. These state of the art facilities support the development of the game at all levels from grassroots through to the elite. Valentine Sports Park has become a hub for the football family, connecting the community through a modern facility. The venue hosted in excess of 1,600 separate events and it is estimated over 250,000 people passed through the venue in 2016. These events included; numerous SAP Gala Days, the football4all Gala Day, PUMA Champion of Champions, Grassroots Friday, Facilities

Forum, School Championship events (CIS, CHS, AICES, PSSA, All Schools Tournaments), various PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues NSW Clubs and weekly club trainings. This growth is envisaged to increase in years to come and is evident with the strong usage already being experienced in 2017. Valentine Sports Park was also at the forefront of international exposure, as a number of clubs from around the globe visited, trained, and stayed at Football NSW’s headquarters nestled in the ever growing suburb of Glenwood in Sydney’s West. The likes of National Teams such as the Solomon Islands, Fiji’s Under 20 squad as well as our very own Matildas, Young Matildas and Futsalroos all utilised the venue. Chinese clubs Guangzhou R & F along with Shandong Luneng Taishan U19s and Japan’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima Youth Team were also visitors. 2016 Yearbook | 13


SKILL ACQUISITION PROGRAM Football NSW was blessed with another fantastic year of Skill Acquisition Program football action as the program took centre stage during the course of the season with Gala Days held in March, April, July and August.

Renowned for being a celebration for players, coaches and parents alike, the Gala Days once again gave everyone a chance to see players showcase their talents in a safe and fun environment with the freedom to play without sideline commentary or coaching. Likened to a football festival for all officially accredited Football NSW SAP Licensees from across NSW, SAP Clubs from the under 9’s, 10’s, 11’s and 12’s engaged in football matches as Valentine Sports Park, official headquarters of Football NSW, once again hosted the event in 2016. This year saw an increase in the number of SAP licensees as well as the addition of the U12 age group and also the inclusion of the U10 and U12 Girls programs. July’s SAP Gala Day featured the U9 and U10 SAP clubs along with the U10 Girls SAP with the likes of teams from Griffith Football, Canberra United and the Emerging Jets joining in on the football festivities. With over 2400 players taking part in what were great SAP Gala Days, 2017 promises to be an even bigger and better year for all SAP Licensees involved.

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PUMA CHAMPION CHAMPIONS OF CHAMPIONS CHAMPION OF

CHAMPION OF

CHAMPIONS

01:

USE: OVER WIDE at The 2016 PUMA Champion ofLARGE Champions finals150MM were played This logo has a smaller ‘ ® ’ symbol Valentine Sports Park on Sunday 23rd of October with eighteen highly entertaining matches that rocked Football NSW’s headquarters.

02:

SMALL USE: 55MM - 150MM WIDE This logo has a larger ‘ ’ symbol

®

PUMA CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS 2016 FINALS RESULTS

The ‘Home of Football’ in NSW played host to grassroots football’s most prestigious tournament. Teams from all over NSW wowed spectators in what was a wonderful day for the round ball game that proved to be a hit with players and managers as well as the referees and officials on the day. Both Sutherland and Manly Associations proved to be the major victors on the day as they had three teams from their areas triumph in their respective age groups while Football South Coast, Southern Districts and North West Sydney Women’s took out two titles. Blacktown, Granville, Northern Suburbs, Eastern Suburbs and St George all bagged a title each while it was a year to remember for Griffith’s Association club’s Hanwood FC who took out the 12 Boys title in a huge win for the country region based club. 16 | Football NSW

12 Boys

Hanwood FC (Griffith & District FA) 2 v Hornsby RSL Youth (Northern Suburbs FA) 1

12 Girls

Shellharbour JFC (Football South Coast) 4 v Cooks River Titans (Canterbury & District SFA) 0

13 Boys

Forest Killarney FC (Manly Warringah FA) 4 v Wahroonga (Northern Suburbs FA) 0

14 Boys

Mt Pritchard (Southern Districts SFA) 2 v Connells Point Rovers FC (St George FA) 0

14 Girls

Avalon FC (Manly Warringah FA) 1 v Cronulla Seagulls (Sutherland Shire) 4

15 Boys

Mt Pritchard (Southern Districts SFA) 5 v Lourdes (Blacktown & District FA) 2

16 Girls

Gladesville Ravens (North West Sydney Womens FA) 1 v Northbridge FC (Northern Suburbs FA) 1 Gladesville Ravens won 4-3 on penalties

16 Boys

Kemps Creek (Southern Districts SFA) 0 v Riverstone Schofields (Blacktown & District FA) 2

17 Boys

Winston Hills Bears (Granville DSFA) 2 v Epping FC (Gladesville Hornsby FA) 2, Winston Hills Bears won 5-4 on penalties

18 Women

Albion Park JFC (Football South Coast) 3 v Albury City FC (Albury Wodonga FA) 1

18 Men

Mt Pritchard (Southern Districts SFA) 0 v Wakehurst FC (Manly Warringah FA) 5

21 Women

Thirroul FC (Football South Coast) 0 v Epping FC (North West Sydney Womens FA) 4

21 Men

North Sydney United (Northern Suburbs FA) 2 v Gladesville Ravens (Gladesville Hornsby FA) 0

All Age Women

Dunbar Rovers (Eastern Suburbs FA) 2 v Tarrawanna FC (Football South Coast) 1

All Age Men

Narrabeen FC (Manly Warringah FA) 5 v West Pymble (Northern Suburbs FA) 4

Over 30 Women

Wakehurst FC (Manly Warringah FA) 0 v Marton (Sutherland Shire) 1

Over 35 Men

Cronulla Seagulls (Sutherland Shire) 4 v North Sydney United (Northern Suburbs FA) 0

Over 45 Men

Hurstville City Minotaurs (St George FA) 2 v Epping Eastwood (Gladesville Hornsby FA) 1


STATE CUPS

STATE CUPS

Valentine Sports Park was gripped with one of the most important date in Football NSW’s Association calendar, the 2016 State Cup Finals as hundreds flocked to take part in the state based tournament on Sunday 17th July.

Swarms of fans from across NSW 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 what was a memorable day for all participants of the wonderful game. Four age groups are 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’s the Robertson Cup while the All Age Men fought it out for the Bill Cullinan Cup. Hornsby RSL Youth kicked off proceedings with a welldeserved victory against Seaforth FC to be awarded the Frank Broughton Cup. While in the Cheryl Salisbury Cup, Northbridge FC defeated Shellharbour JFC 1-0 in what was a great spectacle. The Robertson Cup, for the second year running, saw an all Sutherland Association final as Menai Hawks defeated opponents Barden Ridgebacks 3-0. While finally in the Bill Cullinan Cup, Lilli Pilli FC, for the second year running, proved far too strong for the Glebe Gorillas with a 4-1 victory. It was both the Sutherland Shire Football Association and Northern Suburbs 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, Southern Districts and Granville had two teams from each of their Associations grab silverware while Macarthur, Bankstown, Manly and Football South Coast each had a team that celebrated a Finals victory.

STATE CUPS 2016 FINALS RESULTS 12 Boys

Frank Broughton Cup Hornsby RSL Youth (Northern Suburbs FA) 3 v Seaforth (Manly Warringah FA) 1

12 Girls

Cheryl Salisbury Cup Shellharbour 0 JFC (Football South Coast) v Northbridge 2 (Northern Suburbs FA) 1

13 Boys

Connells Point Rovers FC (St George FA) 2 v Forest Killarney FC (Manly Warringah FA) 1

14 Boys

Connells Point Rovers FC (St George FA) 1 v Mt Pritchard (Southern Districts SFA) 5

14 Girls

AC United (Southern Districts SFA) 0 v Northbridge FC 1 (Northern Suburbs FA) 3

15 Boys

Lake Heights JFC (Football South Coast) 0 v Harrington United FC 1 (Macarthur FA) 3

16 Boys

Connells Point Rovers FC (St George FA) 0 v Sydney Juniors (Southern Districts SFA) 1

16 Girls

Padstow Hornets FC (Bankstown DAFA) 0 v Gladesville Ravens (North West Sydney Womens FA) 1

17 Boys

Winston Hills (Granville& Districts SFA) 0 v Gymea United (Sutherland Shire) 1

18 Men

Wakehurst FC (Manly Warringah FA) 2 v Georges River (Sutherland Shire)

18 Women

Colo Soccer FC (Nepean FA) 0 v Connells Point Rovers (St George FA)

21 Men

Robertson Cup Menai Hawks (Sutherland Shire) 3 v Barden Ridgebacks (Sutherland Shire) 0

All Age

Bill Cullinan Cup Glebe Gorillas (Sydney Amateur FL) 1 v Lilli Pilli FC 2

Men

(Sutherland Shire) 4

All Age

Albion Park WFC (Football South Coast) 2 v Wollongong Olympic Womens

Women

(Football South Coast) 1

Over 35

Granville Rage (Granville DSFA) 2 v Dunbar Rovers (Eastern Suburbs FA) 1

Men

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FEMALE FOOTBALL WEEK It was a fun filled football affair as Westfield W-League players flocked the Female Football Festival Gala Day at Valentine Sports Park

the event and was excited to see the development of the women’s game.

Bega host first ‘Girls Only’ Gala Day Girl Power was certainly the theme when 130 young energetic females participated in Bega’s first ‘Girls Only’ Gala Day. Organised by Far South Coast General Manager Kerryn Constable and assisted by Football NSW’s Servet Uzunlar and Lily Dillinger, the 130 enthusiastic young female stars from Years 3 to 6, were placed into ten teams that took part in matches throughout the course of the day. Titled ‘Mini Matilda’s’ Gala Day, it was a fantastic opportunity for the sport in emphasising exercise and fun, not just winning, but introducing football to girls who may not have had the chance to play the game before.

Gala Day success Teams from across Sydney Metro, Western NSW and also a team from Mid North Coast, participated in non-competitive matches across the day as players soaked in the fun and excitement of the world game. Football NSW Game Development Manager Hayley Todd was delighted with the turn-up and promotion the festival achieved. “The event was a huge success in highlighting the development of female players across the state and that not only was it the girls time to shine, it showed that the future was extremely bright for women’s football in the years to come.” The second highlight of the day, was when players from both Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers arrived at the venue to meet players, sign autographs and have photos taken. Players from the PS4 NPL1 NSW Women’s competitions – Renee Rollason, Princess Ibini (Sydney FC) along with Michelle Carney (Golden Boot 2015), Jada Mathyssen-Whyman (2015 Goalkeeper of the Year) (Western Sydney Wanderers) were joined by Westfield Matildas World Cup and Sydney FC players Kyah Simon, Alana Kennedy, Nicola Bolger and Leena Khamis. Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers were put through their paces in a light training session after the matches were completed. Both coaches Dan Barrett (Sydney FC) and Norman Boardman (WSW) were impressed with the players which they saw during the morning and the event as a whole in promoting the women’s game. Westfield Matildas Coach Alan Stajic was also impressed with 18 | Football NSW

Teams that featured in the Gala Day were St Pats, Quamma, Mumbulla, and Wolumla all of which played against each other in a fun and fair spirit. Former Matildas star Uzunlar was impressed with the Girls’ talents that were put on show on the day. “First and foremost it was great branching the sport of Football to regional areas such as Bega and to see the smiles on all the Girls faces was what mattered most for us. “We saw a number of first time players who generally took to the sport rather well and we are hoping that this will in turn encourage them to participate in Football in the not too distant future. “Either way the winner was Football.”


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AIA VITALITY MINIROOS AIA Vitality MiniRoos continues to strengthen our junior player base across Football NSW with over 92,000 players in 2016 across our 32 member associations.

Representing age groups Under 6 to Under 11, AIA Vitality MiniRoos is played on modified football fields relative to the age of players, along with playing numbers and rules to increase engagement and enjoyment. AIA Vitality MiniRoos is solely player focused, ensuring that the

Females involved at our youngest age groups continued to grow in 2016, reaching a total of 18,662 across the MiniRoos age groups. This has been achieved due to the ongoing work both on and off the field in female football.

Register at miniroos.com.au

environment is inclusive, enjoyable and safe for players to learn new skills the game of football.

embedding core skills, understanding and an overall love for the game by the time they graduate MiniRoos and move into youth football.

It is no small feat that each week over 92,000 participants take to the field, utilising core skills they have learnt through game-based activities that follow the FFA National Curriculum. Over 18,222 Under 6 players were welcomed to football in 2016, playing in a 4v4 format with no goalkeepers on a small sided field. As players continue their journey through football development goal keepers are included, with the Under 8 and 9 age groups playing 7v7 on a slightly larger field. As our players exit the discovery phase of football, coaches begin to focus on technical development, particularly First Touch, 1v1 ability, Striking the ball and Running with the ball. During the Skill Acquisition Phase in Under10 and 11 games become 9 aside, played on a bigger field once again, roughly between the penalty boxes of a full size field. The gradual increase of player numbers and field dimensions from Under 6 to Under 11 is imperative to player engagement and enjoyment,

On the field there has been an increase in competitions and teams for girls throughout our footprint, which has been supported once again by the presence of the Matilda’s and also the release of the Women’s Football Development guide by Football Federation Australia. Each MiniRoos team in 2016 were provided a club coordinator pack including footballs and game leader vests by our national sponsors, AIA Vitality, to ensure that each game-day experience was well-equipped and resourced in time for kick off. Football NSW is looking forward to continuing this offer into 2017 to resource our players, coaches and managers to deliver organised football each weekend. The success of MiniRoos can be seen throughout NSW with an increase in female players, increase in attendance at community coaching courses and the fantastic support shown each week by volunteers. Football NSW were pleased to be invited to over 12 association gala days, showcasing the love and passion for the game. 2016 Yearbook | 19


PS4 NPL NSW MEN’S NSW MEN’S

It was a monumental year for Sydney United 58 FC as they took out three out of the four pieces of silverware on offer .

Sydney United 58 FC were crowned Premiers for 2016 in the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competition as well as taking out the PS4 NPL Finals Series Grand Final defeating Northern NSW outfit Edgeworth Eagles 4-1 and the Waratah Cup Final.

Franco Cosentino’s Parramatta FC side took out tenth position while it was a year to forget for the Wollongong Wolves as they finished second from the bottom. Coach Jacob Timpano bringing in changes for the 2017 season to ensure the former NSL giants have a better season next year.

It capped off a fine year for the Edensor Park based club who are the only side to have won two PS4 NPL Finals Series Championships.

It was a sad year for Ben de Haan and his Blacktown Spartans squad as they were relegated from the PS4 NPL NSW Men’s competition finishing bottom of the Club Championship as well as taking out the dreaded wooden spoon in the senior competition.

Mark Rudan’s men finished nine points clear of its nearest rivals Blacktown City FC who did grab some vital bragging rights defeating Sydney United 58 in the 2016 PS4 NPL NSW Men’s Grand Final 3-0 in front of a boisterous crowd at Leichhardt Oval.

2016 FIRST GRADE TEAM OF THE YEAR

It was the year that Blacktown City’s lethal attacker Danny Choi will never forget as he scored himself a memorable double in the Final as well as putting himself on the national map after notching a spectacular 70-metre goal in the club’s magnificent 6-2 victory over Sydney United 58 in the round of 32 of the Westfield FFA Cup competition.

SEKIYA

The top five took an interesting twist in 2016 as Paul Dee’s Manly United squad led by PS4 NPL NSW Men’s Gold Medal Player of the Year winner and Wellington Phoenix star Adam Parkhouse, finished in third spot having made Cromer Park its fortress – Dee also picked up the Coach of the Year award for his efforts and the club were also rewarded with the 2016 Club Championship, a magnificent feat achieved by the Northern Beaches based club who have gone from strength to strength across all their age groups in particular the seniors.

CHOI

MALLIA

Paul Reid’s Rockdale City Suns took out fourth spot while the Bonnyrigg White Eagles led by the ever experienced coaching duo of Brian ‘Bomber’ Brown and Cliff Pointer shook off a shocking start to the year by sailing home in fifth spot clinching the final spot for the finals series.

For Olympic, veteran goalkeeper Paul Henderson continued to defy the odds as the 40 year-old bagged himself yet another plaudit being awarded the Goalkeeper of the Year award in NSW’s top tier competition.

COACH: DEE

SUBS

A whole host of teams battled hard but fell in the last hurdle with clubs such as Sydney Olympic, Sutherland Sharks, APIA Leichhardt Tigers and Hakoah Sydney City East all finishing in mid-table.

LITTLER

MANOS

PAYNE

ALAMEDDINE

USKOK

NIKAS

PARKHOUSE

PAULL

HENDERSON

MACKENZIE

CHOLAKIAN

RICCIUTO

PETERSON

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PS4 NPL 2 NSW MEN’S 2 NSW MEN’S

What a huge year it was for the new boys on the block Sydney FC.

Coached by Robbie Stanton, a former Sutherland Sharks manager, the Sky Blues proved too strong for the thirteen other teams including staunch rivals Western Sydney Wanderers, taking out the Premiership and Championship in sheer style. Made up of NSW’s rising young stars, FC took out the Grand Final defeating the Wanderers 4-1 thanks to goals from Bai Antoniou, Charles Lokolingoy, Christopher Arditti and Juan Zapata. The Sky Blues dominated the awards also as apart from winning promotion into NSW’s top tier competition for 2017, they took out the Club Championship, their ace marksman Lokolingoy received the Golden Boot banging in 25 goals while Stanton claimed the Coach of the Year award. The Wanderers, coached by Trevor Morgan earned second spot with the likes of Bankstown City FC, former NSL Giants Marconi Stallions and Mounties Wanderers rounding up the top five. Mt Druitt Town Rangers, Northern Tigers, Macarthur Rams, St George and the Central Coast Mariners FC all had average seasons finishing up in mid-table placings while it was a year to forget for Fraser Park coached by former Socceroo star Jason Culina and father Branko, although they finished in eleventh spot in the senior standings, they finished bottom of the Club Championship ladder, thus relegating them to the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 3 NSW Men’s competition for 2017. Spirit FC surprisingly ended the season on a sour note finishing in twelfth position followed by the Bankstown Berries while it was a hard start to their PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 2 campaign for the North Shore Mariners, after winning promotion in 2015, the club claimed the unwanted prize of the wooden spoon. Mounties Wanderers big marksman Matthew West had a year he will never forget having caught the attention of many top tier clubs after his breakthrough season that saw him earn the plaudits as the competition’s Player of the Year.


PS4 NPL 3 NSW MEN’S Hills Brumbies were the talk of the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 3 NSW Men’s competition as they were crowned the 2016 Premiers.

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Hills Brumbies dusted off their competition whilst taking out the coveted Club Championship award that catapulted them into the PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 2 competition in 2017.

Gladesville Ryde Magic had a good year just missing out on playing finals

The coaching trio of Dan Sheppard along with Joe and Greg Giovenali ensured the pathway continued for the Brumbies towards the next level of competition after a sterling season finishing up with 56 points, eight more than nearest rivals Rydalmere Lions SC and Dunbar Rovers, while Stanmore Hawks and Sydney University rounded up the top five.

FC taking out the wooden spoon.

Tony Basha’s Lions squad did have something to smile about, even though they missed out on the Premiership and automatic promotion. His side proved far too strong for the Brumbies in the Final with a crushing 4-1 victory thanks to goals from Zac Elrich, Yoel Silvestre and a brace from Amaury Gauthier.

One man dominated both the goalscorers’ charts and Player of the Year

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football while Hawkesbury City SC, Inter Lions, Balmain Tigers, Dulwich Hill and Granville Rage made up the rest of the pack with Western NSW Mariners

Stanmore Hawks custodian James Webb was solid between the sticks as he picked up the Goalkeeper of the Year Award while fellow Hawks coach Tony Panteli was given the gong for Coach of the Year.

market and that was Hills Brumbies’ very own personal trainer by trade, star striker Peter Cejka, who had a phenomenal season taking out these two huge awards.


STATE LEAGUE MEN’S STATE LEAGUE

The State League Men’s competition for 2016 proved to be one epic year as twelve clubs battled for the right to be crowned Premiers and Champions in what was seen as a very open league.

The year belonged to one team, St George FA. Coached by Manny Spanoudakis, the Saints took out all three pieces of silverware for the 2016 season taking out the Premiership, Championship and Club Championship, earning them promotion into the 2017 PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 3 NSW Men’s competition along with the SD Raiders. The club finished two points atop of Hurstville FC while SD Raiders, Bankstown United FC and Camden Tigers rounded up the top five standings. Nepean FC took out sixth position while the likes of the Western Condors, Hurstville City Minotaurs, Prospect United, Wagga City Wanderers and University of NSW all finished up in positions seven to eleven while Gazy Auburn FC took out the unwanted wooden spoon.

The Grand Final played under lights at Valentine Sports Park was one that many will never forget, especially for the St George FA side as they ran out 4-2 victors on penalties after the game ended two-a-piece in regulation time. The Saints’ nerves held strong as well as their keeper Marko Bozic proved to be a key player in their Grand Final victory. In the end of year awards ceremony, the keeper of the year was shared by Camden Tigers’ Matthew Johnson and Hurstville FC’s Michael Rutherford while SD Raiders’ Mitchell McLintock took out the Golden Boot award notching up an amazing 33 goals for the year. Hurstville FC’s Alex Prophet did enough to win over his fellow peers being nominated as the Coach of the Year and Camden Tigers’ young gun Jayden Russell etched his name in the history books in collecting the Player of the Year award for a sterling season in the Men’s State League competition. 2016 Yearbook | 25


PS4 NPL NSW WOMEN’S NSW WOMEN’S

What a season it was for the PlayStation4 National Premier Leagues NSW Women’s elite top tier competition with Heather Garriock’s Sydney University SFC taking out the triple claiming the Premiership, Championship and Club Championship for 2016.

Sydney University SFC were ruthless all year but were met with some stiff opposition in the North West Sydney Womens Koalas side as they took out the Premiership by a solitary point. The final was also a nail biting encounter as University needed extra-time to lift their second trophy for 2016 after a heart wrenching 2-1 win thanks to goals from Emma Stanbury and the eventual winner in the 114th minute by a classy strike from Hannah Bacon that assured the title was going the Students way. With the Koalas finishing runners up, Manly United followed up in third spot while Macarthur Rams and Illawarra Stingrays completed the top five standings. The Marconi Stallions ended its year in sixth spot but finished bottom of the Club Championship standings, relegating them to the PS4 NPL 2 NSW Women’s competition. They were closely followed by the North Shore Mariners, Blacktown Spartans and Emerging Jets while a youthful Football NSW Institute side rounded up the league ladder. In the end of year awards held at Rosehill, the Football NSW Institute had its promising young goalkeeper Jade Mathyssen-Whyman, who has already caught the attention of head Westfield Matildas coach Alen Stajcic, taking out the Goalkeeper of the Year award. North West Sydney Women’s Koalas striker Tara Andrews was in devastating form up-front smashing home 26 goals for the year taking out the coveted Golden Boot award while Emerging Jets manager Ashley Wilson took out the Coach of the Year plaudits. It was a pressure cooker for the Player of the Year category and the award was shared between two players who had an outstanding 2016 season. Manly United’s Remy Siemsen and Tara Andrews, who collected her second award of the evening, were the talk of the evening, taking out the number one prize on the night.

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PS4 NPL 2 NSW WOMEN’S The PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s competition proved to be one of the most exciting years to date as the 2016 season produced a different winner in both the Premiership and Championship category.

The Premiership came down to the wire and it was the Inter Lions who took out the first award clinching it by a solitary point on 39 points with the likes of the Northern Tigers, Sutherland Shire FA and Sydney Olympic FC all finishing up with the same points on 38. Nepean FC rounded up the top five while Southern Branch, Bankstown City FC and Central Coast Mariners FC ended up in bottom spot. The final was an epic encounter at Valentine Sports Park that saw the Tigers exact revenge on Inter with a thrilling 3-2 victory thanks to goals from Eilidh Mackay, Josie Wilson and Hannah McNulty that sent the Championship north. That was to be the Tigers’ second piece of silverware for the year as they also grabbed the Club Championship award that saw the club promoted into the top tier Women’s flight in 2017. There were a number of worthy award winners in what was a stellar 2016 season with Sydney Olympic keeper Amanda Seskin claiming the Goalkeeper of the Year award while Inter Lions’ Sarah Mandile was top of the pops in the scorer’s charts with 13 goals to her name clinching the Golden Boot award. Sutherland Shire Football coach Michael McGovern was again credited for a good year with his side taking out his second successive Coach of the Year title while the major award of the evening went to Inter Lions’ outstanding star Kirilee Cook who proved to be the star of the year taking out the Player of the Year award. 28 | Football NSW

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STATE LEAGUE WOMEN’S STATE LEAGUE

The State League Women’s was one of the very competitions in 2016 that produced three different winners in the Premiership, Championship and Club Championship categories.

In a fiercely contested eight team competition, it was the APIA Leichhardt Tigers who edged out the Western NW Mariners on goal difference as the Premiers by two goals, after both teams ended on 45 points each. SD Raiders held their heads high as even though they finished in third spot, coach and star player Catherine Cannuli stole the headlines as they took out the Championship by defeating the Tigers 4-2 at Valentine Sports Park. University of NSW ended the year in fourth position while the Gladesville Ravens took out fifth spot. The Ravens, although finishing in fifth spot, did claim the coveted Club Championship award and won themselves a spot into the 2017 PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s competition. Following on from the Ravens, St George FC finished sixth while the Mt Druitt Town Rangers ended their campaign in seventh with Parramatta FC claiming the unwanted wooden spoon in eighth position. The end of year awards were evenly shared as APIA Leichhardt Tigers goalkeeper Courtney Halpin took out that category while Gladesville Ravens’ head coach John Cook was awarded the Coach of the Year award. The evening however belonged to Western NSW Mariners’ Kayla Steeden who was rewarded for her outstanding performances taking out the Women’s State League Player of the Year award. 2016 Yearbook | 29


WARATAH Cup

WARATAH CUP A moment of Yutaro Shin magic has guided Sydney United 58 to Waratah Cup Glory.

The Japanese import struck only one minute into the second half to score the only goal in the final between United 58 and Manly United at Lambert Park. It was the second straight Waratah Cup triumph for Mark Rudan’s side after their 2015 victory against Blacktown City.

suspected broken nose. United 58 had control of proceedings and went close to doubling their lead in the 53rd minute when Uskok’s header was blocked by an alert Mitchell. Thomas Manos did his best to keep United 58 in the match when he stopped a dipping shot from GIverin.

In what was a hard fought and at times fiery encounter, the Reds showed why they have been the cream of the crop in the PlayStation4 NPL NSW Men’s competition holding out a dangerous and prolific Manly attack. Two red cards in the final 25 minutes ensured there would be excitement to the final whistle, but it wouldn’t be enough to stop United 58 from defending its Waratah Cup crown.

Manly thought they had equalised in the 67th minute when a scrambling Parkhouse slid in to tap the ball in off a Travis Cooper cross. However, referee Lucas had already blown for a handball from United 58’s Bosnar so the ball was called back. A moment of utter madness cost Bosnar his place on the field in the 72nd minute when he was awarded a second yellow card and sent off for a rash challenge on Richie Cardozo. Rudan sent on defender Theo Kofinas for striker Payne with the Red’s coach happy to sit back and defend the one goal lead. Manly’s extra player advantage didn’t last long with Luke Giverin sent off for a second yellow card in the 74th minute.

A full strength United 58 lined up at the opening whistle with Chris Payne taking his place despite injury concerns during the week. Manly United’s star signing Shane Cansdell-Sheriff was a late scratching to the disappointment of Manly fans. An audacious long range shot in the ninth minute from Peter Triantis tested Manly’s goal keeper Dylan Mitchell, but it wasn’t good enough to open the scoring as the ball sailed over the crossbar. Moments later Dom Ferguson headed wide from a dangerous Luke Giverin free-kick. The pace of Adam Parkhouse on the Eastern touchline created a pair of chances for the boys from the Northern Beaches. A pinpoint cross in the 19th minute from Parkhouse caught United 58 on the back foot but striker Richie Cardozo was unable to provide the clinical final touch. It wasn’t until the 35th minute that Sydney United 58 had their best chance of the half. Eddy Bosnar out jumped his marker to power a bullet header right at gloveman Mitchell. The Manly shot stopper could only parry the shot into the path of Chris Payne but the United 58 striker overcooked his shot and blasted it into the stands. Manly had one last chance before the end of the first half courtesy of Brendan Cholakian. The Manly captain took a touch on the edge of the penalty area but his volley was too much and it went over the bar as referee Stephen Lucas signalled for half time. The Edensor Park team began the second stanza with renewed vigour. Robbie Mileski found space on the eastern sideline and whipped in a dangerous cross to Panni Nikas. The attacking midfielder went to shoot but feigned allowing Yutaro Shin to smash the ball into the back of the net for a 1-0 United 58 lead. Not long after the restart of play Nick Stavroulakis was given a premature exit from the match when he clashed heads with Pandurevic in a challenge for the ball. Former Central Coast Mariners midfielder Glen Trifiro was introduced to the match as Stavroulakis was taken to hospital with a

Wave after wave of Manly attack could not find an equaliser with Manos and the United defence frustrating their opposition. “It is always tough to win back to back titles so I am extremely proud of the players,” Mark Rudan said. “We stuck to our game plan, were extremely disciplined and as a result got our just rewards.” Rudan said he felt his team didn’t do enough in the final third during the opening 45 minutes and he challenged his team at the break to find an extra gear in attack. “We weren’t doing too much wrong in the first half and I just told the boys to tweak some of their movements which helped us score our goal,” he said. “We have done very well in attack this year and I was confident they had what it took to score. The boys showed plenty of resilience late in the game to hold on and I was exceptionally proud of how they hung on for the win.” The former Sydney FC defender is confident his side can continue their success this season. “There is a real spirit about this team which I have never been a part of before at this club,” he said. “It’s an intoxicating feeling to be around the boys at training or on match day.” A sombre Paul Dee rued his side’s missed opportunities after the match but said his side would be stronger for the experience. “There is disappointment obviously but also a level of pride among the squad for what we have achieved this season,” he said. “The first half was not as free flowing as we would like to play. Maybe it was the occasion but I found it took us until the second half to really open up our attack. To concede just after halftime was really disappointing because it was just one moment where we dropped our concentration after showing plenty of intent to start the half.” 2016 Yearbook | 31


WESTFIELD FFA CUP It was a monumental year for NSW as Australia’s biggest Member Federation had six representatives take part in the 2016 Westfield FFA Cup which included Blacktown City, Sydney United 58 FC, Marconi Stallions, Wollongong Wolves, Bonnyrigg White Eagles and Manly United.

The Round of 32 draw was unfortunately not kind for the clubs however as there were two matches that involved Football NSW teams. Bonnyrigg White Eagles, who had an indifferent start to the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competition proved too strong for a soaring Manly United as they defeated Paul Dee’s men 3-0 at the Bonnyrigg Sports Ground. At Lily Homes Stadium it was a battle of the two best teams in NSW’s top tier state based competition the PS4 NPL NSW Men’s competition as Blacktown City FC entertained Sydney United 58 FC.

progression to the last 16. But the hosts grabbed an equaliser with just over three minutes remaining with Kym Harris burying a header from close range after a brilliant cross from Jeremy Walker. Pavlovic missed from the spot in the shootout with Shane Rexhepi netting the decisive penalty as Hume emerged 4-2 winners. While the Wollongong Wolves lost no admirers, they were eliminated from the Westfield FFA Cup in a 3-0 loss to Hyundai A-League heavyweights Sydney FC in front of a healthy crowd at WIN Stadium. A quick-fire secondhalf double from Sky Blues striker Matt Simon and a late goal from David

An unforgettable long-range strike from Danny Choi saw Blacktown City come from two goals down to triumph 6-2 over Sydney United 58 in extratime. In the first half of extra-time Choi scored from well inside his defensive half, blasting the ball over Sydney United 58 FC goalkeeper Tom Manos and into the net to put Blacktown in front for the first time in the match.

Carney paved the way for the visitors to book their spot in the round of 16.

Patrick Antelmi then struck twice in the second period of extra-time, completing his hat-trick. Another goal to Mitch Mallia wrapped up the hosts’ maiden win on the national stage of the FFA Cup at Lily’s Football Centre.

one of the top sharpshooters of the Cup competition bagged a brace while

It was Sydney United 58 FC who started better, with Chris Payne scoring a brilliant goal from a tight angle before captain Robert Mileski doubled their lead in the 13th minute. But Joey Gibbs’ 35th-minute strike sparked Blacktown’s comeback, while Choi - who finished the match with a goal and two assists - teed up Antelmi’s equaliser with 16 minutes left in regular time in one of the FFA Cup’s greatest games. 2015 Semi-Finalists Hume City scraped past PS4 NSW NPL2 outfit Marconi Stallions on penalties at ABD Stadium. The Sydney outfit rode their luck throughout the 90 minutes before a stunning solo strike from striker Mirjan Pavlovic in the early stages of extra-time looked to have sealed their

Round of 16 draw saw yet another all epic NSW battle as Blacktown City proved too strong for the Bonnyrigg White Eagles bouncing them out of the Westfield FFA Cup in what were treacherous conditions at Lily Homes Stadium. Patrick Antelmi, the man that smashed all kinds of records as Joey Gibbs scored the other that gifted Mark Crittenden’s side a spot in the quarter-finals, a first for any Football NSW club, where they took on Graham Arnold’s Sydney FC. Onto the quarter-finals which saw Sydney FC’s Bobo create two assists before scoring his first goal for the club as the Sky Blues smashed Blacktown City 3-0 earning them a semi-final spot. Before the Brazilian’s strike, he turned provider for Filip Holosko to open the scoring in the 13th minute. Bobo’s pinpoint cross found Holosko at the back-post before he volleyed home from a couple of metres. In the 25th minute, Bobo headed the ball to David Carney at the edge of the area for the winger to perfectly volley the ball into the back of the net. With 13 minutes to play, Sydney’s marquee striker made the score 3-0 after he tapped in Michael Zullo’s cross. 2016 Yearbook | 33


FOOTBALL4ALL football4all shines bright like a diamond. What a year 2016 was for our football4all programs and their players. This year 26 approved program providers delivered regular footballing opportunities for players with a disability, up from 23 in 2015.

The approved football4all club programs offered a unique opportunity for players and their families to enjoy football in an inclusive fun, safe football environment.

NOVA Employment football4all Gala Day Over 350 participants (the highest of any previous event) from various special needs organisations across NSW engaged in the eighth annual NOVA Employment football4all Gala Day on Sunday 3rd of June at Valentine Sports Park. It was a carnival like atmosphere in what was an incredible day in Sydney with the likes of Pararoos stars Ben Atkins, Connor Marsh and coach Kai Lammert, MP Kevin Connolly Member for Riverstone and player appearances from Hyundai A-League clubs Western Sydney Wanderers (Brendan Santalab, Jarryd Tyson and Jackson Bandiera) and Central Coast Mariners (Paul Izzo, Brad McDonald and Tom Heward-Belle) posing for photos and handing out awards and medals. Popular jumping castles as well as balloon artists did their part in keeping all of the participants happy while there were guest appearances by the PCYC Activity Truck. Quakers Hill Local Area Command Police Force and Quakers Hill NSW Fire and Rescue were also present on the day as competitors from various age groups took part in multiple small sided games. The continual growth of the NOVA Employment football4all Gala Day promoted Football NSW’s commitment to disability inclusion and special needs football. Clubs that took part in this magnificent event included Kings Langley – Open Goals Special Needs Program, Macarthur Magic Special Needs Football Club, Marrickville FC All Abilities, Nepean Soccer Dragons, St Ives Football Club, Wagga Wagga football4all, St George Warriors, North West Women’s – PINK football4all, SNAPP A ROOS, Kellyville Soccer Club ‘Super Soccer’, CPA Tiger Cubs, Sutherland Titans FC, Mt Druitt Town Rangers AWD Futsal, Rouse Hill Rams football4all, West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook FC – Dural and Raiders FC Futsal Club.

Powerchair Football also made its appearance for the fourth successive year. It was well received by the participants as it’s renowned as being one of the fastest growing sports for powered wheelchair users around the globe. With over 30 participants from clubs such as the Central Coast Mariners, Newcastle Jets, Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC taking part in the event, their talents were also noticed by the hundreds of interested spectators who were present observing local talent in what was an amazing spectacle. There was also a special development league that took shape on the day which included players from as young as five years old taking part in what was a memorable day for everyone involved. Football NSW’s Head of Women’s and Schools Football Hayley Todd was impressed with how the day unfolded. “This year’s event was the biggest to date with the inclusion of new football4all Clubs, the NSW Powerchair Development League and a football4all Futsal event that included teams from Southwest Football Foundation Trust – Sunshine Football teams from New Zealand. “It’s phenomenal to see the NOVA Employment football4all Gala Day continue to grow year on year. “Each year we strive to make the football4all Gala Day experience better than the last and this year was no different. We had over 350 participants take part in the gala day on Sunday and for the first time the support network included a guide dog. I would like to thank the football4all Club coordinators for their endless passion and drive in providing football opportunities for these players.” Football NSW was greatly assisted by our major partner NOVA Employment for the Gala Day celebrations. Football NSW wishes to thank all the clubs, associations and staff who were involved in making the football4all programs and gala 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 Gala Day. 2016 Yearbook | 35


NATIONS OF ORIGIN Nations of Origin is a multifaceted sport, cultural, education and leadership program which culminates during NAIDOC week annually.

Nations of Origin is hosted by PCYC in partnership with Football NSW and Northern NSW Football. In 2016 the Nations of Origin tournament consisted of Football – 5 a side, Rugby league 7s and netball. The program has 4 main components: reconciliation, education, cultural identity and sport. It is aimed at increasing school retention with all participants required to have an 80 per cent school attendance to be eligible to participate. All participating sporting teams must consist of Aboriginal and nonAboriginal young people with a ratio of 70:30 in the formation of the teams. The 2016 Nations of Origin football fives tournament took place at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility at Speers Point in early July, with 25 teams representing the traditional indigenous nations for NAIDOC week. The Under 14’s tournament belonged to Awabakal a traditional area of Newcastle, as they took out both the boys and girls finals. The Nations of Origin tournament is an important part of the football calendar designed to promote reconciliation within communities by engaging Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and people of nonAboriginal decent. The tournament was initiated after consultation with Aboriginal communities and young people across NSW to find ways in which to commence reconciliation between young people and provide an avenue for the young Indigenous community to commence discussion within their families and communities about their cultural identities. The tournament held as a part of national NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 36 | Football NSW


NATIONAL INDIGENOUS FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS Inaugural National Indigenous Football Championships in Nowra hailed a huge success with nine New South Wales teams competing for the title.

The Inaugural National Indigenous Football Championships were successfully held in the Nations of Tharawal and Yuin at the South Nowra Sporting Complex in November. Both the women’s and men’s finals were full of talent with the Illawarra Bungarra’s defeating Northern Nations 4-0 in the Open Women’s Division and the South East QLD Dingoes defeating Eora United 2-1 in the Open Men’s Division. The tournament was held over two days in Football NSW Southern Branch with twelve Women’s and Men’s teams across the country competing in the hot weather as high quality football was displayed throughout the whole tournament. NSW was well represented in the tournament having numerous women’s and men’s teams from around the state with talented indigenous players showcasing their skills. Jamie Warren the President of the Johnny Warren Football Foundation praised the tournaments success alongside the Celebrity Match which drew a large crowd form local communities. Warren said “We are very honoured and proud to work with the Wreck Bay Sharks FC, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander football communities and thank Bernie McLeod and his team for the opportunity to be involved in a momentous tournament”

The tournament organiser alongside Football NSW also hosted a MiniRoos Skills session with over 140 year 3 to 6 students from local schools taking part in the scorching heat. With help from local Shoalhaven District Football Association coaches, Football New South Wales Development officers, The Australian Navy and Goodsports Australia, students enjoyed a full day of football festivities. Bernie McLeod (Tournament Director), Lawrence Gilbert (Event Manager) and Jamie Warren (Celebrity Match and Event Advisor) deserve special recognition for staging a very professional event and competition and have set a very high standard for future National Indigenous Football Championships. Football NSW would like to congratulate all the New South Wales players who were involved in the tournament and those selected for the Australian Indigenous Men’s and Women’s teams as a result of the tournaments success.

The celebrity match finished with Team Mundine defeating Team Fozz 4-3 in what was an exciting and entertaining match featuring Aboriginal sporting role models and other Football legends. Anthony Mundine, Craig Foster, Brian Brown, Jim Fraser, Patrick Zwaanswijk, Mile Sterjovski, Julie Dolan, Nathan Blacklock and Luke Carroll were some of the football and indigenous legends involved in the celebrity match. The Inaugural National Indigenous Football Championships hosted (5) tiers: • 16 x open age women’s teams competing for the National title • 16 x open age men’s teams competing for the National title • Johnny Warren Celebrity Game including: Aboriginal sporting role models, former Matilda and Socceroos players • AIA Vitality Miniroos kids training and coaching clinic • The White Knights Disability football clinic. 2016 Yearbook | 37


NATIONAL PARALYMPIC 7-A-SIDE Valentine Sports Park hosted the thrilling National Paralympic 7-a-side Football Championships in late October for the first time.

The National 7-a-side Paralympic Football Championships began in 2004 and are the player pathway to represent Australia in the Pararoos. The FFA competition previously held in Coffs Harbour was moved down to the home of football, Valentine Sports Park for the first time this year and it proved to be an ecstatic affair. In front of a full house in the Valentine Sports Park stands the host team NSW were far too strong for their opponents and clinched their 12th National Title with a 3-0 win over Western Australia. It was an end to end match much like their earlier group stage match-up that ended in a 2-2 draw. Golden Boot and Man of the Match star Jack Williams scored a fantastic goal past Western Australian goalkeeper Chris Barty that sent the home fans into raptures. Just after half time Williams bagged his brace while Ben Atkins finished off the match with the third that capped off a memorable few days for the victorious NSW squad.

The tournament’s success at Valentine Sports Park was well received by many players, coaches, volunteers and spectators around the grounds. Queensland Coach Jay Larkins echoed the voices of many involved in the tournament. 38 | Football NSW

“This is by far the best National Championships tournament I have ever been involved in. A massive thank you to Football NSW and FFA for putting on such a wonderful tournament. I cannot wait to come back to these firstclass facilities next year” The tournament saw NSW win their 8th national title in a row. Victorious NSW Captain and Pararoos Vice skipper Chris Pyne was overwhelmed with excitement after the New South Wales team took out the silverware. “These are the best bunch of lads I have ever had the privilege of playing with, for eight years we have won this trophy now and it comes down to the commitment, hard-work and friendship between a great group of players. A huge thanks to Football NSW and FFA for putting on brilliant tournament, this is how it should be every year.” There were a number of notable spectators in the crowd with the likes of FFA Head of National Performance Luke Casserly, Blacktown City Council Counsellor Julie Griffiths, Head Pararoos Coach Kai Lammert and Pararoos Ambassador Claire Falls who all presented trophies on the day. During the tournament Football NSW also hosted the first ‘Finding the Next Pararoo’ come and try day for girls and boys aged 8-14 years old with a disability. Over 20 kids participated in the exciting day run by Pararoos Coaching staff Kai Lammert and Mike Harness as well as many Pararoos players. The National 7-a-side Paralympic Football Championships is the national competition for anyone with Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain Injury or Stroke related symptoms, that bridges the pathway from grassroots football to play the Pararoos. Football NSW and Cerebral Palsy Sporting and Recreation Association (CPSARA) provide young footballers with the opportunity to play for a NSW state team. The event itself was also a media success as the likes of Channel 7 and Fox Sports News were on hand to further promote what was an amazing tournament at the ‘Home of Football’, namely Football NSW.


POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL One of the fastest growing sports for wheelchair users since first conceived in France in the 1970’s, this exciting game quickly gained traction in Europe, North America, Asia and eventually in Australia in 2010.

Powerchair Football is much more than just a game. It brings disabled people and their families into a world they didn’t know existed. It creates friendships, competitive rivalries, memories and success stories – it changes people’s lives. Today Powerchair Football has its own NSW Premier League aligned with A-league clubs and an ever growing National Powerchair Football Championships. The 2016 National Championships was officially opened by the Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency Governor the Honourable David Hurley, accompanied by global ambassador of Powerchair Football and

THE 2016 NSW POWERCHAIR TEAM Ben Keyte Jacob Cross Abdullah Karim Chris Suffield Chris Turnbull Andrew Kim Jordan Crane Dimitri Lolio-Davis

Western Sydney Wanderers Western Sydney Wanderers Western Sydney Wanderers* Central Coast Mariners* Central Coast Mariners* Sydney FC Sydney FC* Newcastle Jets*

Selected into the Australian Poweroos for the 2017 FIPFA World Cup

*

former Socceroos coach Rale Rasic. Governor Hurley was honoured to be back opening the championships for a second year running. “I am excited to be back again this year for another tournament at Kevin Betts Stadium in Mt Druitt. This is very spirited competition, you all play with a great spirit and the right spirit, it is a real privilege to be here today.” “This is a particularly important national championship this year as a national team will be selected to participate in a world cup in Florida next year. It’s a great thing to represent your state, however, an even greater honour to represent your country and wear green and gold.” Former Socceroos Coach and Global Ambassador of the sport Rale Rasic was pleased to be in attendance at the games. “Football has proven time and time again to be an inclusive sport. Young or old, male or female, on your feet or on your wheels, football allows

The final was an electric affair as New South Wales narrowly lost to their arch-rivals Queensland in a blockbuster. New South Wales started out strongly, attacking from the onset with the game much more even than the two previous match-ups in the group stage. However, Queensland proved too good, keeping ahead throughout most of the game with an ultimate 3-2 win. Christopher Suffield, a New South Wales player selected for the Australian Poweroos, praised his fellow teammates. “It was a disappointing result for us but we were beaten by the better team on the day. I’m proud of how we continued to fight until the final whistle but the Queensland team were extremely good this year and put us to the test throughout the tournament.”

anyone to take part. What you athletes show on the court proves that

“Thanks again to Football NSW’s support of the team and the competition.”

there is no such thing as disability, only ability”.

The 2016 championship was contested by five states:

The cream of the crop in Powerchair Football across Australia competed

• New South Wales

• Queensland

in twenty-four matches over five days in October at Kevin Betts Stadium

• South Australia

• Victoria

resulting in a repeat final between New South Wales and Queensland.

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THIS SUMMER TURN MATES INTO TEAMMATES


SUMMER FOOTBALL

summer football

champion of champions

2016 was yet another successful season for Summer Football as the ever growing sport continued to kick goals well after the winter grassroots football season concluded in September.

Keep fit, stay in touch with your teammates, keep playing the world game all year round this summer.

• Providing an opportunity for older athletes to participant in a modified

No longer is Football considered just a winter sport.

• Providing an opportunity for senior athletes of other sports that have

Seemingly across the state more and more people are taking up the Summer format in what’s usually considered the “offseason” – this was the motto Football NSW pushed once more for the 2016 Summer Football season.

The Structure The 2015/16 Summer Football framework provided by Football NSW supported the Football Associations and clubs delivering competitions with; • marketing and competition management resources, • best practice delivery guidelines, • equipment and • a disciplinary structure This framework was designed to ease the administrative workload on competition hosts and improve the experience for players and referees.

form of the sport a higher physical demand (i.e. physical contact) an opportunity to participate in a healthy activity that better suits their aged status

New Players (Junior)

New Players (Senior)

13% 18%

Existing Players (Junior)

43%

Existing Players (Senior)

26%

The 2015/16 Summer Football season saw growth in player numbers and improvement in program delivery by the Football Associations and clubs hosting competitions. Player numbers increased by 33% compared to the 2014/15 season with 31,904 participants up from 23,983.

The Exposure and Growth

Why Summer Football

Football providers facilitated competitions nearing 2,000 participants such

‘Play with friends’ has become the top reason for participating in summer football. In the 2015/16 season, Football NSW marketing slogan was “turn mates into team mates” which has seen to be effective shown by the results of this question - What is your main motivation for playing Summer Football? • Play with friends • Fitness • Love of the game • Develop skills

New Football Opportunity

• Providing an opportunity for senior players in other winter sports an opportunity to play our game

of 80 host locations for the 2016/17 season. Again prominent Summer as Manly Warringah FA at Cromer Park, SDSFA at the Ash Road Complex and APIA Leichhardt Tigers at Lambert Park. It wasn’t just Sydney-metro areas that contributed to the booming numbers of Summer Football with 21 Regional centres across the respective Western, Southern and Riverina branches. “It’s great to see the growth of football continuing in what has traditionally been the ‘off-season’, pushing the notion that the beautiful game can be Manager at Football NSW. “It’s a fantastic way to keep fit and healthy during the summer months as well as being able to meet new friends in a happy, safe and affordable environment.” It’s seemingly a popular trend across the state with as many as 20 new Summer Football centres coming on board in Season 2016/17. The new venues range from the likes of Association conducted programs such as St George, Macarthur, ESFA and BDAFA to NPL giants Bonnyrigg White Eagles and Regional centres including the new Bathurst competition conducted from Proctor Park.

2015/16

In correlation with increased participation numbers and locations; increased access to facilities namely high quality artificial synthetic turf

2014/15

venues are becoming more prevalent. In addition to such premium

2013/14 46 centres 18,000 players

surge of new host centres, increasing from 55 in 2014/15 to in excess

played and enjoyed all year round” said Matt Rippon, Member Services

Analysis of the player registrations showed that 31% of the participants in the 2015/16 Summer Football season had not registered to play in the 2015 winter football season. Summer Football provides Football NSW, the Football Associations and clubs an opportunity to engage a broader cross section of people, with possible benefits including; • Providing an introductory program to young players that participate in other winter sports (i.e. not football)

Summer Football Participation

Seemingly a major factor in the increase of participant numbers is the

artificial turf facilities as Northbridge Oval, Blacktown Football Park

50 centres 24,000 players

67 centres 32,000 players

and Sydney United Sports Centre, the 2016/17 season welcomes such additions as the new Moore Park synthetic, Lynwood Park, and Waverley Oval. 2016 Yearbook | 41


FUTSAL COMPETITIONS It was another memorable year of Futsal in NSW for season 2016. Valentine Sports Park once again hosted the national Men’s and Women’s PUMA F-League as well as the Futsal Premier, Premier 2 and State League Grand Finals.

Men’s PUMA F-League The National Men’s PUMA F-League competition for 2016 was one of the best this competition has seen since the league’s inception and like 2015, saw the same two teams dominate. The Vic Vipers Futsal club took out the Premiership however were unable to complete the double as the East Coast Heat, for the second successive season, proved too strong and secured the coveted Championship. In what was a nail-biting Grand Final, East Coast Heat came from two goals down twice to beat Inner West Magic 10-6 in a spirited 2016 Men’s PUMA F-League grand final at Valentine Sports Park. The hero for the Heat was star attacker Shervin Adeli who bagged a hat-trick as he saw his team lift the trophy much to the delight of the hundreds that witnessed this epic clash.

Women’s PUMA F-League Whatever the men dished up, the women’s PUMA F-League was just as intense as the South Brisbane Futsal Club meant business after notching the Premiership for the 2016 season. In what was a solid display of Futsal from the talented team from Queensland, the girls could not repeat that winning formula that clinched the Premiership as Galaxy FC knocked them off their perch with a stunning 4-3 victory against South Brisbane Futsal Club in the 2016 Grand Final. Galaxy FC head coach Vinicius de Oliveira was a relieved man as he saw his side claim the famous silverware in what was a stunning match of Futsal action that bamboozled the many that witnessed the Grand Final at Valentine Sports Park.

Futsal Premier League The year belonged to the Mascot Vipers as the club took out the 2016 Club Championship after a solid display across a number of the various age groups. Clinching the Championship titles in the 16 Boys, 14, Boys

and 12 Boys, the club overall proved too strong for the Inner West Magic that finished in second position on the Club Championship ladder while Mountain Majik finished third. The senior categories however belonged to the Dural Warriors as they took out both the Open Men and Women Championships in style.

Futsal Premier League 2 Boomerangs FS will never forget 2016 as they proved too strong prevailing in what was a rather competitive season in the Futsal Premier League 2 race for the Club Championship. Clinching the Open Women, Youth Men and 13 Girls Championships, Boomerangs FS fought off challenges for the Club Championship as Raiders Futsal Club finished second followed closely by the Sydney City Eagles in third spot.

Futsal State League The Futsal State League provided a lot of intrigue as Sydney Futsal Club were crowned Club Champions for 2016 after sterling displays across a number of age groups. The club reigned supreme in the Open Women, Youth Men, 15 Girls and 12 Boys categories as they proved a little strong over their nearest rivals West City Crusaders Futsal Club and the International Football School Futsal sides who finished second and third respectively.

AWD Futsal League & League 2 The AWD Futsal League and League 2 were once again played at an amazing level as the standard continued to impress the many that witnessed both these competitions in action over the summer. The Mountain Majik Futsal Club proved yet again its superiority in the AWD Futsal League as it clinched the Championship for the second successive year while the Phoenix Futsal Club basked in glory after taking out the AWD Futsal League 2 Championship.

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2016 FFA NATIONAL FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS CHAMPIONS

RUNNERS UP

U12 Boys

Solomon Islands

NSW Metro Thunder

U12 Girls

Queensland Metro

NSW Metro Thunder

U13 Boys

Victoria Magic

Queensland Metro

U14 Boys

NSW Metro Thunder

Queensland Metro

U14 Girls

NSW Metro Thunder

NSW Metro Lightning

U15 Boys

FFSA

NSW Metro Lightning

U16 Boys

NSW Metro Thunder

Queensland Metro

U16 Girls

NSW Metro Thunder

FFSA

U19 Men

NSW Metro Thunder

ACT Boomerangs Blue

U19 Women

NSW Metro Lightning

NSW Metro Thunder

Open AWD Mixed

Queensland Metro

NSW Metro Thunder


NATIONAL FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIPS As ever the 2016 FFA National Futsal Championships provided a fitting start to the New Year as teams from around Australia gathered in Sydney to lock horns for the right to be crowned National Champions.

The always strong NSW Metro Thunder came away with seven titles from

Victoria Magic proved just that in the U13 Boys Grand Final as goals from

the eleven finals played on Grand Final day at Sydney Olympic Park Sports

Nicholas Kyranakis, Giovanni Stellitano (2), Nicholas Theodosiou and

Centre whilst there was silverware for Queensland Metro, FFSA, Victoria

Dennis Menelaou saw them overturn a 1-2 deficit to win the trophy with a

Magic, NSW Metro Lightning and international guests the Solomon Islands.

5-2 win over Queensland Metro.

NSW Metro Thunder emerged victorious in the showpiece U19 Men’s

At U14 level there was a thrilling Boys final as NSW Thunder Metro and

competition as two second half goals from Matthew Mazevski helped

Queensland Metro went to penalties after a 4-4 draw. Josh Dearn put the

the hosts to a 3-1 win over ACT Boomerangs Blue. Mazevski added to a

Maroons in front only for Daniel Goni to equalise for the Sydneysiders.

goal from Kaan Kilinc to help Thunder to victory with his second strike

However, further goals from Byron McLeod, Thomas Whittaker and Leum

coming shortly after Nicholas Rathjen had given the Boomerangs a

Walpole had Queensland in pole position at 4-1 before Thunder staged a

potential lifeline. There was to be no double at the senior level in the U19 Women’s for Thunder as NSW Metro Lightning upset the apple-cart with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory after an absorbing match had ended all-square at 1-1. Natalie Penman had given the Thunder the lead in the first half, striking six minutes before the interval, but an equaliser after the break from Cassidy Chidgey ensured extra-time. The extra period brought no further goals and the match was decided by the lottery of penalties which left Lightning celebrating with the trophy at the conclusion. Earlier in the day the Solomon Islands had kicked off proceedings with an emphatic display, seeing off NSW Metro Thunder 3-1 in an exciting match in the U12 Boys Final. Richard Sale scored twice for the Pacific Islands visitors with Raynolds Boboria adding the third.

remarkable comeback. Ashton Ahluwalian and Goni gave them hope before a late equaliser from Lucas Rainbird sent an amazing match into extra-time. There were no further goals and it came down to penalties with Queensland scorer McLeod missing his spot-kick before goalkeeper Bailey Togiavalu slammed home the winning penalty. The U14 Girls final was no less exciting as NSW Thunder Metro defeated NSW Metro Lightning 3-1. Emily Barstow, Natalie Roubickova and Madeliene Kowalenko were the Thunder scoring heroines. In the U15 Boys Final FFSA were victorious by the odd-goal in seven as they downed NSW Metro Lightning. Matheus Borge, Jozef Kogoj, Lachlan Gow and Louis Nye settled the match in favour of the South Australians. Meanwhile, a four-goal haul from Hayden Macerola was the highlight in the U16 Boys final as NSW Thunder Metro proved too strong for a resilient

A late goal from Peter Grozos was mere consolation for Thunder but both

Queensland Metro, winning the tie 6-2. Michael Borg was instrumental for

teams showed huge promise for the future.

the victors, teeing up Macerola for two goals and scoring one himself in

Jamilla Rankin netted twice for Queensland Metro as they claimed the U12 Girls crown with a 4-2 win over NSW Metro Thunder. Queensland roared

an excellent individual performance that, combined with his team mates’ excellence, proved too much for their opponents.

out of the blocks and led 3-0 at the interval after goals from Tivi Williams,

Finally, a single goal proved the difference in the U16 Girls showdown

Rankin and Mica Robinson. Thunder gave themselves brief hope when

as Georgia Koutzoumis netted midway through the second half as NSW

Darcy Malone scored but Rankin’s second of the match meant that a late

Thunder Metro edged past worthy opposition in the form of FFSA to claim

goal from Gemma Morgan was in vain.

the trophy. 2016 Yearbook | 45


FOOTBALL NSW STATE TEAMS State Teams Programs incorporating Metropolitan and Country players were again a high priority for the NSW Technical Department.

Girls and Boys National Youth Championships Ten teams were sent to represent NSW Country and Metropolitan in the 2016 FFA National Youth Championships for Girls and Boy. Football NSW was represented in the U13s and U14s in Boys and the U13s and U15s in Girls in competitions against other states and territories – there was an increase in two Boys Metropolitan teams. As with previous Nationals, Football NSW 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. There were three individual awards that took centre stage during the course of the tournament with Tori Tumeth taking out the U15s Metropolitan Girls Player of the Championships, Christian Volpato awarded the U13s Metropolitan Boys Player of the Championships and Declan Price crowned U13 Metropolitan Boys Goalkeeper of the Championships.

Girls and Boys NTC Challenge Again Football NSW Teams in NTC for Boys (two age groups) and U17 Girls performed well and were duly recognised. Football NSW 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 move into Westfield W-League playing and Westfield Matildas training environments.

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FOOTBALL NSW INSTITUTE The Football NSW Institute Program, in its sixth year, again lifted a number of identified players into representative programs of the Talented Player Pathway.

FNSW INSTITUTE U13 WITH OPPOSITION SOLAR CHELSEA RED

Dallas International Girls Cup

Girls Institute

A combined group of players from the Football NSW Institute program travelled to Dallas, Texas to compete in the Dallas International Girls Cup held March 23 – 27 2016.

2016 saw another strong year for the Football NSW Institute Girls as we saw most squads being very competitive in all competitions and producing quality football.

The 2016 tournament was the biggest edition yet with more than 100 of the best girls’ teams from around the world including teams from Mexico, Sweden, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, United States and of course Australia.

Players of note who have progressed to a higher level by signing contracts with W-League clubs, as well as representing the national teams across various age groups, include:

England’s Arsenal FC Ladies, one of the top pro clubs in the world, participated at this tournament and the U15 girls were fortunate enough to play them in a quarter-final. The experience our players received from this match alone was outstanding and presented our players with the opportunity to test themselves against one of the best girls’ development programs in the world. The girls displayed talented football over the course of the tournament by which other coaches, including Arsenal FC Ladies Manager, commented on the impressive style of play and technical ability of our players. Competing against some of the most competitive girls’ teams from all around the world, in the presence of world class referees and college coaches, the experience that players and coaches gained from this event was significant.

• Ellie Carpenter • Princess Ibini-Isei • Eliza Ammendolia • Jada Mathyssen-Whyman • Angelique Hristodoulou • Alyssa Rose • Amy Sayer • Gracie Johns • Julia Vignes • Courtney Nevin • Rachel Lowe • Tori Tumeth • Jess Meads

Debut for Matildas and WSW Sydney FC and Young Matildas WSW and Young Matildas WSW and Young Matildas WSW and U17’s national team WSW and U17’s national team U17’s national team and Young Matildas U17’s national team U17’s national team U17’s national team U17’s national team and Young Matildas U17’s national team U17’s national team

The Football NSW Institute program will be sending teams again in 2017.

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COMMUNITY COACH EDUCATION Coach Education continues to be one of the highest priorities for Football NSW.

Research of our members has revealed that the quality of a coach ranked among the most important contributors to a player’s experience, with poor coaching listed as one the main reasons people may leave the sport. We believe that good coaches breed life-long footballers that benefit from the social and health consequences of team sport.

and designed to provide a step by step approach to assist coaches deliver sound and enjoyable learning environments for the players.

Workshops Complementing the more recognized courses offered to coaches

Football NSW continued to deliver Community Coach Education courses in collaboration with all our member Football Associations (FA) and Branches, Futsal Centers, NSW Department of Education and Communities as well as five Tertiary Institutions. The programs engaged Community Coaches and teachers in the formal Football and Futsal courses developed by FFA, which are supplemented by a series of workshops designed to support coaches as they provide the face to face contact with their players. These workshops are an intricate part of the support provided by Member FA’s to assist with content that is requested to be delivered.

across the State, Football NSW along with the Football Associations

Each year a Community Coach Education survey is distributed to candidates from all our courses to provide us a better perspective of 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. It is encouraging to know that again respondents reported a 97% satisfaction level. This means that all presenters throughout NSW maintained the high standards sets by results the preceding year.

Our relationship with the NSW Department of Education and

Coaching Courses Football NSW, supported by the Football Associations, delivered Community Coach Education courses attended by almost 5,000 participants during 2016. We continue to see that the introductory level Grass Roots Certificate and Skill Training Certificates are by far the most attended with the majority of participants of approx. 3,000 and 500 coaches respectively.

Coaching Resources After a successful trial in 2015 of providing training sessions via email each week, 2016 saw FNSW send almost 500,000 emails over a 24 week period to approximately 11,000 coaches leading teams from U6 to senior level. These sessions plans are aligned to the FFA National Curriculum 48 | Football NSW

delivered approx. 50 workshops on all phases of player development. These workshops are designed to be interactive with attendees either participating physically in the sessions or by being engaged with Q and A. The practical demonstrations often using teams of players from the local Association are designed to further a coach’s education and support their ongoing development, keeping their skills and approach to training and games current and relevant to their teams.

Schools and Universities Communities continues to grow, which has allowed us through the Teacher Professional Learning program (TPL) to participate in the formal education process of teachers in NSW who are required to accrue 100 hours of professional development in order to retain their teacher accreditation. In 2016 we delivered coach education to over 150 teachers via the Teacher Professional Learning program. At Universities we have been able to broaden the reach of our education programs by offering formal Coach Education courses at the University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, Australian Catholic University, Western Sydney University and the University of Technology . We have taken this approach as a proactive step to positively influence the understanding of undergraduate education students so that when they are placed in schools they will be better equipped to provide a quality football experience. The Premier’s Sporting Challenge (PSC) continued to provide 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 approx.750 secondary students who are then required to apply those skills at a local primary school.


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.

AFC / FFA C Licences and B Licences Advanced Coach Education Courses continue to expand and improve the standard of Coaches in Football NSW. 2016 followed the significant expansion of C Licences in 2015 with even more C Licences and an expansion of B Licence courses for those coaches completing their C Licences. More than 600 coaches have attended C Licences over the last two years in regional hubs all across the state as well as at Football NSW Headquarters at Valentine Sports Park. We continue to work with Clubs,

associations and presenters to create more opportunities for Coaches to have C Licence opportunities in their regions. All courses were well attended and subsequent courses being put online are being filled very quickly. We continue to work closely with FFA to expand our ability to cater for more B Licences and, in the near future, to run AFC A Licences from Football NSW. As always we look to support the strategic spearhead of the National Curriculum in Coach Education and improve coaching standards for all of our Advanced coaches in 2017.

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REFEREE DEVELOPMENT Football NSW’s annual goal is to provide continued improvement in the level of referee education, administration and training in both grassroots and elite competitions.

Football NSW aims to improve the quality of referees officiating at all levels of the game, providing not only a service to the football community, but a clearer pathway for our young aspiring referees to national and international opportunities. To achieve this, we have sought out and introduced best practice

Match Official

2015

2016

Increase

Referee

5,172

5,257

1.6%

Assessor

263

366

39%

Instructor

96

115

20%

administrative methods, including benchmarking our Assessment and Educational resources against FIFA, AFC and FFA processes, resulting in a more professional environment and opportunity for the State’s match officials.

Talented Referee Pathway In 2016 Football NSW added a Referee Academy as part of the pathway

Recruitment and Retention

from Grassroots to Elite football. The Academy consisted of 10 male

2016 saw Football NSW continue to pursue the Statewide Referee

and February which consisted of Laws of the Game knowledge, fitness,

Registration Campaign. The campaign used previous recruitment strategies, such as, print media and direct email but added an online portal for Referee Branches to access marketing material and direct communication via Referees mobile phones alerting them of the registration period. We also asked each player who registered on Myfootballclub if they would like more information about becoming a referee. This question generated over

and 10 female referees who were selected from trials during January commitment and ability. The 20 selected referees met on a monthly basis at Valentine Sports Park where Football NSW provided intense training sessions devoted to Laws of the Game (LOTG), fitness, public speaking and discipline. The Academy proved to be a success where Football NSW was heavily represented at all FFA junior tournaments and winning the Boys and Girls National Championships in Coffs Harbour. One referee, Kurt Ams, joined our existing National Match Officials

5000 enquires with a return rate of 2%.

servicing the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League competitions.

Our total referee registrations in 2016 grew by 1.65% to 5,257 Referees

Regional Referee Program

(individual branch registered, outdoor), 366 Assessors and 115 Instructors servicing local and state based competitions.

Schools Engagement During 2016, we continued our successful school’s program involving over 200 students from 10 schools. From this, 20 students officiated at the PSSA State Championships, 25 officiated on Football NSW Men’s and Women’s PS4 NPL youth matches, 6 were selected by Football NSW to officiate at the Football NSW State Titles, 6 officiated during the

In consultation with Regional Referee Branches, Football NSW decided to create a new Regional Referee pathway in 2016. In the first phase Football NSW covered the cost of coaches to attend the Branch Championships in each region. The best performing referees were then selected to officiate at the Country Cup, the second phase Football NSW covered the cost of travel and accommodation for the referees plus covered the cost of coaches to attend the Country Cup. The best performing referees where then selected to officiate at the State Titles.

PS4 NPL finals series and one finished first at the Girl’s FFA National

Football NSW also continued the Country exchange program where

Championships in Coffs Harbour. The program provides an intensive

Football NSW invited a limited number of referees to officiate in Sydney

training and education opportunity for young referees in a non-

on the Football NSW PlayStation 4 National Premier League Youth

competitive environment.

League Competitions.

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SCHOOLS In 2016 Football NSW delivered player, coach and referee programs to 38,000 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.

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.

Football NSW continued its partnerships with the peak school governing bodies including PSSA, CHS, CCC & CIS.

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.

School Partnerships

School Referees Program

Like 2015, 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.

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 2016 program.

As such, Football NSW once again built on that strong connection with schools consolidating a number of key tournaments that took shape at the Home of Football.

Competitions

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.

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 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.

We also assisted with appointing referees to tournaments such as the Bill Turner Cup.

Player Development

Coach Education Football NSW delivered coach education in schools via the Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) and the Premier Sports Challenge (PSC) programs as per 2015. The TPL program engaged the formal education process of teachers in NSW who are required to accrue 100 hours of professional

Football NSW conducted 170 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. 2016 Yearbook | 51


FOOTBALL NSW IS PROUD TO REPRESENT 32 GRASSROOTS ASSOCIATIONS

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BANKSTOWN DAFA 2016 was a huge year for the Bankstown District Amateur Football Association – registration growth, coach education, the reintroduction of its Summer Football program and the extension of its representative football and development.

BDAFA registration and participation numbers continued to grow over the 2016 season with over 7000 participates with thanks to an increase in programs which saw the Association operate football in the district for 12 months of the year. Football continues to be the number one sport in the Bankstown Local Government area. On the representative front, this year saw Bankstown United FC increase its footprint in the Football NSW competitions by being included in the Men’s State League competition. Our First Grade team did remarkably well in its inaugural year by finishing fifth and qualifying for the finals series. Special recognition should go to our PlayStation 4 National Premier League Youth U15s team who won their competition (no final series), being crowned Premiers. With fourteen out of the sixteen players being Bankstown born and bred it’s a great indication of the future of this young Club. On the Member Club representative side, BDAFA was well represented in both the Football NSW State Cup and PUMA Champion of Champions. The highlight being the U16s Girls Padstow Hornets team who were finalists in their competition, narrowly losing in the grand final. At the end of the season, the Association coordinated its first Female Football Forum inviting various stakeholders to engage with the Association to shape the future of women’s football in the Bankstown area. The night was well attended and plans are under way for a strong focus on women’s football in 2017.

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BLACKTOWN DSFA 2016 season saw many highlights in both community and elite football. Another season of player growth was highly evident. Following the huge increase in players for 2015, BDSFA was expecting a drop off as there were no significant global football events for 2016.

Ropes Crossing Strikers joined the family and provided the first new club in our far western area for 30 years. The successful inaugural season was capped by four teams contesting the finals series with two appearing in Grand Finals with the Premier League 20s crowned as 2017 Champions. BDSFA commitment to coaching continued with over 250 new participants licensed in 2016. Blacktown Spartans female football blossomed as a five year plan came into fruition with four of five teams contesting the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues NSW Women’s finals with four winning their Grand Final. The coaching staff, managers and players all adhered to the plan for a long time and were finally rewarded for persistence. After setting the bar at a high level Spartans now need to maintain their position in women’s football. Early signs show a great determination. Blacktown Football Park now belongs to BDSFA; opened in 2012 the finalisation of a five year tussle for a lease and naming rights was also completed in 2016. A simple naming of the entry street will become the cherry on our cake which will allow emergency services and delivery trucks the ability to find us on maps and GPS’s. We look forward to 2017 with our goals being an investment in Women’s Football paramount on our list. Early discussions with Granville Association have everyone excited for a big improvement with more teams and better grading to provide excellent playing conditions for girls and women.

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CANTERBURY DSFA The CDSFA commenced with only 13 teams in its first playing season in 1923, growing to 34 teams in 1927 and increasing to 160 team by 1964.

By 1970, the Association had 2,898 players in 207 teams and the Association was the 11th largest Football Association in the then NSW Amateur Soccer Federation. The story in 2016 is very different with the Association registering 16,357 players and now the fourth largest community football association within the Football NSW framework.

Work has commenced on the $1.8 million upgrade, new club amenities building and floodlighting at Centenary Park. This has been funded by Federal Government, State Government, the former Ashfield Council and Burwood FC. When completed in April 2017 Burwood FC will have first rate facilities available to their players.

This presents the CDSFA and its member clubs with challenges around infrastructure, given the geographic footprint of the Association is in the well-established Inner West Suburbs of Sydney. There is no more “greenfield” space that can be turned into active community sporting fields.

In the lead up to the Federal Election in 2016, the Federal Government committed $1.0 million to the building of a new amenities facility at Campbell Park, the home of the Abbotsford Junior Football Club. The project will exceed $1.5 million and additional funding for this development will be provided by the City of Canada Bay Council and the Abbotsford Junior Football Club.

As a result sporting fields are a valuable commodity across the Inner West. Given the growth in participation many of the fields are subjected to intensification of use beyond the capacity for which they were built. Community football fields are grass and as such Local Government places a limit of use per week. This is done to ensure playing fields are capable of remaining playable and safe throughout a full playing season. Most fields were constructed prior to World War II or just after. The amenities at fields, if any were very basic. Today many of the amenities are either past their “use by date”, no longer meet legal requirements or no longer meet community standards.

Additionally, a further $1.3 million has been committed to Blair Park by the Federal Government. This field also accommodates the Burwood Football Club. This development in conjunction with Burwood Council will ensure Burwood Football Club is future proofed for the foreseeable future in a key part of the CDSFA geography.

The above factors have combined to elevate investment in community football facilities as one of the forefront priorities.

The Council amalgamations have had a benefit in a particular area. After battling for several years with Canterbury Council, progress is being made on the Gough Whitlam and Waterworth Park precinct located at Earlwood. The new Council has set aside the previous Plan of Management for the precinct established by the former Canterbury Council. The new Plan of Management provides for new football fields and the building of a district level sports pavilion and amenities in the confirmed part of the plan and with further football fields in the draft longer term plan of management now on public exhibition.

The Association and members clubs have had some wins on this infrastructure in 2016. The Concord Junior Soccer Club opened its new $1.4 million premises at Edwards Park. This was funded by the Federal Government, City of Canada Bay Council and the Concord Junior Soccer Club.

These measures will allow the Cooks River Titans Football Club to consolidate its operations in a single precinct area. This will relieve pressure on several other venues which accommodate Cooks River Titans. In turn allowing one of the Association’s Foundation Clubs, to more adequately accommodate its players.

The Association has a strong focus on female participation. This is one of the drivers behind our growth. It has highlighted the infrastructure challenges even more. It is clear there is a need to provide more female friendly sporting facilities across the venues provided by Local Government.

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CENTRAL COAST FOOTBALL It was yet another good year for Central Coast Football. As many as 13,774 players took part in the 2016 season from 1,296 teams over 23 member Clubs.

A total of 11,920 matches were played – the highest number of games in Central Coast Football’s history. The winter competition saw a total of 27,503 goals scored, at an average of 2.28 goals in each match – the highest scoring club being Killarney District with 2,050! The highlight of the Finals series was the ‘A’ grade junior grand finals being played at Central Coast Stadium, an incredible atmosphere with over 4,000 people flooding through the gates to watch their teams play. Throughout the entire season, Match Officials handed out 4,925 yellow cards and 437 red cards. 2016 saw the introduction of the Womens Division One competition, aimed at continuing to encourage a competitive squad environment and further cementing the development of female players on the Coast. Central Coast Football wishes to thank every player, official, coach, manager, volunteer, parent and spectator for their involvement in the 2016 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 From AIA Vitality MiniRoos to PUMA Champion of Champions, from coach education to summer football, there’s never been a more exciting time for football in the East!

2016 saw the Eastern Suburbs Football Association continue the path of extraordinary growth that has seen our registered players rise from just over 6,000 in 2014 to just shy of 9,000 in 2016. This is largely down to two factors – the re-integration of ALDI MiniRoos from clubs that had been running unaffiliated programs, and the continued growth of football participation in the region across all ages but particularly in seniors.

Eastern Suburbs Football Association has also been fortunate to offer summer football for the first time in many years after winning the tender to operate summer competitions at the new synthetic facility at Moore Park. This is an exciting development that underlines the fact that football isn’t just for the winter - we now offer football all year round.

Eastern Suburbs Football Association took the opportunity in 2016 to make greater investments in game development through engaging a dedicated coordinator for our booming ALDI MiniRoos programs and a Technical Director to oversee coach education and development. Our investment in coach education saw us providing coach education and development directly to our clubs, and better liaison with club coaching coordinators. We also saw the region host our first ever advanced coaching course – a C-Licence that was attended by nearly 40 coaches, with the majority attached to clubs from our region. 2016 saw Eastern Suburbs Football Association club Dunbar Rovers win the Puma Champions of Champions tournament for All Age Women, a first for the Association in women’s competition. This is testament to the growing quality of women’s competition in our region.

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FOOTBALL SOUTH COAST It was another great year for football in the Football South Coast region on and off the field with many achievements experienced.

With the constant pressure on our infrastructure due to the size of

Grand Finals across all our competitions; Junior, Women’s, Community

our sport, with 13,000 registered players, for the first time in many

League and the Men’s Premiership.

years football obtained both Council and State Government Funding to contribute to a synthetic pitch at Ian McLellan Park.

Our junior development programs were very successful including our first ever Girls Only SAP. Our FSC Academies (including Girls Only and

This will be the first synthetic pitch in the region and a welcome

Senior Boys) also experienced growth compared to last year and is a

investment in facilities to help deal with wet weather and general overuse

testament to the quality coaches available within these programs.

of grounds. Several clubs were also successful in obtaining funding for

Football South Coast is also an active supporter and contributor to many

their grounds for drainage, lighting and amenity upgrades. In terms of sponsorship and corporate support we welcomed some wonderful organisations to the football community in 2016, these included Ultra Football, IMB Bank, GJ Gardner Homes, RMB Lawyers, South Coast Floor Coverings and Multi Civil and Rail. These sponsors

members of our community. Some of the programs we supported during 2016 were: • FSC Knights (Children with a Disability) • The Homeless Hub • Greenacres Five A Side Competition

were in addition to our fantastic longer term supporters of football

• Illawarra Multicultural Services

including WIN TV, The Illawarra Mercury, WGC Cranes, Team Rhino, Fryer

• Fire and Rescue NSW and the Department of Education

Barry Orthodontists, Figtree Physio, Villa D’Oro, The Fraternity Club,

• Supported Accommodation and Homelessness Services Shoalhaven

Edmen, Peoplecare and Fuji Xerox.

Illawarra (SAHSSI)

On the field, it was a fantastic season where we again experienced

With 2016 heralded a success, we are hoping that the 2017 season will

growth in our player participation which culminated in memorable

bring us more joy across all areas of the organisation.

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GLADESVILLE HORNSBY FA The Gladesville Hornsby Football Association continued its mission to foster a love of the game, providing opportunities for participation and development.

As many as 32 affiliated clubs, 13,448 registered players and 1,100 teams took in 10,120 fixtures in 131 competitions in season 2016. Huge congratulations to Club Champions Epping FC who proved unstoppable in 2016 while Eastwood St Andrews took out the GHFA Cup. Kenthurst were the talk of the town taking out the Premier League seniors and reserves title while the North Epping Rangers were given the honours of being champions in the Super League for both age groups. In a great achievement the likes of clubs such as Epping FC U17s, Gladesville Ravens U21s and Epping Eastwood O45s all reached the final of the PUMA Champion of Champions Tournament held at Football NSW’s headquarters, Valentine Sports Park. Coach development was again high on the agenda at the association and yet again we experienced some solid numbers in a number of the courses we ran throughout the course of the 2016 season.

The GHFA Academy ran successfully with 240 participants which was a fantastic achievement by everyone involved in this process. The GHFA Board finalised a Strategic Plan, which identified our mission, values and five pillars, and documents a solid direction and business

Numbers for 2016 Grassroots License

Game Training Certificate

Skill Training Certificate

Senior Coaching Certificate

145

42

135

43

plan for the future of GHFA. Long-standing Board member Ross Iredale retired after 36 years of service. Ross created a legacy which will be difficult to surpass in this Association. Facilities were next on the agenda and the City of Ryde Council confirmed

Sadly, our representative program through Spirit FC suffered the devastating and sudden loss of Technical Director John McLafferty, late in the season. The camaraderie and strength shown by our coaching staff, managers and players was paramount during this time and truly reflected the Spirit of our Representative Club

a $5.5 million upgrade to ELS Hall Field, and Fields 1 and 2 at Christie Park, for the installation of all-weather synthetic playing surfaces. Pennant Hills Club opened their new synthetic pitch at Pennant Hills Park, and West Epping is under construction for the installation of synthetic fields to open in 2017.

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GRANVILLE DSFA The 2016 season proved to be one of our busiest yet for one of the oldest football associations in Australia.

We were fortunate that we did not have that many interruptions to our season, competition match wise. We did lose one round to the weather but that has become the norm over the last several seasons. Our competitions were a little depleted compared to the 2015 season with some competitions a little lopsided. This was to be expected after having to move players up a division or two in order to compensate for a loss of teams. Congratulations to those who became 2016 League Winners and/or Champions and also to those teams who went on to represent their club and Granville Association in the PUMA Champions of Champions held at Football NSW’s Valentine Sports Park. Winston Hills Under 17’s were the only team to be crowned PUMA Champion of Champions after taking out the final in a penalty shootout. They look like

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a pretty well-oiled team that will have more success down the track. Granville Association has to begin a rebuilding phase to cover the loss of players over the past 12 months, we need to devise a way to capture all those who love the game but fail to join one of our affiliated clubs for one reason or another. Attracting the sponsorship dollar is needed so we can employ a Technical Director to run coaching clinics throughout the season to assist Mum and Dad coaches as well as assisting qualified coaches in keeping their accreditation. We need to look at running Summer Soccer on grounds that Councils will allow us to assist with the bottom line as well as giving an opportunity for clubs to sign players for the Winter Season. I would like to pass on my appreciation to those club committee people I deal with all year and wish all the best to those who are leaving. To those returning I look forward to season 2017.


MACARTHUR FA As the sun set on the 2016 season, Macarthur Football Association experienced a great year but understood that there will be even more work implemented in the 2017 season.

Season 2017 will be upon us and it will be time to roll up the sleeves and get stuck in to creating yet another successful footballing experience for our 10,000 playing members.

The MFA Cup is also a well-represented tournament with all clubs having the opportunity to pick their best players and play midweek throughout the season in a knock out competition.

The synthetic turf renovation at Lynwood Park has allowed the MFA to grow in both stature and status in the football world and has opened many opportunities that were previously not possible.

Congratulations go to Harrington United Under 15 Division 1 team who collected silverware in the Football NSW State Cup. This is a great achievement for all involved and one that all of us at the MFA are proud of.

During the 2016 season, 35% of our approximately 860 teams had the opportunity to experience the game on the best surface available and by all accounts it has been very well received. We introduced a “Champions League” Tournament which was held at the start of the year and played on the synthetic surface. This tournament saw the Premiers and Champions of each division pooled into groups with the first and second placed teams advancing to the knockout stages. The MFA is ever evolving and new tournaments introduced have been successful in enticing more participants in playing the world game. As well as the newly added Champions League, the MFA has had in place for several years the annual “City V Country” match which is an extremely popular and hotly contested match between the players from the LGA that their club is situated in.

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MANLY WARRINGAH FA WITH an estimated 17,500 registered players on the northern beaches, football is a vital fabric in the sports mad region.

Rather than rest on their laurels, the forward thinking Manly Warringah Football Association implemented a few changes ahead of the 2016 season to cater to demand. Women’s football saw the introduction of three new age groups in the under 8s, 9s and 15s. It didn’t happen overnight, with plenty of planning behind the scenes. The reaction was positive, with two key objectives achieved - keeping girls playing the world game as well as an overall increase in the total number of players across the peninsula. Elsewhere on the pitch, the Manly Warringah Football Association achieved significant success. In the State Cup, Wakehurst won the 18s men’s division, defeating Georges River in a high quality final on July 17. Seaforth (12 boys) and Forest Killarney (13 boys) also did the Association proud after winning through to the deciders in their respective age divisions. Narrabeen were the yardstick in the men’s Premier League competition, claiming the title on goal difference from Pittwater RSL FC. Joe Santarosa’s squad then showed their class in the grand final at Cromer Park, outclassing St Augustine’s 6-0. Colin Euers’ Brookvale won the ladies Premier League grand final, beating Manly Vale A 1-0 with Beacon Hill the league champions. Come late October, the Manly Warringah Football Association was represented by five teams in the PUMA Champion of Champions finals at Valentine Sports Park. Narrabeen capped off a remarkable 2016, winning the All Age Men’s decider 5-4 against West Pymble to secure their third major trophy of the campaign. Wakehurst’s 18s boys also caught the eye, thrashing Mt Pritchard 5-0 at the home of Football NSW to back up their State Cup success at the same venue. Forest Killarney’s 13s boys thrashed Wahroonga 4-0, while Avalon (14s girls) and Wakehurst (over 30) came up short against Cronulla and Marton respectively.

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NEPEAN FA Nepean FA has enjoyed a very successful year in reaching goals they have been setting for themselves over the past few years.

Nepean FA has enjoyed a very successful year in reaching goals they

more than 200 assessments in 2016, which is a 150% increase on 2015.

have been setting for themselves over the past few years.

We’ve kicked quite a few goals on our strategic plan too.

Summer Football saw a 300% increase in participation numbers in the

We continue a focus on not only increasing player participation and

Association run venue at Jamison Park in Penrith. While we were striving

ensuring a healthy retention rate but of also maintaining a strong

for growth in participation, underpinned by several strategic plans to help

focus on volunteer education and support for our club volunteers, who

us achieve our goals, we were quite surprised at the marked increase in

continue to be the backbone of delivering sport to our community.

popularity particularly in our Jamison Park Penrith facility.

Our Nepean Football Development Programs have also enjoyed a 340%

Our numbers increased from approximately 230 in 2015 to almost 900

increase (50 participants in 2015 & 220 in the 2016 season program) as

in 2016 and the positive feedback received from participants confirmed

well as seeing Holiday clinics double in participation.

that the model used was well received by all stakeholders.

Coach development and education has also enjoyed a successful

Our referee numbers continue to increase with a very small number of non-returning members each year, again confirming that our structure for Referee management is a strong one. Our Referees Group has established an excellent mentoring program and have also carried out

increase, putting through 390 newly accredited coaches in the Grassroots course - 100 in the Skills Training Certificate Course, 22 in the Game Training Course and 21 in the Senior Coaching Cert. We look forward to meeting the challenges that 2017 will bring.

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NORTH WEST SYDNEY WOMEN’S FA 2016 was a great year for Women’s football across all areas in the country, but our association certainly shared some of the limelight with two teams taking out the Grand Final in the PUMA Champion of Champions.

Gladesville Ravens Under 16’s capped off an amazing year by their dramatic win over Northbridge Mariners in the PUMA Champion of Champions and this marked a hat-trick of titles for the girls in 2016 after taking out the North West Sydney Women’s Premiership and the Football NSW State Cup. Epping FC’s Under 21’s also won the North West Sydney Women’s Premiership as well as cruising to victory with a convincing win over South Coast side Thirroul in the PUMA Champion of Champions. Overall, our player numbers grew in 2016 and the Association continued to provide a unique all female football platform ranging from ALDI MiniRoos Football, Under 6 to Under 11’s, Junior Football for players from Under 12 to Under 18 and All Age divisions including Over 30’s. We continued with our PINK program where we provided the opportunity for girls and women of all abilities to participate in a 10-week program of playing, interacting, networking and kicking or also known as PINK. The other big successes for the Association were our come and try SAP day where we had 80 girls register and participate. Let’s not forget that our Association provides a pathway for our players to become Koalas which are our PlayStation4 National Premier League NSW Women’s representatives. The Koalas had a strong year and were unlucky not to win the senior Grand Final against Sydney University.

PUTNEY FC

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NORTHERN SUBURBS FA A Focus on Increasing Participation, Facilities Development and Record Champion of Champions Finals Appearances the Highlights for Northern Suburbs Football in 2016.

Playing numbers continued to rise across the board with more than 16500 players ensuring another new record for the NSFA. Female football participation rates also continued their steady climb with a 9% increase. Spearheaded by our Grade 11, Grade 12 and Grade 14 Diamond League program, female football competitions across the NSFA had more depth and balance than ever before. Participation parlayed into on field success with three NSFA teams capturing respective Football NSW State Cup titles in Season 2016. Hornsby RSL Under 12 Boys and the Northbridge Grade 12 and Grade 14 girls all proved unbeatable as they progressed through to the July showpiece at Valentine Sports Park.

Continued growth in playing numbers has of course put extreme pressure on our facilities and we are very fortunate to have a brand new facility courtesy of Ku-ring-Gai Council. The North Turramurra Recreation Area officially opened in November 2016 and we have our first official games scheduled for late March. Further plans are being worked on to turn this facility into a home of football and a genuine centre of excellence.

And in further confirmation of the associations progress in football development, we had a record number of PUMA Champion of Champions Grand Finalists, six in total. Congratulations to the North Sydney United Under 21 team who came away with the ultimate prize. In other news that headlined the 2016 season, our Under 6 ‘Welcome to Football Day’ continues to help induct our newest ALDI MiniRoos with more record attendances, our Summer Football programs grew by over 35%, and our ‘Silent on the Sidelines’ weekend promoting RESPECT towards referees garnered widespread media attention.

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SOUTHERN DISTRICTS SFA The 2016 season marked 70 years since the foundation of Southern Districts Soccer Football Association. We experienced a year of highs, lows, sadness and new beginnings.

Member numbers for the Southern Districts Soccer Football Association

Our SAP teams participated in Kanga Cup and all reports were of an

were relatively the same in 2016, with numbers reaching 10,397.

enjoyable and successful tournament.

Our referee numbers however, did increase to around 150, which is a big

We were successful in acquiring a Federal grant of $1 million to be spent

improvement on previous years decline.

on new state of the art facilities in Middleton Grange.

This is credited to advertising and education, with Southern Districts

Our Association had success in the State Cup and PUMA Champion of

Soccer Referees conducting many training sessions under the guidance

Champions Finals.

of Football NSW Referees.

State Cup winners were, Mt Pritchard U14 and Sydney Juniors U16.

Our home of Ernie Smith Reserve has seen many improvements, with

PUMA Champion of Champions winners were, Mt Pritchard U14 and Mt

new concrete paths, new canteen facilities works are starting and

Pritchard U15.

improvements being made to field 2. Tragically, the untimely passing of our Technical Director, Ramsin Shamon shook our community to the core. His work and dedication to our Association will be forever remembered. We have appointed a new Technical Director for our Association, Rod Galic, as well as our new Female Technical Director, former Matildas star Catherine Cannuli. Catherine is also the head coach for our Women’s State League, who were victorious in their challenge for the Women’s State League Grand Final Cup. Our Reserve team made the Final but were defeated. We look forward to the new season with Catherine again at the helm. In our Men’s State League, our U18’s won the Grand Final, the U20’s played in the Grand Final, but fell in the final hurdle and our Men’s First Grade made the Final but were also defeated.

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Our Association Grand Finals are held at Ernie Smith and were a smashing success, with exciting games of football being played. We look forward to a new season of playing and promoting Football in our Association.


ST GEORGE FA St George Football poured its focus on facilities, female football growth, development programs and community interaction in 2016.

2016 was a year of change and maturity for the St George Football Association (SGFA). We extended the range of programs offered across both Community Grassroots and Development football providing a clear pathway for our players, coaches and parents with resources that are dedicated to achieve the best outcome for our local community. The Board and Management’s focus was firmly on working with our local, state and federal partners to improve and develop facilities for football in the St George district, to ensure that our large participation base have the best possible environment to enjoy our sport. The participation highlight for 2016 was the positive growth for female football, with a 3% increase in numbers, which aligns with our strategic objective. In 2017, SGFA planned a number of new initiatives to further strengthen our numbers and have formed a female football working group to drive this area. A number of new programs and initiatives were delivered in 2016 as we strived for further growth and development of the sport in the district, including: • implementation of new SGFA brand, website and social media platforms; • a $2m funding pledge from the Coalition government for a synthetic pitch and other facilities at McCarthy Reserve, Rockdale; • received a $100,000 funding pledge from Coalition government for improvements to Peakhurst Park; • delivered the inaugural Pre-Season Charity Cup, donating over $6,000 to the St George Hospital Children’s Ward; • delivery of a new Summer Football program with over 200 registered players;

A number of our Clubs teams also had a very successful season with special acknowledgment to the following teams: • Connells Point Rovers U13 Boys – State Cup Champions • Connells Point Rovers U14 Boys – State Cup Runners-Up • Connells Point Rovers U18 Girls – State Cup Champions • Connells Point Rovers U14 Boys – PUMA Champion of Champion Runners-Up • Hurstville City Minotaurs Over 45 – PUMA Champion of Champion Winners. 2016 was also a landmark year for our representative program which witnessed the emergence of a new Seniors program. The St George FA Men’s State League team claimed the treble – Club Championship, Premiership, and Grand Final win from strong neighbours, Hurstville ZSC. This success has resulted in promotion to the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 3 NSW Men’s league for 2017 and the creation of new entity, St George City FA. In addition, the Development Program will also deliver full time Girls SAP and AYL programs in 2017. Our Special Needs Program, the St George Warriors, also continued to go from strength to strength in 2016, and will increase to 4 teams for 2017 season. We look forward to a bigger and better 2017.

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SUTHERLAND SHIRE FA The SSFA continued to grow in 2016 and was again the largest sporting Association in the country – with almost 19,200 players participating in almost 800 matches each and every weekend during the season.

• 5,843 female players were registered to play in the SSFA in 2016. The SSFA has the largest female participation rate of any football code in the country. It is pleasing to see more and more girls transition to and enjoying their football – placing a greater emphasis on the quality of our delivery of the aforementioned programs. • 97% of the almost 19,200 players are residents of the Sutherland Shire, again proving the value of this sport to the local community. The burdensome rule that requires new players to be residents of the Sutherland Shire is a necessity and, although difficult to manage, was vigilantly policed by all clubs – otherwise we will only be turning away the honest majority. Without this rule we would also be turning away local Sutherland residents as there is just not enough space available to play sport; Council is working with the SSFA to consider alternatives, Given that the SSFA only have approximately 60 fields at our disposal the logistics of managing the competitions is a significant task that requires a lot of co-ordination and working with our member clubs. The SSFA Clubs – all operated by volunteers - have again delivered to the local football and sporting community a service second to none. The SSFA Executive Committee and Office staff again excelled; providing plenty of support and guidance to the Clubs, proving that teamwork is the fundamental ingredient to achieve success, and diligently striving to achieve the best outcomes for the greater good (with an open and transparent dialogue with all clubs). Club Presidents and Secretaries must also be thanked as we often compare notes from the weekend, share our ‘war stories’ and most importantly endeavour to make sure the SSFA and its member clubs are all ‘heading in the same direction’.

however a short term fix is not presently evident. • The SSFA Football Manager has ensured that coach education and development is again available to all club coaches. Jon Long has run FFA community coaching courses for the benefit of 179 club coaches that wished to avail themselves of age appropriate training. In addition, Jon has arranged numerous FNSW updates, has individually visited clubs to run numerous training sessions and has also operated the very successful SSFA Girls Academy, school holiday clinics and Girls Only skills nights during the season. Further ideas to roll out a program for player and coach development in 2017 is now underway; we are constantly evolving as we understand the needs of coaches and to entice more to take advantage of the experience

A number of highlights for the year included:

and training on offer.

• The Boys Regional Youth Conference in 2016 was again very successful with all four teams very competitive in the Championship – with the U13’s and U14’s both winning their respective Championships. This program has provided those players that wish to play representative football an opportunity to develop their skills in a very competitive environment.

• Sutherland Shire Council have continued to partner with the SSFA and

• The SSFA – supporting local girls that wish to compete at the highest amateur level in the State - again entered Women’s Representative teams in the FNSW Women’s Premier League (WPL) competition. The SSFA WPL was again successful on the field - the WPL15’s making it to the Grand Final of the Championship, and the WPL13’s, WPL17’s and WPL First Grade all making the finals.

2016 was another enjoyable year with thanks to all players, parents,

• The WPL program is underpinned by the SSFA’s very well regarded Girls Academy, the FNSW Girls Skills Acquisition Program and the Girls Only Skills nights (which is open to all interested parties). A number of WPL Senior players are instrumental in supporting these girls programs as coaches, thereby ensuring a connection between the WPL and our local juniors and hopefully being an inspiration to the participants.

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our Clubs to provide the fields that we train and play on each and every week. Council continues to review the methods to manage the fields to ensure that the fields last as long as possible during the season. It is a long, gradual process however improvements are visible.

supporters and volunteers.


RIVERINA BRANCH Riverina Branch Associations continue to develop players in 2016.

Riverina Players have continued to benefit from the Four Associations Coaching & Development programs. This was seen in 2016 with the great results for Riverina Branch at The Country Cup. Results in Individual age groups 12 Boys won finished with 10 points – Griffith Association 12 Girls won finished with 10 points – South West Slopes Association 13 Boys won finished with 10 points – Griffith Association 14 Boys won finished with 12 points – Wagga Wagga Association This was a fantastic result for Riverina teams with 4 age groups finishing on top of their respective ladders out of 6 teams participating, with the 14 Girls Griffith Association & 15 Boys Wagga Wagga Association finishing second in their age groups.

Griffith 13 Boys

Success continued for Riverina at the FNSW State Titles with Riverina Teams and the Country Championships 13 Boys Country Champions 14 Boys Country Champions 15 Boys Country Champions 14 Girls Country Champions Culminating with 37 Riverina players selected for Country NSW teams. 13 Boys – 11 Players 14 Boys – 10 Players 14 Girls – 8 Players 15 Girls – 8 Players It was a highly successful season for Riverina Branch and it is safe to say that the branch will continue to achieve in 2017, with the opportunity for Riverina Players to be selected into the Riverina Rhinos squads and associations continuing to focus on player development.

Riverina 14 Girls

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WESTERN BRANCH Certainly, the year has had challenges and highlights. The associations were impacted heavily with wet weather across the middle part of the year causing lost matches.

The Branch is pleased with an improved number of coaching courses/certificates and also further assistance in regards to Coach Education in many forms including more involvement in schools.

Football NSW State Titles

The Challenge Cup has grown immensely and has proven to be both a competitive and an enjoyable pre-season event. There was continued growth in Futsal and Summer Football and we will be looking to increase the active futsal centres affiliated with Football NSW for 2017/18.

13 Boys

2nd in Country

14 Boys

3rd in Country

15 Boys

2nd in Country

14 Girls

2nd in Country

16 Girls

2nd in Country

Western NSW Youth League U12 Boys

Winner

Runner-Up

Bathurst

Dubbo

There was a continued Western NSW presence at FNSW State Futsal Titles which had led to the growth of NSW Country teams at the FFA Futsal National Championships which continues to grow in player development and team representation.

U13 Boys

Dubbo

Lachlan Lions

U14 Boys

Bathurst

Orange

U15 Boys

Dubbo

Orange

U16 Boys

Orange

Dubbo

U12 Girls

Bathurst

Dubbo

Following on from that, Western NSW held the first regional Futsal Certificate/Licence with 13 participants.

U14 Girls

Lachlan United

Bathurst

U16 Girls

Bathurst

Lachlan Lions

Western NSW Football Challenge Cup

Country Cup - BOYS

Country Cup - GIRLS

Winner

Runner-Up

3rd

12 Boys

3rd

12 Girls

2nd

Men

Dubbo FC

Dubbo Macquarie

Abercrombie/Orana Spurs

13 Boys

2nd

14 Girls

1st

Women

Wellington

Dubbo RSL 78’s

Mudgee/Dubbo Macquarie

14 Boys

3rd

16 Girls

1st

15 Boys

1st

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SOUTHERN BRANCH As with the entire football community across NSW, the very wet season provided many challenges for all involved with the beautiful game for 2016.

As always, the personnel involved within the sport worked hard and we completed yet another successful season.

representing the area with pride.

Everyone’s hard work and efforts as well as dedication to this very sport once again stood out in ensuring as many football matches took shape across the winter football season.

at Moruya was a great success for all who competed – so much so, that

The coveted and much anticipated Branch Championship took shape for 2016 and was held across two weekends at Goulburn and Nowra.

Finally, our very own Southern Branch FC, the pathway for elite football in

Once more, we had teams representing the region from the U12, 13, 14 and 15 Boys as well as the U12, 14 and 16 Girls age groups with each team

within Football NSW competitions across various age groups and divisions

The return of all age Men’s and Women’s for Branch Championship held this will continue for the 2017 football season such was the fantastic feedback we received.

the Southern Branch area, are constantly developing a strong presence and we hope that this will continue to ascend in bigger ways in 2017.

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REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS GRIFFITH AND DISTRICT FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

SOUTH WEST SLOPES SOCCER ASSOCIATION

Triumph, Rewards and Success for Regional Football Association.

South West Slopes Soccer Association (SWSSA) – Small but Doing Great Things…

What a fantastic year 2016 has been for football in Griffith. Strong participation has continued in both the junior and senior leagues with a few changes on the horizon for the 2017 football season. We have had a year of great success. The amazing Hanwood FC Under 12 team was crowned winners of the PUMA Champions of Champions tournament held at Valentine Sports Park. This was an enormous achievement and credit must go out to the players, coaches and the Club whose hard work has been rewarded with this awesome result. We are excited to announce the appointment of Ross Morgan as our Localised Coaching Development Manager. A resource specifically for Griffith Football, this will enable a clear focus on coach education and participation for our sport. Ross has been involved in grassroots football in Griffith for many years and he is looking forward to working closely with our local clubs. Griffith District Football Association is extremely fortunate to have two members of our community recognised for their contributions to the game. Matthew Curran has been recognized for his commitment to football in Griffith. He played a key role in the development of the Riverina Rhinos, a fantastic platform for the players to participate at an elite level. Mark Feltracco was recognised for his commitment to refereeing and the game overall. Mark has been involved in football in Griffith for many years as a player and a referee. He adjudicates numerous games on a weekly basis and is an asset to our football community. We all look forward to an exciting 2017 season.

SWSSA is under the Riverina Branch and is one of the smallest associations within NSW with only 647 registered junior players in 2016. In 2016, SWSSA featured clubs such as: Cootamundra Junior Soccer Club, Gundagai Panthers Football Club, Harden Soccer Club, Temora Soccer Club (juniors) and Tumut Eagles Football Club (juniors). In 2016, SWSSA fielded 5 representative teams – Under 12 and Under 14 girls and Under 12, 14 and 15’s boys. All teams performed well at various carnivals with the under 12 girls’ team being named the 2016 Country Cup Champions at Goulburn with the under 12 boys’ team winning the Shield Division of the 2016 New Intelligence Lightning Tournament in Canberra. In 2016, the Association had seven players selected for Riverina representation. SWSSA has held two Grassroots Coaching workshops; one Skills Training Certificate as well as conducting a successful Referees Course. To cater for the high number of female players (35% in 2016), a ‘Girl’s Only’ Coaching Clinic with Football NSW’s Renee Rollason was held in June with over 40 girls across the association in attendance. Player numbers have continued to grow over the last five years and a highlight for the Association was the appointment of a Development Officer in late 2016. This appointment will enable better coach education, the implementation of more consistent training programs and a renewed attitude to the encouragement, retention and development of all players in 2017.

GRIFFITH & DISTRICT FA

SOUTH WEST SLOPES SA

GRIFFITH & DISTRICT FA

SOUTH WEST SLOPES SA

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REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

ALBURY-WODONGA FA senior divisions, the growth in football in regional Australia is strong and continuing. 2016 saw the AWFA welcome new club Cobram Roar to the association. Cobram proved to be competitive and a great asset to the association. At the 2016 AGM, Cobram Roar was congratulated by way of been affiliated and provided with full membership of the AWFA. In our junior ranks, our ALDI MiniRoos competition was strong, with our end of year gala day, playing host to approximately 600 players.

ALBURY-WODONGA FA

Our juniors from under 11’s through to under 16’s held a strong competition during the year with many boys and girls involved in representative and Riverina levels. Congratulations to Albury City under 18 Girls, on making the Grand Final of the PUMA Champion of Champions. The AWFA currently have four of our Under 14 2016 girls players trialing for NSW State teams. Our senior teams held strong during the year which was noted as one of the most competitive seasons the AWFA have held.

ALBURY-WODONGA FA

The AWFA held another successful ‘C’ Licencing program for the 2016 season with 18 participants, including home grown former Socceroos superstar Joshua Kennedy. Mention must be made to Carlo Vilani from the Italo Club and Life Member of the AWFA for hosting a special charity match, raising funds for earthquake stricken Italy.

SHOALHAVEN DISTRICT FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION 2016 was a year of continued learning for the new Board after the retirement of several long term directors. Several major events were staged in addition to a full program of winter and summer competitions. Registrations were again on the increase placing a strain on the availability of club grounds. Competitions were strong across all age groups.

ALBURY-WODONGA FA

ALBURY-WODONGA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION 2016 was another successful year for the Albury Wodonga Football Association (AWFA). AWFA registration and participant numbers continue to grow with just over 2600 registrations, with aims to continue increasing participation in all areas particular females in football. As one of the smaller associations within Football NSW, comprising of 11 member clubs, hosting teams of Under 6s’ through to our

Grand Final day for juniors and seniors drew thousands of players and supporters to the South Nowra complex. Our summer competition was again fully subscribed. Once again the members of ourReferees Association turned out to ensure that all games were covered with qualified officials. Without the dedication of the men in black during winter and summer months, we would not have a game. Several major events were staged at South Nowra. The most notable was the inaugural National Indigenous Championships.

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REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS This event brought together teams from all over Australia.

EUROBODALLA

It was covered by NITV and SBS.

The Eurobodalla Association enjoyed an exciting season in 2016.

The South Coast Sevens tournament is in its second year and continues to grow. Local and visiting teams competed over a very hot weekend in November.

Our six clubs all fielded ALDI MiniRoos and Junior teams whist senior teams entered were down from the previous year.

Development of the South Nowra ground has continued; Ison Park is now fully fenced. We are hopeful of installing drainage in two fields and of seeing a start on the long awaited amenities building.

Clyde United in the north entered a record six teams in the Under Six age group whilst Broulee entered four teams in the Under Seven age group. Whilst we struggled to keep our teenagers involved, we managed to run a successful Youth League for both boys and girls. Bodalla were the champions in the Boys League and the Girl’s league saw Clyde United as the victors. Bodalla were too strong in the mixed U/12 division seeing an all Bodalla Grand Final. Batemans Bay struggled with keeping their All Age Men together but all credit to the team members that hung in there. The combined Bodalla/Narooma All Age Men’s team took out the Premiership but were unable to contest the Grand Final which saw Moruya and Broulee into extra time before Broulee took the Championship for 2016. The All Age Women’s League was dominated by Clyde United. They have lifted the trophy an amazing 13 times in the last 17 years, but an ever improving Moruya Ladies side were the Champions this year.

SHOALHAVEN DISTRICT FA

Both Moruya Men and Women’s teams entered the PUMA Champion of Champions competition with the Moruya Ladies successfully making it into round 3. At the Annual Presentation Night, the Player of the Year awards saw a number of quality individuals take out the plaudits on what was a great night. Cerys Hawkins from Broulee took out the honour in the men’s division whilst Adele Saines from Moruya was announced the Player of the Year in the women’s division. The prestigious “Shoesmith Award” for the volunteer of the year was awarded to Gary Megay who worked tirelessly for Batemans Bay in an Admin role, as well as coaching; as he also holds the position of President for the local Referees Association.

SHOALHAVEN DISTRICT FA

The Branch Championship competition this year was quite successful for Eurobodalla with our U/12 Girls and U/14 Boys being Champions and therefore representing Southern Branch at the Country Cup. Our U/16 Girls were Runners-Up and although not winners, our 12 and 13 boys competed well. However, the really exciting part of 2016 came at the end of the season. Eurobodalla hosted the Inaugural Senior Branch Championship competition at Moruya which was contested between Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven, Southern Tablelands and the Far South Coast Associations. It was played in great spirit and all players were acknowledged for their sportsmanship. Both finals were contested between Far South Coast and Eurobodalla, the Far South Coast being victors in both divisions. Congratulations! It was wonderful to see some great football to end a great season.

SHOALHAVEN DISTRICT FA

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Our thanks to all the volunteers that make it possible for our players to enjoy the beautiful game.


REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS FOOTBALL WAGGA WAGGA

Participation Rise

It was a busy but fantastic and memorable 2016 Football season for Football Wagga Wagga.

2016 saw the third year of massive growth in player participation for the region.

It all kicked off with the appointment of a local Development Officer to the region as well as signing a regional partnership with Sydney FC and saw its greatest rise in participation rates for many years.

Over the past 3 years, participation has grown a whopping 38%, with the association on track to top 3000 players this year.

Development Officer

Growth has come at all levels, with over 1200 ALDI MiniRoos now enjoying the game.

Football Wagga Wagga’s Development Officer worked closely with all clubs, schools, academy teams and helped with coach education.

Our first grade men’s competition has similarly doubled in size, going from 5 to 10 teams in the space of just three years.

In 2016 Football Wagga Wagga ran two very successful primary school gala days, a Mini Matildas gala day for year 3/4 and 5/6 girls and a Mini Socceroos gala day for year 3/4 and 5/6 boys.

The women’s game has not been left behind either, with a 55% increase in girls and women playing the sport over the past 3 years.

These days both had 350 plus attendees and were a great promotion for the sport. The Development Officer has also had contact with over 1,430 students from over 15 primary schools.

All this is put down to the hard work of the football community in tailoring the sport to meet the needs of the players, marketing and promoting the game positively, and building strong relationships with community groups and clubs.

Football Wagga’s Development Officer also got off the ground the first every ALDI MiniRoos Kick off program in the city, which was a great success. 2017 will see two new primary school football competitions added. Sydney FC regional partnership Football Wagga Wagga’s most exciting news of 2016 came on the 11th of August when Sydney FC finalised their regional partnership. Since then, the partnership has already seen a Sydney FC holiday clinic take place in Wagga with over 110 participants and former Socceroo and Sydney FC Community Officer Paul Reid in town. The Wagga City Wanderers were privileged to be able to send 4 young teenagers up to Sydney to train with the Sydney FC youth teams for a week and had academy girls attend the men’s and women’s Sydney FC games to meet and greet the players. The partnership has many more exciting chapters including the junior Skills Acquisition Program teams having the opportunity of a game day experience on the Easter weekend where they will be the ball kids, half time entertainment and get to walk out with the players.

EUROBODALLA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION - UNDER 14 SQUAD 2016

FOOTBALL WAGGA WAGGA

FOOTBALL WAGGA WAGGA

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REGISTERED PLAYER COMPARISON 2015 v 2016

2015

2016

% Change

Sutherland Shire Football Association Inc.

18657

18784

0.68%

Manly Warringah Football Association Inc.

17154

17345

1.11%

Northern Suburbs Football Association Inc.

16233

16547

1.93%

Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

15694

16242

3.49%

Central Coast Football

13800

13771

-0.21%

Gladesville-Hornsby Football Association Inc.

14058

13448

-4.34%

Nepean Football Association Inc.

12625

12670

0.36%

Football South Coast

11900

11734

-1.39%

9472

11020

16.34%

Granville & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

15793

10263

-35.02%

Blacktown & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

10200

10210

0.10%

Macarthur Football Association Inc.

9434

9756

3.41%

St George Soccer Football Inc.

9346

8907

-4.70%

Eastern Suburbs Football Association Inc.

7972

8776

10.09%

Southern Districts Soccer Football Association Inc.

8833

8431

-4.55%

Bankstown District Amateur Football Association Inc.

6809

6511

-4.38%

Shoalhaven District Football Association Inc.

3335

3400

1.95%

North West Sydney Women's Football Inc.

2881

2906

0.87%

Wagga Wagga & District Amateur Football Association Inc.

2225

2448

10.02%

Dubbo & District Football Association Inc.

2382

2285

-4.07%

Orange & District Football Association Soccer Inc.

2269

2216

-2.34%

Lachlan Amateur Soccer Association Inc.

2016

2058

2.08%

Bathurst & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

1936

1982

2.38%

Highlands Soccer Association Inc.

1689

1679

-0.59%

Griffith & District Soccer Association Inc.

1668

1630

-2.28%

Albury Wodonga Football Association

1399

1403

0.29%

989

1172

18.50%

1179

1133

-3.90%

Southern Tablelands Football Association Inc.

880

929

5.57%

Eurobodalla Football Association Inc.

858

868

1.17%

Western Plains Soccer Association

492

649

31.91%

South West Slopes Soccer Association

610

646

5.90%

Sydney Amateur League

567

520

-8.29%

Australian Chinese Soccer Association

297

273

-8.08%

225,652

222,612

-1.35%

State League Clubs (FNSW Competitions)

Far South Coast Football Association Inc. Lithgow & District Soccer Association

TOTALS

76 | Football NSW


AGE COMPARISON 2015 v 2016

2015

2016

% Change

6

18630

18115

-2.76%

7

15468

14957

-3.30%

8

16153

15682

-2.92%

9

14903

15532

4.22%

10

14571

14418

-1.05%

11

13508

13581

0.54%

12

13169

12861

-2.34%

13

11201

11764

5.03%

14

10549

10451

-0.93%

15

9599

9678

0.82%

16

8384

8300

-1.00%

17

6562

6263

-4.56%

18

4773

5033

5.45%

19

4271

4011

-6.09%

21

7676

7319

-4.65%

56235

54647

-2.82%

225,652

222,612

-1.35%

All Age/Over 35 TOTALS

JUNIORS V SENIORS COMPARISON 2015 v 2016

2015

2016

% Change

118846

117082

-1.48%

Female Junior (5-17yrs)

33851

34520

1.98%

Male Senior (18yrs+)

58230

56344

-3.24%

Female Senior (18yrs+)

14725

14666

-0.40%

225,652

222,612

-1.35%

Male Junior (5-17yrs)

TOTALS

Photo credit: John Appleyard

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FEMALE PLAYER COMPARISON 2015 v 2016

2015

2016

% Change

Sutherland Shire Football Association Inc.

5626

5747

2.15%

Manly Warringah Football Association Inc.

4510

4680

3.77%

North West Sydney Women's Football Inc.

2881

3770

30.86%

Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

3335

3546

6.33%

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

3452

2906

-15.82%

Central Coast Football

2797

2772

-0.89%

Football South Coast

2747

2738

-0.33%

Nepean Football Association Inc.

2526

2560

1.35%

State League Clubs (FNSW Competitions)

2129

2197

3.19%

Eastern Suburbs Football Association Inc.

1919

2077

8.23%

Blacktown & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

1780

1838

3.26%

Macarthur District Soccer Football Association Inc.

1705

1795

5.28%

Granville & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

2502

1697

-32.17%

St George Soccer Football Inc.

1615

1657

2.60%

Southern Districts Soccer Football Association Inc.

1146

1154

0.70%

Bankstown District Amateur Football Association Inc.

1097

1036

-5.56%

Shoalhaven District Football Association Inc.

996

997

0.10%

Lachlan Amateur Soccer Association Inc.

706

696

-1.42%

Wagga Wagga & District Amateur Football Association Inc.

513

622

21.25%

Dubbo & District Football Association Inc.

592

547

-7.60%

Bathurst & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

539

535

-0.74%

Gladesville-Hornsby Football Association Inc.

505

480

-4.95%

Highlands Soccer Association Inc.

433

415

-4.16%

Albury Wodonga Football Association

413

392

-5.08%

Far South Coast Football Association Inc.

320

385

20.31%

Griffith & District Soccer Association Inc.

342

359

4.97%

Orange & District Football Association Soccer Inc.

311

336

8.04%

Eurobodalla Football Association Inc.

274

281

2.55%

Lithgow & District Soccer Association

318

267

-16.04%

Southern Tablelands Football Association Inc.

189

245

29.63%

Western Plains Soccer Association

147

233

58.50%

South West Slopes Soccer Association

211

226

7.11%

Australian Chinese Soccer Association

-

-

-

Sydney Amateur League

-

-

-

48,576

49,186

1.26%

TOTALS

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MALE PLAYER COMPARISON 2015 v 2016

2015

2016

% Change

North West Sydney Women's Football Inc.

-

-

-

Sutherland Shire Football Association Inc.

13031

13037

0.05%

Gladesville-Hornsby Football Association Inc.

13553

12968

-4.32%

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

12781

12777

-0.03%

Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

12359

12696

2.73%

Manly Warringah Football Association Inc.

12644

12665

0.17%

Central Coast Football

11003

10999

-0.04%

Nepean Football Association Inc.

10099

10110

0.11%

Football South Coast

9153

8996

-1.72%

State League Clubs (FNSW Competitions)

7343

8823

20.16%

13291

8566

-35.55%

Blacktown & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

8420

8372

-0.57%

Macarthur District Soccer Football Association Inc.

7729

7961

3.00%

Southern Districts Soccer Football Association Inc.

7687

7277

-5.33%

St George Soccer Football Inc.

7731

7250

-6.22%

Eastern Suburbs Football Association Inc.

6053

6699

10.67%

Bankstown District Amateur Football Association Inc.

5712

5475

-4.15%

Shoalhaven District Football Association Inc.

2339

2403

2.74%

Orange & District Football Association Soccer Inc.

1958

1880

-3.98%

Wagga Wagga & District Amateur Football Association Inc.

1712

1826

6.66%

Dubbo & District Football Association Inc.

1790

1738

-2.91%

Bathurst & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

1397

1447

3.58%

Lachlan Amateur Soccer Association Inc.

1310

1362

3.97%

Griffith & District Soccer Association Inc.

1326

1271

-4.15%

Highlands Soccer Association Inc.

1256

1264

0.64%

Albury Wodonga Football Association

986

1011

2.54%

Lithgow & District Soccer Association

861

866

0.58%

Far South Coast Football Association Inc.

669

787

17.64%

Southern Tablelands Football Association Inc.

691

684

-1.01%

Eurobodalla Football Association Inc.

584

587

0.51%

Sydney Amateur League

567

520

-8.29%

South West Slopes Soccer Association

399

420

5.26%

Western Plains Soccer Association

345

416

20.58%

Australian Chinese Soccer Association

297

273

-8.08%

177,076

173,426

-2.06%

Granville & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

TOTALS

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FUTSAL REGISTERED PLAYER COMPARISON 2015 v 2016 2015

2016

% Change

24

17

-29.17%

Boomerangs F.S

113

112

-0.88%

Botany Bay Pirates

114

121

6.14%

Campbelltown City Quake

109

109

0%

Capital FC (F-League)

34

0

-100%

Central Coast

73

75

2.74%

1784

1643

-8%

Dural Warriors

111

112

0.90%

East Coast Heat

47

48

2.13%

Eastern Suburbs Futsal Club

216

257

18.98%

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal

137

138

0.73%

Enfield Rovers

96

97

1.04%

Epping YMCA

259

501

93.44%

25

46

84.00%

844

543

-35.66%

Hornsby PCYC

79

41

-48.10%

Imperial Eagles

79

79

0%

Indoor 5's

311

365

17.36%

Inner West Futsal

321

305

-4.98%

Inner West Magic

148

152

2.70%

International Football School Futsal

213

170

-20.19%

99

100

1.01%

873

719

-17.64%

1137

1079

-5.10%

Marrickville PCYC

321

327

1.87%

Mascot Vipers

149

149

0%

Mountain Majik

114

110

-3.51%

Mt Druitt Town Rangers SC

111

91

-18.02%

34

-

Bayside Pirates FC (F-League)

The Centre, Dural

Galaxy FC (F-League) Hawkesbury YMCA

International Football School Futsal (State) Just Futsal Lower Mountains Futsal

North Canberra Untouchables FC (F-League) North Ryde Futsal Club

56

65

16.07%

Orange PCYC

30

0

-100%

Parramatta Pumas Futsal Club

85

85

0%

Phoenix Futsal

145

145

0%

Raiders Futsal Club

105

104

-0.95%

275

-

Riverina Futsal Riverstone Sports

322

372

15.53%

Riverwood YMCA

71

321

352.11%

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Ryde YMCA

281

362

28.83%

37

50

35.14%

South Coast Taipans

150

144

-4.00%

Sydney City Eagles

111

112

0.90%

Sydney Futsal Club

94

95

1.06%

60

-

131

132

0.76%

37

17

-54.05%

104

143

37.50%

South Brisbane Futsal Club (F-League)

The Football Factory UTS Northside Futsal Club Vic Vipers (F-League) Wagga Futsal West City Crusaders FC

77

76

-1.30%

Western Wolves

83

86

3.61%

9,860

10,184

3.29%

Total

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NUMBER OF CLUBS COMPARISON 2015 vs 2016

2015

2016

% Change

State League Clubs (FNSW Competitions)

61

67

9.84%

Football South Coast

67

64

-4.48%

Southern Districts Soccer Football Association Inc.

37

37

0%

Gladesville-Hornsby Football Association Inc.

34

32

-5.88%

Nepean Football Association Inc.

32

32

0%

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

34

32

-5.88%

Granville & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

32

28

-12.50%

North West Sydney Women's Football Inc.

28

27

-3.57%

Sutherland Shire Football Association Inc.

26

26

0%

Eastern Suburbs Football Association Inc.

24

25

4.17%

Macarthur District Soccer Football Association Inc.

25

25

0%

Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

24

24

0%

Central Coast Football

23

24

4.35%

St George Soccer Football Inc.

24

24

0%

Blacktown & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

22

23

4.55%

Bankstown District Amateur Football Association Inc.

21

21

0%

Sydney Amateur League

26

21

-19.23%

Bathurst & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

22

19

-13.64%

Manly Warringah Football Association Inc.

18

18

0%

Orange & District Football Association Soccer Inc.

19

17

-10.53%

Dubbo & District Football Association Inc.

16

16

0%

Australian Chinese Soccer Association

17

15

-11.76%

Lachlan Amateur Soccer Association Inc.

13

13

0%

Shoalhaven District Football Association Inc.

13

13

0%

Highlands Soccer Association Inc.

12

12

0%

Wagga Wagga & District Amateur Football Association Inc.

11

11

0%

Far South Coast Football Association Inc.

8

8

0%

Southern Tablelands Football Association Inc.

8

8

0%

Griffith & District Soccer Association Inc.

8

7

-12.50%

Western Plains Soccer Association

7

7

0%

Albury Wodonga Football Association

6

6

0%

Eurobodalla Football Association Inc.

7

6

-14.29%

South West Slopes Soccer Association

5

5

0%

Lithgow & District Soccer Association

6

3

-50.00%

736

716

-3%

TOTALS

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AWARD RECIPIENTS STATE AWARDS Colin Campbell

Albury Wodonga Soccer FA

Kylee Freeman

Bankstown District Amateur FA

Stephen Bradbury

Blacktown District Soccer FA

Robert Sutton

Canterbury & District Soccer FA

David Swan

Football South Coast

Grant Walton

Granville & Districts Soccer FA

Mark Feltracco

Griffith & District Amateur FA

John Gale

Macarthur Football Association

Gail Macleod-Jones

Nepean Football Association

Tony Davies

Manly Warringah Football Assoc.

Penny Howell

Northern Suburbs Football Assoc.

Adrian Jones

North West Sydney Women’s FA

Gary Girdlestone

Shoalhaven District Football Assoc.

Sam & Rosanna Lentini

Southern Districts Soccer FA

Craig Norris

Southern Tablelands Football Assoc.

Greg Storey

Sutherland Shire Football Assoc.

Mathew Curran

Football Riverina

GEORGE CHURCHWARD AWARD Ian Holmes

Canterbury & District Soccer FA

FAIR PLAY AWARD Springwood U16/3B

Nepean Football Association

LIFETIME MEMBERS Vince Balzan

Tom A. Doumanis OAM

Bill McIlveen

Cec Barlow

Eric Drury

A. Raahauge*

Trevor Elliott*

Anthony Raciti Doug Rennie OAM

*

Ron Beaumont Leonard Bolden AM

Brian Emery

William Brackenbury*

Les Fairclough*

Howard Bradley

Ken Ferguson

Frank Broughton*

William Ford*

*

Joan Robertson* Jim Ronis 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*

Peter Gray

Peter Thorne

John Hedison

Jack Toole*

Jack Cirjanic

*

Robert Clark 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* Harrie Dening OAM George Dick OAM*

Frank Wilson

Joe Leffley* *

Peter McCann

*

Douglas McCarron

Rod Woods* *Deceased 2016 Yearbook | 83


2016 HONOUR ROLL FOOTBALL NSW COMPETITIONS COMPETITION

NSW MEN’S

NSW YOUTH

2 NSW MEN’S

2 NSW YOUTH

3 NSW MEN’S

MEN’S STATE LEAGUE

AGE GROUP

PREMIERS

CHAMPIONS

1st

Sydney United 58 FC

Blacktown City FC

20s

Manly United FC

Sydney Olympic FC

18s

Hakoah Sydney City East FC

Hakoah Sydney City East FC

16s

Marconi Stallions FC

15s

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

14s

St George FC

13s

Manly United FC

1st

Sydney FC

Sydney FC

20s

Sydney FC

Sydney FC

18s

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

16s

Hawkesbury City FC

15s

Bankstown United FC

14s

Stanmore Hawks FC

13s

Nepean FC

1st

Hills Brumbies SC

Rydalmere Lions FC

20s

Rydalmere Lions FC

Dunbar Rovers FC

18s

Inter Lions SC

Rydalmere Lions FC

1st

St George FA

St George FA

20s

St George FA

UNSW FC

18s

Nepean FC

SD Raiders FC

1st

Sydney University SFC

Sydney University SFC

Res

Manly United FC

Blacktown Spartans FC

17s

Sydney University SFC

Blacktown Spartans FC

15s

Blacktown Spartans FC

Blacktown Spartans FC

13s

Blacktown Spartans FC

FNSW Institute

1st

Inter Lions SC

Northern Tigers FC

Res

Northern Tigers FC

Nepean FC

17s

Northern Tigers FC

Inter Lions SC

NSW WOMEN’S

15s

Northern Tigers FC

Northern Tigers FC

13s

Nepean FC

Northern Tigers FC

1st

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC

SD Raiders FC

Res

Gladesville Ravens SC

Gladesville Ravens SC

17s

Gladesville Ravens SC

Gladesville Ravens SC

15s

UNSW FC

Western NSW Mariners FC

13s

Western NSW Mariners FC

Western NSW Mariners FC

16s

Riverina Rhinos

15s

Sutherland Shire FA

14s

Sutherland Shire FA

13s

Riverina Rhinos

2 NSW WOMEN’S

WOMEN’S STATE LEAGUE

REGIONAL

CONFERENCE

84 | Football NSW


FOOTBALL NSW FUTSAL COMPETITION

AGE GROUP

PREMIERS

CHAMPIONS

Men

Vic Vipers Futsal Club

East Coast Heat FC

Women

South Brisbane Futsal Club

Galaxy FC

AWD FUTSAL LEAGUE

South Coast Taipans

Mountain Majik Futsal Club

AWD FUTSAL LEAGUE 2

Phoenix Futsal Club

Phoenix Futsal Club

Dural Warriors

Dural Warriors

Open Men

PREMIER LEAGUE

PREMIER LEAGUE 2

STATE LEAGUE

Open Women

Inner West Magic

Dural Warriors

Youth Men

Enfield Rovers Futsal Club

Campbelltown City Quake

17 Girls

Mascot Vipers

UTS Northside Futsal Club

16 Boys

Mascot Vipers

Mascot Vipers

15 Girls

Mountain Majik Futsal Club

Mountain Majik Futsal Club

14 Boys

Enfield Rovers Futsal Club

Mascot Vipers

13 Girls

Mountain Majik Futsal Club

Mountain Majik Futsal Club

12 Boys

Enfield Rovers Futsal Club

Mascot Vipers

Open Men

Sydney City Eagles

Raiders Futsal Club

Open Women

Boomerangs FS

Boomerangs FS

Youth Men

Sydney City Eagles

Boomerangs FS

17 Girls

Boomerangs FS

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club

16 Boys

Raiders Futsal Club

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club

15 Girls

Raiders Futsal Club

Phoenix Futsal Club

14 Boys

Sydney City Eagles

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club

13 Girls

Mt Druitt Town Rangers Futsal

Boomerangs FS

12 Boys

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club

Open Men

Parramatta Pumas Futsal Club

Western Wolves Futsal Club

Open Women

Sydney Futsal Club

Sydney Futsal Club

Youth Men

Sydney Futsal Club

Sydney Futsal Club

17 Girls

International Football School Futsal Club

International Football School Futsal Club

16 Boys

Central Coast Futsal Club

Central Coast Futsal Club

15 Girls

Sydney Futsal Club

Sydney Futsal Club

14 Boys

Western Wolves Futsal Club

Western Wolves Futsal Club

13 Girls

Parramatta Pumas Futsal Club

Parramatta Pumas Futsal Club

12 Boys

Sydney Futsal Club

Sydney Futsal Club

2016 Yearbook | 85


ARATAH Cup

roctor park

hallenge

ATHURST Cup

country

hampionships

OUNTRY CUP

OUNTRY CUP

FOOTBALL NSW CUPS & COMMUNITY FOOTBALL COMPETITION

AGE GROUP

CHAMPIONS

RUNNERS UP

Sydney United 58 FC

Manly United FC

17 Girls

Sutherland Shire FA

Inter Lions SC

15 Girls

Bankstown City Lions FC

Inter Lions SC

13 Girls

Sydney Olympic FC

Sutherland Shire FA

12 Girls

North Shore Mariners FC (Yellow)

Wahroonga FC-West Pymble FC

16 Boys

Rydalmere City Lions FC

Riverina Rhinos

15 Boys

Western NSW Mariners FC

Mid North Coast FC

14 Boys

Rydalmere City Lions FC

Western NSW Mariners FC

13 Boys

Riverina Rhinos

Sutherland Sharks FC

Lions FC

Western NSW Mariners FC

15 Boys

Met Far South

WARATAH Cup

proctor park

challenge

BATHURST Cup

STATE TITLES

country riverina

STATE TITLES

metro - north

STATE TITLES metro - SOUth

country championships

STATE TITLES STATE TITLES 14 Boys country western

country southern

STATE TITLES metro - EAST

STATE TITLESMetSTATE TITLES North metro - far north

metro - far SOUth

13 Boys

Met West

16 Girls

City North

14 Girls

Met West

STATE TITLES

city - north 15 Boys

STATE TITLES city - SOUTH

14 Boys

Country Riverina

city - central/west

Country Riverina

13 Boys U16 Girls

STATE TITLES

Country Riverina U16 Girls

U16 Girls

16 Girls

Country Southern

14 Girls

Country Riverina

15 Boys

Country Western

14 Boys

Country Riverina

13 Boys

Country Riverina

12 Boys

Country Riverina

16 Girls

Country Western

14 Girls

Country Western

12 Girls

Country Riverina

CHERYL SALISBURY CUP

12 Girls

Northbridge FC (Northern Suburbs FA)

Shellharbour JFC (Football South Coast)

FRANK BROUGHTON CUP

12 Boys

Hornsby RSL (Northern Suburbs FA)

Seaforth FC (Manly Warringah FA)

13 Boys

Connells Point Rovers FC (St George FA)

Forest Killarney FC (Manly Warringah FA)

14 Girls

Northbridge FC (Northern Suburbs FA)

AC United FC (Southern Districts SFA)

14 Boys

Mt Pritchard Mounties (Southern Districts SFA)

Connells Point Rovers FC (St George FA)

15 Boys

Harrington United FC (Macarthur FA)

Lake Heights JFC (Football South Coast)

16 Girls

Gladesville Ravens (North West Sydney Womens FA)

Padstow Hornets FC (Bankstown DAFA)

16 Boys

Sydney Juniors FC (Southern Districts SFA)

Connells Point Rovers FC (St George FA)

17 Boys

Gymea United FC (Sutherland Shire FA)

Winston Hills SC (Granville & Districts SFA)

COUNTRY CUP

COUNTRY CUP

STATE CUPS

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COMPETITION STATE CUPS

ROBERTSON CUP STATE CUPS

BILL CULLINAN CUP

CHAMPION OF

CHAMPIONS

CHAMPION OF

CHAMPIONS

AGE GROUP

CHAMPIONS

RUNNERS UP

18 Womens

Connells Point Rovers FC (St George FA)

Colo Soccer FC (Nepean FA)

18 Men

Wakehurst FC (Manly Warringah FA)

Georges River FC (Sutherland Shire FA)

21 Men

Menai Hawks FC (Sutherland Shire FA)

Barden Ridgebacks FC (Sutherland Shire FA)

O35 Men

Granville Rage FC (Granville DSFA)

Dunbar Rovers FC (Eastern Suburbs FA)

AA Womens

Albion Park WFC (Football South Coast)

Wollongong Olympic Womens (Football South Coast)

AA Men

Lilli Pilli FC 2 (Sutherland Shire FA)

Glebe Gorillas FC (Sydney Amateur FL)

12 Girls

Shellharbour JFC (Football South Coast)

Cooks River Titans FC (Canterbury & District SFA)

12 Boys

Hanwood FC (Griffith & District FA)

Hornsby RSL (Northern Suburbs FA)

13 Boys

Forest Killarney FC (Manly Warringah FA)

Wahroonga FC (Northern Suburbs FA)

14 Girls

Cronulla Seagulls FC (Sutherland Shire FA)

Avalon FC (Manly Warringah FA)

14 Boys

Mt Pritchard Mounties (Southern Districts SFA)

Connells Point Rovers FC (St George FA)

15 Boys

Mt Pritchard Mounties (Southern Districts SFA)

Lourdes SC (Blacktown & District FA)

16 Girls

Gladesville Ravens (North West Sydney Womens FA)

Northbridge FC (Northern Suburbs FA)

16 Boys

Riverstone Schofields JSC (Blacktown DSFA)

Kemps Creek SC (Southern Districts SFA)

17 Boys

Winston Hills SC (Granville DSFA)

Epping FC (Gladesville Hornsby FA)

18 Womens

Albion Park JFC (Football South Coast)

Albury City FC (Albury Wodonga FA)

18 Men

Wakehurst FC (Manly Warringah FA)

Mt Pritchard Mounties (Southern Districts SFA)

21 Womens

Epping FC (North West Sydney Womens FA)

Thirroul FC (Football South Coast)

21 Men

North Sydney United FC (Northern Suburbs FA)

Gladesville Ravens (Gladesville Hornsby FA)

O30 Womens

Marton FC (Sutherland Shire FA)

Wakehurst FC (Manly Warringah FA)

O35 Men

Cronulla Seagulls FC (Sutherland Shire FA)

North Sydney United FC (Northern Suburbs FA)

O45 Men

Hurstville City Minotaurs FC (St George FA)

Epping Eastwood FC (Gladesville Hornsby FA)

AA Womens

Dunbar Rovers FC (Eastern Suburbs FA)

Tarrawanna FC (Football South Coast)

AA Men

Narrabeen FC (Manly Warringah FA)

West Pymble FC (Northern Suburbs FA)

FFA NATIONAL COMPETITIONS COMPETITION

AGE GROUP

CHAMPIONS

U14 Boys

NSW Metro Thunder

U14 Girls

NSW Metro Thunder

U16 Boys

NSW Metro Thunder

U16 Girls

NSW Metro Thunder

U19 Women

NSW Metro Lightning

U19 Men

NSW Metro Thunder

Sydney United 58 FC

U13 Boys

NSW Metro Blue

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