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2017 YEARBOOK


Throughout the season, Football NSW have created video content designed to better tell the story of our beautiful game. To view the video relevant to the page you are on, click the play button.


CONTENTS 4

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

6

CEO’S REPORT

8

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

9

2017 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

10

MARKETING OUR GAME

11

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

12  14

FACILITIES & ADVOCACY UNIT VALENTINE SPORTS PARK

16 

SKILL ACQUISITION PROGRAM

18 

PUMA CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

19

DEPLOY STATE CUPS

20

FEMALE FOOTBALL WEEK

21

ALDI MINIROOS

20

PS4 NPL NSW MEN’S

22

PS4 NPL 2 NSW MEN’S

26

PS4 NPL 3 NSW MEN’S

27

STATE LEAGUE MEN’S

28

PS4 NPL NSW WOMEN’S

30

PS4 NPL 2 NSW WOMEN’S

31

STATE LEAGUE WOMEN’S

32

WARATAH CUP

34

WESTFIELD FFA CUP

36 FOOTBALL4ALL 38

NATIONS OF ORIGIN

39 

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

40 

NATIONAL PARALYMPIC 7-A-SIDE

41

POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL

42

SUMMER FOOTBALL

44

FUTSAL COMPETITIONS

46 

NATIONAL FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

48 

FOOTBALL NSW STATE TEAMS

49

FOOTBALL NSW INSTITUTE

50 

COMMUNITY COACH EDUCATION

51 

ADVANCED COACH EDUCATION

52

REFEREE DEVELOPMENT

53 SCHOOLS 54 

FOOTBALL NSW ASSOCIATIONS

80 

PLAYER COMPARISON

81

AGE COMPARISONS

82

GENDER COMPARISONS

84 

FUTSAL REGISTERED PLAYER COMPARISON

86 

NUMBER OF CLUBS COMPARISON

87 

AWARDS & LIFETIME MEMBERS

88

HONOUR ROLL


CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

ANTER ISAAC In the past 12 months, our organisation has continued to work towards the strengthening of governance, greater delivery of services and support, and an improvement across general management and operations. Despite accepting that we don’t expect these efforts to result in immediate outcomes for our member Associations, Clubs and participants - especially in an ever-changing environment - we are encouraged to see significant milestones being routinely achieved and progress being made across numerous areas. With regards to our governance, I was pleased to see proposed amendments to our Constitution were unanimously accepted by our Members, with important updates to the by-laws made.

The constitutional changes will ensure a rotation of half of the elected directors will occur commencing at the March 2020 AGM. This will reinforce continuity and stability of the board. I want to acknowledge my fellow directors Rob Laws and Chris Gardner for supporting the changes, despite the result limiting their potential term lengths. To provide improved transparency and accountability, we have also restructured our chart of accounts to activity based accounting. This will allow greater visibility of how we invest in the development of football. At national level, we have continued to represent the best interests of our members and football with the positions we have taken regarding the composition of the Football Federation Australia Congress and constitutional reforms. We continue to advocate for greater stakeholder representation, accountability and transparency at the congress and improved governance structures within the FFA. We are well underway in developing our strategic plan and vision for 2030. Thank

you to our stakeholders that provided valuable input. The finalisation and implementation of this will be our key focus for 2018. We welcomed Stuart Hodge as our CEO during 2017. Stuart has focussed on working with stakeholders to understand their challenges as we continue our shift towards improving our member services. A key component of this is the capability building initiatives that have been rolled out and will continue to develop throughout 2018. To provide improved transparency and accountability, we have restructured our 2018-19 chart of accounts to activity based accounting. This will allow greater visibility of how we invest in the development of football. We continue to see higher numbers of participants, with the continued growth of women’s football particularly pleasing. This growth is something that you, as our game’s stakeholders more so than we at head office - should be recognised for and proud of. Our challenge collectively now becomes one


of accommodating and servicing the continued growth in participation with specific attention to creating more and better clubs and grounds. We saw the Matildas sell out Penrith when they played Brazil and undoubtedly, they are inspiring more girls and boys to play the game due to their fantastic achievements and the way they conduct themselves. As part of managing the growth of women’s football particularly, we took important steps to conduct a competitions’ review and restructure our women’s competitions in 2018 – a process will need continued monitoring to ensure our competitions continue to meet our objectives. With the creation of a Girls Conference League we hope that will grow and continue to support the development of female players. A review of the Men’s Competition structure is now in process as we look to bring in three-year licences, allowing stability of the competitions and for our clubs to plan accordingly. Similarly, a futsal review is now underway as we look to ways of bringing the sport together. As part of our commitment to the sport, we will host the 2018 FFA National Futsal Championships. Our aim is to not just deliver an outstanding tournament, but to use it a s platform to leave a legacy for the sport. Variations in the way our members wish to play football continue to be at the forefronts of our minds. Summer Football continued its growth and popularity with more than 40,000 players now enjoying participating in

this form of the game. Importantly we continue to invest in advocacy, lobbying and other programs focussing on much-needed facilities for our membership. More than $1.8 million in grants were announced in the First Round of the NSW Government’s Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund to support clubs across the state from as far north as Kempsey and as far south as Shoalhaven. This funding was spread across 16 projects to assist with much needed facility improvements and upgrades. The Second Round of funding applications have just closed and we look forward to the government announcing the successful applications in due course. We are also supporting our members though the “Let’s Light Up Football” initiative which will allow some clubs and associations to be able to receive grants towards lighting projects. With Federal and State elections imminent, we continue working towards achieving a greater and unified voice for all levels of the game in lobbying for more government funding to aid in the further development of our facilities. Many of you will be aware of the NSW Government’s Active Voucher program. This was an enormous undertaking from Football NSW to support parents of our players in being able to obtain and redeem the voucher and ongoing support to associations and clubs in how the process would work and ongoing efforts to ensure they receive their rebate from the Government.

Football NSW invested in a support team, that answered the numerous calls and emails from players, parents, clubs and associations. At the time of writing, almost 90,000 vouchers have been redeemed for football registrations, resulting in $9m of money saved by parents. We appreciate that this program put unnecessary burden on our hardworking volunteers, however the savings made by parents and the potential opportunity the program created for more children to play the game is significant. All of this would not have been possible without the hard-work and cooperation of the four key partners in the process. The way our Associations, Clubs, Football NSW and FFA have worked together to address issues and solve problems, has been outstanding and demonstrates what is possible when we work together. I would like to thank those who so generously volunteer to serve of our Standing Committees, Disciplinary Committees, GPT and Appeals Tribunal. I would like to acknowledge my fellow directors for the commitment and wisdom they bring to Football NSW. As I stated in 2017, 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 and the game for the long-term. Thank you for your continued trust and support.


CEO’S REPORT

from one place to another, continues to be more expensive and time consuming. We must ensure that we have local opportunities available for those who wish to develop as a player, coach, referee or administrator.

STUART HODGE I want to thank everyone involved in football for the warm welcome they have given me since I commenced as CEO. It has been a pleasure to meet the many volunteers that give their time to support their clubs, players, coaches and referees. You have my admiration and gratitude. After living overseas for the past seven years, it has been enjoyable to return to football in Australia. Many of the challenges that have existed for some time remain, but what continues to be undeniable is the resilience of football, and the people involved in it, to overcome obstacles to ensure that it continues to be the most popular participant sport in the country. As a sport, we have not been great at recognising our history, and under the leadership of the board we will be working in 2018 to further honour those that have given so much to our game and show pride in the history of football in this country, especially in NSW. It had been many years since I had the pleasure to be at Valentine Sports Park and I am proud that football has such a home in NSW. We need to continue to develop this precious asset to provide even more support to football, both from a facilities standpoint but also in driving commercial revenue into our sport. Whilst VSP is a terrific focal point for our activities, we must never lose sight that our membership requires decentralised programs right across our great state. We must plan, as Sydney and NSW changes. Getting

One such initiative is the introduction in 2018 of Talent Support Programs, designed to provide additional training opportunities for elite players in their areas. We are also committed to continuing to upskill coaches, especially from regional areas, so that they can become presenters of courses, providing additional opportunities for development in those regions by people who are based there.

WHAT CONTINUES TO BE UNDENIABLE IS THE RESILIENCE OF FOOTBALL, AND THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN IT Whilst our participation numbers keep growing, thanks to the work of those at our clubs, it continues to put a strain on facilities. We are working hard to try and address these issues through our Advocacy and Lobbying team and importantly, we have helped to establish a Parliamentary Friends of Football that features Members of Parliament, from all sides of politics. This powerful group will help us to advocate on behalf of football. We will work closely with the FFA, clubs and associations to position ourselves with one voice ahead of the upcoming federal and state elections. We must also be conscious that football, like other sports, will and must evolve. We have seen various forms of the sport, such as summer and walking football flourish. We

need to be bold in piloting new forms of the game that can add to the experience and enjoyment of players. I look forward to 2018-19 with great optimism. We continue to focus on improving the level of service to our membership and the development of football. As our strategic plan gets put in place, the KPIs and business plans that flow from that will provide sharper focus and visibility of what we are aiming to achieve. I want to thank all the people that completed our online survey as well as all the people I have met right across the state to better understand the challenges they face. Your input has and continues to be vital. We will continue to look for opportunities to drive more revenue into football. To our existing partners that give us such valuable support, we thank you and we commit to continuing to deliver significant value back to you. I would like to acknowledge my predecessor Stefan Kamasz for the terrific work he did and for the support he has given me, not just during the handover period but beyond. I would also like to thank Anter Isaac and his fellow directors for their support and guidance. The contribution they make to Football NSW is invaluable. To the hard-working staff at Football NSW, thank you for welcoming me and for the dedication you show each and every day to service our membership. You go about your work in a dedicated manner, even when challenging circumstances arise. I look forward to seeing you out and about at football matches.


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ANTER ISAAC Chairman

ROB LAWS Deputy Chairman

STEPHEN HAYES Director

JEANETTE JONES Director

JAMES CHETCUTI Director

LOUIE APOSTOLOVSKI Director

CHRIS GARDINER Director

CARLOS GONZALEZ Director


2017 HIGHLIGHTS SEASON PARTICIPATION

266,510

TOTAL PARTICIPANTS

PLAYERS

CLUBS

233,142 COACHES

REFEREES

15,782

5,350

GENDER PROFILE 5-11 YRS

41.5%

733

MALE 78% 12-17 YRS

26.2%

VOLUNTEERS

12,236

FEMALE 22% 18+ YRS

32.3%

OUTDOOR

SUMMER

FUTSAL

SCHOOLS

169,658

37,277

12,979

13,228*

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

REGISTER TO PLAY

Each year Football NSW coordinates a multichannelled 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 2017, a range of support was made available to administrators including social media graphics, posters, and banners, personalised for clubs. Newspaper advertorials and advertisements placed in local Fairfax and News Local newspapers allowed for a targeted approach

PlayFootballNSW.com.au

to the recruitment element of the campaign whilst radio advertisements on 2DAY FM maximised reach. Consistent artwork, tone and creative across all mediums strengthened the Play Football message, ensuring a clear and confident brand. The Football NSW registration website playfootballnsw.com.au facilitates an easy user journey and assists in the rollout of digital marketing. Targeted social media advertising via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, electronic direct marketing (eDM) and a text message to last year’s participants made for cost effective solutions to reach out to the football family. Summer Football player numbers have increased yet again, and ensuring these players are encouraged to play during the winter outdoor season was a priority in 2017.

There were also targeted campaigns for not just our players, but referees, coaches and volunteers who all continue to play a vital role in the development of our game.


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SOCIAL MEDIA WEBPAGE VIEWS

footballnsw.com.au

3,250,015 summerfootball.com.au

102,916

localfutsal.com.au

nplnsw.com.au

588,250 playfootballnsw.com.au

29,250

113,750

137,473 LIKES*

6,861 FOLLOWERS

10,821 FOLLOWERS*

3,877 SUBSCRIBERS

REACH

19,323,327

VIDEO VIEWS (FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE)

1,866,971 Statistics above for the period 1st January 2017 - 31st December 2017

2,550,861 354,582 *Football NSW and NPLNSW


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FACILITIES & ADVOCACY UNIT The Facilities and Advocacy Unit continued to make inroads in the area of infrastructure and facilities development primarily through lobbying and improving government relations.

The Facilities and Advocacy Unit is a joint venture partnership between Football NSW and Northern NSW Football and offers advice and assistance to Members across NSW regarding facility development, government relations and advocacy. The Unit is committed to providing Members and key constituents access to football facilities and local infrastructure that is safe, accessible, inclusive and conducive to the provision of an enjoyable football experience for all. This important advocacy role is becoming more and more significant and increasingly competitive across the sporting landscape, with many sports organisations now understanding the importance of facilities development to meet the future demand of their respective growth. In many ways, football is playing a lead role and is certainly on the front foot when arguing for greater government investment across all levels and this will particularly be the case in 2018 leading up to several elections in the coming years.

IN 2018 THERE WILL BE SEVERAL SYNTHETIC FIELDS AVAILABLE FOR FOOTBALL’S USE WHICH WILL ASSIST THE FUTURE GROWTH ACROSS THE STATE

Among the many highlights in 2017, the NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund will prove one of the most enduring with more than $1.8 million in First Round funding being announced across 16 projects. Such funds are from the surplus of the 2015 Asian Cup event and are made available to clubs and associations to support facility projects across the state from as far north as Kempsey and as far south as Shoalhaven. Successful applicants from Round Two will be announced in mid-2018 with a further $2 million being available. Once again, Football NSW would like to thank the NSW Government, in particular the Minister for Sport, The Hon. Stuart Ayres, for their continued support of this program. 2017 also saw the continuation of highly popular Facilities Forums as previously conducted, albeit in a slightly different form to past years. This year, and as part of Football NSW’s Capability Building Program, forums were ‘decentralised’ and held out in the communities taking the information directly to the clubs. The first Clubs’ Football Facilities Forum was a combined event with Canterbury District Soccer Football

Association, Bankstown District Amateur Football Association and the St George Football Association members with more than 150 representatives in attendance. At this event, clubs and committee representatives received valuable information on facilities development and funding opportunities from local Council staff and several State and Federal Members of Parliament. Several similar events have already been scheduled for 2018. In December 2017, the Unit held the second annual Northern NSW Football Facilities Forum at MacDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle with more than twice the attendance from the same event in 2016. Once again, Clubs and Zones took some valued information back to their clubs to assist in improving facilities and government relations with all levels of Government. Across the state, the number of synthetic fields and pitches continues to increase, particularly in Sydney, with several councils building their first synthetic facility. In 2018 there will be several synthetic fields available for football’s use which will assist in the future growth across the state. In a first for football in the state, the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Football Group (PFFG) was formed in late 2017. The Group has been established so that football can have a strong and united voice when communicating to NSW Government representatives. The PFFG comprises members from all political parties within the NSW Parliament and has the singular purpose to ‘promote football’s popularity, inclusiveness and multiculturalism throughout NSW’. The PFFG is a joint collaboration between Football NSW, Northern NSW Football, Football Federation Australia, and the four NSW Hyundai A-League clubs, Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers, Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets. The PFFG is an ideal means by which the key football organisations in NSW can come together as a united front to hopefully ensure some significant results for the greater football community.


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STRATEGIC PLANNING IS PARAMOUNT AND THE UNIT CONTINUED TO PROVIDE VALUABLE AND THOROUGH FEEDBACK TO A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY AND SPORT AND RECREATION STRATEGIES ACROSS THE STATE DURING THE YEAR The Unit’s Football Facilities Newsletter continues to share the many wonderful success stories – many related to facilities upgrades and improvements - that are regularly occurring across the state. Facilities not only enable growth in the game, they also enable broader community development. Ensuring communities have adequate spaces where people can actively and safely engage in sport and recreation can improve social, health, educational and cultural outcomes for all. Strategic planning is paramount and the Unit continued to provide valuable and thorough feedback to a number of community and sport and recreation strategies across the State during the year. A significant response was provided on behalf of metropolitan football to the Greater Sydney Commission and the Draft District Plans that were released for Sydney. 2018 is an important year for the Facilities

and Advocacy Unit with preparation for the State and Federal elections high on the agenda and the roll out of a statewide Football Facilities Audit. The State and Federal elections are scheduled for 2019, and these significant events presents football - as the largest club based sport in NSW and Australia – and our members Clubs, Associations and Zones with an ideal opportunity to seek funding for facility development. Our combined cooperation together with initiatives such as the abovementioned PFFG will hopefully get some key messages concerning the need for greater government investment in our game across to our political leaders.

a complete, accessible and online database

The State-Wide Facilities Football Audit is a major piece of work for the Facilities and Advocacy Unit in 2018. Football NSW has engaged Inside Edge - a leader in the leisure planning industry - to create a software package to capture facility related data. The Sports Facility Auditor will create

valid data to help every Football Club plan

of all outdoor football venues that will allow

Football

NSW,

Northern

NSW

Football, Capital Football and its members to drive future venue planning and facility improvement

programs.

The

Facilities

Audit will contribute to our arguments to help justify greater strategic investment and

prioritise

stakeholder

resources

through detailed location intelligence. A large state-wide project such as the Facilities Audit requires the cooperation of all Associations, Zones and Clubs across the State to ensure we capture correct and for future facility upgrades. The Facilities and Advocacy Unit will continue to work closely with Clubs, Associations and Zones across the State to advocate for improved football facilities.


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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 2017.

The venue has also serviced the sporting and recreational needs of the local community and provided an avenue for numerous other sports to experience the facility through its accommodation. In addition, the indoor swimming pool housed learn to swim classes by Advantage Aquatics and was used as a recovery tool by many venue visitors. 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 1,650 separate events and it is estimated over 260,000 people passed through the venue in 2017.

These events included: numerous SAP Gala Days, the Football4All Gala Day, PUMA Champion of Champions, Grassroots Football Friday, Facilities Forum, School Championship events (CIS, CHS, AICES, PSSA, All Schools Tournaments), various PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues NSW Clubs and weekly club training sessions. This growth is envisaged to increase in years to come and is evident with the strong usage already being experienced in 2018. 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.


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SKILL ACQUISITION PROGRAM The Skill Acquisition Program provides a clear, professionally delivered development opportunity for young footballers in NSW which underpins the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s and Women’s competitions.

The Football NSW Skill Acquisition Program Gala Days were unfortunately only held twice in 2017 due to inclement weather at the start of the season washing out the first two Gala Day weekends. The July and August SAP Gala Day weekend’s saw the weather more favourable, which allowed close to 3,000 players over the two events to enjoy the final matches of the 2017 season. With the Football NSW Gala

Day weekend being so successful, interest in the event has spread to Northern NSW Football, with teams from Emerging Jets and Macquarie Football joining the event and other teams from Northern NSW looking to become involved. With a further increase in the number of participating clubs in both SAP and Girls SAP, the 2018 Gala Day events plan to be terrific ‘festivals of football’.


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CHAMPION OF

PUMA CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

CHAMPION OF

CHAMPIONS

CHAMPIONS

01:

LARGE USE: OVER 150MM WIDE This logo has a smaller ‘ ’ symbol

®

02:

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

®

The 2017 PUMA Champion of Champions finals were played at Valentine Sports Park on Sunday 22nd of October with eighteen highly entertaining matches that rocked Football NSW’s headquarters. The ‘Home’ of Football in NSW played host to grassroots football’s most prestigious tournament, as 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, managers, parents, spectators, referees and officials on the day. Both Northern Suburbs and North West Sydney Women’s proved to be the major victors on the day, as they had three teams from their areas triumph in their respective age groups while Manly, Central Coast, Blacktown and Canterbury Associations each took out two titles. Southern Districts, Gladesville Hornsby, Sutherland and Football South Coast all bagged one title each.

PUMA CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS 2017 FINALS RESULTS 12 Boys

Forest Killarney (Manly) 3 v Kemps Creek United (Southern Districts) 1

12 Girls

Gladesville Sharks 3 (North West Sydney Women’s) v Camden Tigers (Macarthur) 0

13 Boys

Terrigal FC (Central Coast) 1 v Bossley Sports (Southern Districts) 0

14 Boys

Forest Killarney 2 (Manly) v Auburn District (Granville) 0

14 Girls

Bonnyrigg FC (Southern District) 0 v Killarney District SC (Central Coast) 1

15 Boys

Fairfield Pats (Southern District) 2 v CC Strikers (Manly) 1

16 Girls

Northbridge FC (Northern Suburbs) 3 v AC United (Southern District) 2

16 Boys

Macquarie Dragons (Gladesville Hornsby) 0 v Lourdes FC (Blacktown) 1

17 Boys

WPH Cherrybrook (Gladesville Hornsby) 2 v SDW Hurricanes (Dubbo) 2 WPH Cherrybrook won 3-1 on penalties

18 Women

Gladesville Ravens (North West Sydney Womens) 2 v Narellan Rangers (Macarthur) 1

18 Men

Glenmore Park FC (Nepean) 2 v Abbotsford FC (Canterbury) 3

21 Women

Thirroul FC (Football South Coast) 0 v Epping FC (North West Sydney Women’s) 9

21 Mens

Menai Hawks (Sutherland) 6 v Maccabi Hakoah (Eastern Suburbs) 1

All Age Women

Albion Park SC (Football South Coast) 4 v Miranda Magpies (Sutherland) 0

All Age Men

Doonside Hawks (Blacktown) 2 v Inter Lions SC (Canterbury) 1

Over 30 Women

Wakehurst FC (Manly) 0 v Mt Colah (Northern Suburbs) 2

Over 35 Men

Leichhardt Tigers JFC (Canterbury) 6v Springwood United FC (Nepean) 2

Over 45 Men

St Michaels (Northern Suburbs) 2 v Engadine Eagles (Sutherland) 1


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STATE CUPS

STATE CUPS

Valentine Sports Park was gripped with one of the most important dates in Football NSW’s Association calendar, the 2017 Deploy State Cup Finals as hundreds flocked to take part in the state based tournament on Sunday 16th of July. Swarms of fans from across NSW took in fifteen high quality 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 were named after former administrators, players and football advocates who have assisted in the development of the game in NSW. The 12 Boys were playing for the Frank Broughton Cup, the 12 Girls the Cheryl Salisbury Cup, the 21 Men’s the Robertson Cup while the All Age Men fought out for the Bill Cullinan Cup. Football South Coast’s Shellharbour Junior Football Club kicked off proceedings with a well-deserved victory against Hills Football’s Winston Hills to be awarded the Frank Broughton Cup. While in the Cheryl Salisbury Cup, North West

Sydney Women’s side Gladesville Sharks

followed

defeated Eastern Suburbs’ Maroubra United

Northern Suburbs, Hills Football, St George,

1-0 in what was a great spectacle.

Macarthur, Blacktown, Canterbury, Central

The Robertson Cup, for the third year running, saw one of Sutherland Association’s

up

with

two

victories

while

Coast and North West Sydney Women’s Associations each had teams that celebrated

most decorated teams, the Menai Hawks

a Finals victory.

21’s, defeat opponents Mt Pritchard with a

A special mention to Football South Coast’s

scorching 6-1 victory. It was to be the Hawks’ third State Title in three successive seasons, a massive feat for any grassroots club in NSW. It was Football South Coast that grabbed the plaudits on a great day for the Association as they recorded four victories in various age groups. Sutherland

Albion Park SC who picked up two victories for the club in the All Age Women and 18 Women’s categories. Major

sponsors

of

the

event,

Deploy

Football, were on hand to present various Player of the Match awards by presenting special edition footballs to players selected

Shire

Football

Association

by Football NSW journalists on the day.

STATE CUPS 2017 FINALS RESULTS 12 Girls Cheryl Salisbury Cup

Maroubra United (Eastern Suburbs) 0 - Gladesville Sharks Pink (North West Sydney Women’s) 1

12 Boys Frank Broughton Cup

Winston Hills (Hills Football) 0 - Shellharbour Junior FC (Football South Coast) 3

13 Boys

Connells Point Rovers FC 1 (St George) 0 - Castle Hill United (Hills Football) 1

14 Girls

Fernhill Junior FC (Football South Coast) 1 - Pittwater RSL FC (Manly Warringah) 0

14 Boys

St Patricks Sutherland (Sutherland) 2 - Connells Point Rovers FC (St George) 3

15 Boys

Lilli Pilli (Sutherland) 0 - Camden Tigers FC 1 (Macarthur) 2

16 Girls

Leichhardt Saints FC (Canterbury) 1 - Northbridge FC 1 (Northern Suburb) 2

16 Boys

Lourdes Football Club Inc (Blacktown) 2 - Coniston Junior SC (Football South Coast) 1

17 Boys

Earlwood Wanderers FC (Canterbury) 1 - Lilli Pilli (Sutherland) 1 Earlwood Wanderers FC won 3-1 on penalties

18 Women

Albion Park Soccer Club (Football South Coast) 1 - Gladesville Ravens (North West Sydney Women’s) 0

18 Men

Winston Hills (Hills Football) 1 - Kirrawee (Sutherland) 2

21 Men Robertson Cup

Menai (Sutherland) 6 - Mt Pritchard (Southern Districts) 1

Over 35 Men

Baulkham Hills Football Club (Hills Football) 1 - Ourimbah United FC (Central Coast) 2

All Age Women

Albion Park Soccer Club (Football South Coast) 8 - Northbridge FC (Northern Suburbs) 0

All Age Men

Northbridge FC (Northern Suburbs) 6 – Lilli Pilli 2 (Sutherland Association) 5


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FEMALE FOOTBALL WEEK

Female Football Week, in its second year as a national initiative, celebrated the immense growth of women’s football at all levels from the dominance of the Matildas on the world stage to our MiniRoos players lacing up their boots for the first time. Female Football Week (FFW) focused on providing an opportunity for football stakeholders to celebrate and recognise

existing players, coaches, referees and administrators responsible for the range of opportunities women and girls have to participate in our wonderful game. Throughout the week, approximately 14,800 participants took part in registered FFW activations nationally. Of that, Football NSW, our Associations and Clubs hosted 38% of the national FFW initiatives. Some of the activations included MiniRoos for girls Kick Off programs, Girls SAP sessions, MiniRoos gala days, come and try sessions, school’s visits, coaching/referee courses and club development workshops.

The national campaign had many official ambassadors who drove the promotion and awareness of the contribution females make to football across Australia at all levels of the game. The ambassadors included FFA CEO David Gallop, former Matilda, AFC Executive Committee Member and FFA Board Member Moya Dodd, Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic, current Westfield Matildas Kyah Simon and Michelle Heyman, former Matilda Tal Karp and Brisbane Roar FC captain and Caltex Socceroo Matt McKay. As part of the National campaign, the FFA

introduced

the

Female

Football

Week Community Awards. The awards were

established

coaches,

to

identify

administrators,

players,

referees

and

male champions who have gone above and beyond in women’s football. One of NSW’s aspiring female referees Alexandria Georgopoulous was recognised for her achievements and was awarded the winner of the national Referee award. Football NSW would like to thank and acknowledge the FFA and the Football NSW Associations and Clubs for their support of the 2017 Female Football Week initiative. We look forward to providing more opportunities for players, coaches, referees, administrators and male champions of female football in 2018.


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ALDI MINIROOS

Age groups from Under 4 to Under 11, participated in ALDI Miniroos across NSW, guided by the National ALDI Miniroos playing formats and rules.

These participants play on modified football fields relevant to the age of the players, along with playing numbers and rules to ensure an inclusive engagement and enjoyable experience. In 2017, FFA also welcomed a new naming rights partner with ALDI, who have assisted with increasing the awareness of MiniRoos nationally. Across NSW an incredible 95,000 ALDI MiniRoos participants take the field each week, showcasing their core skills that they have learnt through game-based activities that follow the FFA National curriculum. Out of this playing total, we can see an outstanding 19,327 female participants striving to become Matildas, who this year have had some great success driving female participation through the roof. Each ALDI MiniRoos team in 2017 were provided a club coordinator pack including footballs, ball carrier bags and flag poles

by our great sponsors ALDI to ensure that each game day experience was well equipped and resourced in time for the start whistle. All registered coaches in 2017 also received resources to ensure the coaches were supported when delivering organised football each weekend. Football NSW is looking forward to continuing this offer into the 2018 football season.

to engage with local clubs. Football NSW also had the opportunity to activate at some of our major football events throughout the year. HAL/WWL matches, Socceroos/ Matildas games and FFA cup fixtures gave 1,000 players from our local associations and clubs the opportunity to take park in game day activities, such as player mascots and half-time games.

In 2017 the MiniRoos Servicing Scheme was implemented as a co-operative program between Football NSW and targeted Member Associations, in the aim of providing introductory programs,Girls Only programs, accreditation processes and outlined participation targets from MiniRoos Kick Off (MKO) transition to MiniRoos Club Football.

The success of MiniRoos can be seen throughout NSW, with an increase in female players, increases in attendance and community coaching courses and the fantastic support shown each week by volunteers and referees.

Key Outcomes from our program this year include: 6 new Girls Only Programs, an increase of 57 MKO Programs across Football NSW’s jurisdiction and 384% player growth in MKO participation. MiniRoos Club Football participation grew by over 2000 participants. Football NSW took the initiative this year to activate at key association events and major ALDI Miniroos gala days, which on some days hosted up to 800 participants playing football. Our activations created a better game day experience and the opportunity

MINIROOS KICK-OFF Number of Programs - 78 (+57) Players - 1623 (+1,288) Players (Girls) - 495

MINIROOS CLUB FOOTBALL Players (Boys) - 74,736 Players (Girls) - 19,327 (+2,000) ALDI MiniRoos Teams - 10,220 approx. ALDI MiniRoos Teams (Girls) - 550

COMMUNITY ACTIVATIONS Football NSW Community Activations - (98) Anticipated engagement - (110,288)


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PS4 NPL NSW MEN’S NSW MEN’S

It was a year of surprises with APIA Leichhardt Tigers and Manly United delivering fairytale success stories to their long-suffering fans.

ingredient to the side’s spectacular season and was a deserved winner of the PS4 NPL NSW Coach of the Year Award.

APIA Leichhardt were crowned Premiers for the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competition ending a drought of 30 years for the historic club. Despite trailing Blacktown City by six points with five rounds to play, the Lambert Park side delivered an incredible run of results to clinch the title on the final day of the league season to send the APIA fans into euphoria. Tigers coach Danial Cummins was a key

However, it would be a different story on grand final day with Manly United securing the Championship after a heart stopping penalty shootout win against APIA to complete their very own fairytale finish. The boys from the Northern Beaches ended a 22 year wait for silverware with home grown goal keeper Dylan Mitchell the hero after playing the game of his life to be crowned the Robbie Slater medal winner as Grand Final man of the match. The season’s true breakout star was APIA’s Sean Symons who took out the PS4 NPL

NSW Men’s Gold Medal after a year of excellent performances leading the Tigers to Premiership glory as well as the Waratah Cup Final, PS4 NPL NSW Men’s Grand Final and the knockout stages of the Westfield FFA Cup. The Top five took an interesting twist in 2017 with competition big guns Sydney United 58 and Bonnyrigg White Eagles both missing out on finals football. Blacktown City looked on track to add to their incredible record of success after leading the competition for most of the year. However, a late season slump cost Mark Crittenden’s men dearly as they finished second after being pipped at the post by APIA. Rockdale City Suns delivered on their early season promise to finish the season in third spot with former Socceroos shot stopper Ante Covic proving to be an inspirational leader for Paul Reid’s side as he picked up the PS4 NPL NSW Men’s Goalkeeper of the year award. Sydney Olympic clinched fifth spot despite a midseason struggle, with Spanish coach Gorka Etxeberria guiding them to finals football.

UROSEVSKI

S. SYMONS

GIBBS

EVANS

MILLGATE

The prolific scoring of United 58’s Panni Nikas and Sutherland Sharks Tomohiro Kajiyama carried their sides this season with the pair sharing the Golden Boot award after scoring 13 goals. Nikas also took out the gong for goal of the season.

TASHIRO

NIKAS

PAULL

DE JONG

Hakoah Sydney City East were the Cup darlings in 2017 as they won the Waratah Cup and secured a historic clash with Melbourne City in the Westfield FFA Cup, but they couldn’t carry that form through to the regular season as they finished in eighth.

STAMATELLIS

COVIC

COACH: CUMMINS

Sydney FC had a respectable first season in the NSW top flight finishing the season in 11th.

SUBS

OUGHTRED

RICCIUTO

AN

Despite their efforts it wasn’t enough to bring finals football to Edensor Park or Seymour Shaw, while Wollongong Wolves were also unlucky to not make the dash for silverware after an incredible winning streak to close out their campaign.

MALLIA

SEKIYA

PASFIELD

It was a sad season for historic side Parramatta FC who were relegated from the PS4 NPL NSW Mens competition after finishing at the foot of the Club Championship ladder, two years after first earning promotion to the top flight.


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Unforgettable moments


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PS4 NPL 2 NSW MEN’S 2 NSW MEN’S

2017 was definitely the Year of the Stallion as Marconi proved to be the best team in PlayStation4 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW by a country mile.

After winning the Premiership by a remarkable 18 points, followed by the Club Championship, Peter Tsekenis’s Stallions capped the perfect season with a comprehensive 5-1 Grand Final victory over Mt Druitt Town Rangers. Golden Boot winner (and Grand Final Man of the Match) Sean Rooney grabbed a double, including a brilliant volley; while Mirjan Pavlovic, Judah Cleur and Marko Jesic netted one each. Daniel Rezo scored a late penalty for Rangers. After some inconsistency early in their campaign, Marconi replaced coach Tony Candy with former Olyroo and experienced NSL midfielder Peter Tsekenis, a change that proved to be significant. Tsekenis managed to harness the egos that came with the most talented group of players in the competition. A group that, despite boasting former Socceroo Michael Beauchamp and a few ex-A Leaguers such as Rooney, Pavlovic, Jesic and skipper Christopher Nunes, could be brilliant one week but ordinary the next. Tsekenis’s arrival saw the Stallions develop into a completely different beast. Marconi may have run away with the spoils, but the battle for the other five playoff spots was, for many, the highlight of the season. Indeed, no less than seven teams remained in contention for the semi-final mix going into the final round of competition. Even ninth-placed Spirit FC had a mathematical chance of sneaking into the playoffs, a remarkable scenario to end the season. But 2017 was that kind of a year. Several teams had their moments. Second-placed St George thrived under new coach Terry Palapanis, and with the dynamic duo of midfielder Bruno Pivato and Spanish striker Juan Carlos Romero leading the way, Saints were a force to be reckoned with. So too Mt Druitt. A very young side with a couple of experienced boys in their line-

up, Aidan Desmond’s team cruised into the Grand Final unbeaten after nine rounds. Luke Grima, Lachlan Roberts and Daniel Rezo led the way in a potent front third, and defenders Matthew Clowes and Nick Trimble formed the nucleus of a robust backline. Their work ethic and team unity saw Rangers reach their first-ever NPL 2 NSW Men’s Grand Final. Meanwhile, Joe Haywood’s North Shore Mariners’ direct, physical approach frustrated many, including Marconi, who not only suffered a four-goal humbling at

INDEED, NO LESS THAN SEVEN TEAMS REMAINED IN CONTENTION FOR THE SEMI-FINAL MIX GOING INTO THE FINAL ROUND OF COMPETITION Northbridge; but were fortunate to escape with a 2-1 nail biter in the semis. Northern Tigers and Central Coast Mariners completed the finals mix and they too enjoyed some sterling moments during the season, playing some scintillating football, but struggling to finish in front of goal. Perennial contenders Bankstown City Lions were the most disappointing team in 2017, with an off-season exodus and off-field dramas ending in relegation to NPL 3 NSW Men’s; while Western Sydney Wanderers also underachieved big time, missing out on the finals and playing nowhere near their full potential. Meanwhile, Mounties Wanderers, Bankstown Berries, Spirit FC, Macarthur Rams, Blacktown Spartans and Hills United all derived some positives out of the season and while they didn’t make the finals, each of them will be looking for some improvement in what is shaping as an interesting 2018.


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PS4 NPL 3 NSW MEN’S 3 NSW MEN’S

The PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 3 NSW Men’s competition was once again a pulsating mix of action and excitement as the 2017 edition finished with a final round tussle, and a Grand Final that kept fans on the edge of their seat.

FRASER PARK FC CONTINUED TO PROBE FOR THE EQUALISER, CRASHING SEVERAL EFFORTS AGAINST THE WOODWORK

Rydalmere Lions FC were crowned Premiers in a close race. The Lions pipped Jason Culina’s Fraser Park FC to the Premiership, gathering 67 points compared to the runners-up 65. Tony Basha’s Lions trampled the league, scoring 95 goals across their 26 regular season games. Rounding out the rest of the final spots, were St George FA, Dulwich Hill FC and SD Raiders FC, the latter making the finals in their maiden voyage in the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 3 NSW Men’s competition. In a highly competitive competition, both Gladesville Ryde Magic and Hawkesbury City FC finished tied on 39 points, just outside the finals. The rest of the league that included Sydney University SFC, Dunbar Rovers FC, Stanmore Hawks FC, Granville Rage, Western NSW Mariners FC, Inter Lions and Balmain Tigers FC all followed the front runners in their respective positions. Fraser Park FC got a measure of revenge in the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 3 Men’s Grand Final, triumphing 2-1 in extra-time, over Rydalmere Lions FC on a

steamy afternoon at Sydney United Sports Centre. After a goalless first half, it was left to Lions sharpshooter Amaury Gauthier who fired home in the 50th minute. Fraser Park FC continued to probe for the equaliser, crashing several efforts against the woodwork – their agony turned to ecstasy in the 82nd minute. Goncalo Paradanta rifled a 20 metre effort underneath the Lions keeper to send it to extra-time. In extra-time, Fraser Park struck the decisive blow from the spot. Michael Gaitatzis stepped up and sent the trophy to Fraser Park with a 2-1 final scoreline. After such a successful season, it was no surprise that Rydalmere Lions FC scooped a majority of the end of season awards, kicking off with the Club Championship. Striker Amaury Gauthier picked up two gongs. He took out the Golden Boot, with an impressive 32 goals this season alongside the major award, Player of the Season. Tony Basha was named Coach of the Year and Dulwich Hill FC’s Michael Frost took the Goalkeeper of the Year award.


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STATE LEAGUE MEN’S STATE LEAGUE

A quick glance at the Chinese calendar would tell you that 2017 was the year of the Rooster.

But in the Men’s State League competition, 2017 belonged to a very different animal.

points against Prospect and Hurstville City

The Camden Tigers roared their way to Grand Final glory with a thrilling 4-2 extratime win over rivals Bankstown - who had finished top of the league after the regular season.

Prospect

Not satisfied with their Grand Final triumph, Camden marched on to collect the Club Championship, earning promotion to the 2018 PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 3 NSW Men’s competition.

FANS OF THE MEN’S STATE LEAGUE COMPETITION WERE REMINDED IN 2017 JUST WHY THIS LEAGUE IS HELD IN SUCH HIGH REGARD BY FOOTBALL LOVERS AND PLAYERS ALIKE

Minotaurs to fall out of the finals’ race. United

and

Hurstville

City

Minotaurs showed glimpses of quality through the year but failed to deliver consistent

performances,

ultimately

chalking 2017 down as a year of mid table mediocrity. The

three

remaining

teams,

Western

Condors, FC Gazy and Wagga Wanderers, will all want to forget 2017 and will no doubt be keen to make amends in the 2018

Camden were pushed all the way in their pursuit of promotion by Bankstown and, most notably, Nepean FC.

campaign.

The mountain men enjoyed a much improved 2017, finishing 3rd in the league standings, three places and seven points above their 2016 performance.

is held in such high regard by football

Rounding off the top four was Hurstville FC, who snuck into the top four with a Houdinitype effort ahead of UNSW.

Fans of the Men’s State League competition were reminded in 2017 just why this league lovers and players alike; electrifying action, unbelievable goals, clashes at the top and bottom of the table, and heart-stopping drama. 2017 has been one to remember. Awards wise, Jayden Russell raced away

UNSW occupied a spot inside the top four for large parts of the season, thanks to their incredible 8-match winning streak in the middle of the year.

with the Golden Boot scoring 25 goals while

However the wobbles well and truly set in late in the season, dropping crucial

though who was given the top honor as the

his manager Dean Bradley clinched Coach of the Year. The night belonged to Masudi Elongo Player of the Year.


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PS4 NPL NSW WOMEN’S NSW WOMEN’S

As we’ve gotten used to over the years, it was another nailbiting season in the Women’s NPL top tier competition in 2017.

The fight for the Premiership was intense and was battled between four teams from start to finish.

It was an epic match as a Remy Siemsen hattrick led United to a remarkable 4-3 victory over the Rams.

2016 Champions, Sydney University finished in fourth place, the Illawarra Stingrays came in at third, Manly United were runners up while Norm Boardman’s Macarthur Rams took out the Premiership.

It was no surprise then, when Manly United almost made a clean sweep at the Gold Medal dinner.

The North Shore Mariners finished in fifth but were closely followed by the NWS Koalas, Blacktown Spartans and Football NSW Institute.

IT WAS NO SURPRISE THEN WHEN MANLY UNITED ALMOST MADE A CLEAN SWEEP AT THE GOLD MEDAL DINNER

There was a fight to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon but that fell in the hands of the Emerging Jets while the Northern Tigers finished just ahead of them. The Rams moved into the playoffs with hopes of finally taking out the Championship that has eluded them over the years. But their wait would continue as Chris Williams’ Manly United deservedly took the Grand Final.

Williams was awarded the Coach of the Year award while the incredible Remy Siemsen took out both the Golden Boot and Player of the Year awards. Shamiran Khamis had an outstanding season and was deservedly named Goalkeeper of the Year. Despite not having their best year in the First Grade competition, the North West Sydney Koalas were crowned Club Championship winners. After a fantastic 2017 season, the Sutherland Shire FA make their return to the top tier women’s competition along with the Bankstown City Lions who were promoted from NPL 2.


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PS4 NPL 2 NSW WOMEN’S 2 NSW WOMEN’S

The PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s competition once again showcased the tremendous quality, as 2017 finished with both the Premiership and Championship, headed in different trophy cases.

Sydney Olympic FC swept all before them in the regular season. The Blues finished up on an impressive 43 points from 18 games, a tribute to their coach George Boulous and his squad. Their nearest challenge came from Sutherland Shire FA, nine points back. Bankstown City Lions and Nepean FC rounded out a tight top four. The rest of the table finished with Marconi Stallions, Central Coast Mariners, Southern Branch FC, Inter Lions and Gladesville Ravens in order. Much like the tight regular season, the finals series followed the same script. Sydney Olympic FC took on Bankstown City Lions in the decider, with the Lions prevailing in a tough contest. It was a single penalty from striker Joanna Martino that separated the two quality outfits.

MUCH LIKE THE TIGHT REGULAR SEASON, THE FINALS SERIES FOLLOWED THE SAME SCRIPT

Their victory in the Grand Final sent Bankstown City Lions in the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues top tier Womens alongside Sutherland Shire FA, who were promoted due to their dominance in the Club Championship. There were a series of worthy award winners to celebrate the 2017 season. Madelaine Costanzo was the sharpshooter of the

National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s with her 19 goals across the season for Sydney Olympic FC. The Olympic theme continued as Chloe Avgoustou took out Goalkeeper of the Year and Kate Halaska took out the major gong of Player of the Year. Lastly, Central Coast Mariners coach Mark Yule took the Coach of the Year and Southern Branch FC were fair-play winners.


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STATE LEAGUE WOMEN’S STATE LEAGUE

The Women’s State League again produced an exciting and intriguing competition in 2017. APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC finished as Premiers in dominant style as they finished 13 points clear of second placed SD Raiders FC. The race for the finals though was highly competitive as only four points separated second from fifth. University of NSW claimed third spot, while St George FC finished fourth and in the process grabbed the last semi final spot as they finished a point ahead of a fast finishing Western NSW Mariners FC in fifth.

Mt Druitt Town Rangers finished the year in sixth while Parramatta claimed the unwanted wooden spoon as they rounded out the 7-team competition. APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC were looking to claim an unprecedented clean sweep of Premiers, Club Championship and Championship Winners. In what was a highly successful year for APIA they were able to claim two of these three achievements as the club successfully earned promotion to the National Premier League 2 NSW Women’s for season 2018 while also claiming the Premiership. SD Raiders FC though proved a tough

opponent in the Grand Final and defeated APIA 1-0 to finish their season on a high. The end of season awards saw the major honours shared as Yadira Rengifo from University of NSW finished as the Golden Boot Winner with her impressive haul of 22 Goals. The St George FC club claimed 2 awards as Peta Koinis was named Goalkeeper of the year while head coach Carlo Tini was named coach of the year. Teegan Courtney of Western NSW Mariners FC claimed the major award of the night as she was named State League Women’s player of the year.


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WARATAH CUP

WARATAH Cup

WARATAH Cup

Hakoah Sydney City East pulled off a historic upset to take out the 2017 Waratah Cup with a 3-1 win against APIA Leichhardt Tigers at Lambert Park.

were regularly left exposed in defence. Hakoah shot stopper Anthony Bouzanis was called into action in the 29th minute when a rasping shot from Tasuku Sekiya was parried away with a diving save from the custodian. APIA’s attack finally found pay-dirt five minutes from the half time interval.

The Eastern Suburbs side took the lead from the penalty spot after only six minutes before hitting the back of the net twice in the second half to secure the club’s first state cup title. Lee Jones’ early goal from the spot set the tone for the match, but APIA managed to fight their way back into the contest when Josh Symons equalised on the cusp of halftime. The second-half was finely balanced until a counter attacking sucker punch from Andre de Jong and talismanic striker Neil Jablonski put Hakoah up with only ten minutes left to play. APIA battled gallantly to fight their way back into the match but a goal from Harry Jones wrapped up the watershed result for Hakoah. Right from the opening whistle Hakoah took the match to APIA. The fast start caught APIA on the back foot and they soon paid the price. A lofted through ball to caught APIA’s defence off striker was felled by Luke box with referee pointing spot.

Andre de Jong guard, but the Turnbull in the to the penalty

Lee Jones stepped up to smash the ball into the top right corner to give Hakoah a 1-0 lead after only six minutes. The goal spured APIA into action and they were unlucky not to level the scores only moments later when a Jordan Murray header went narrowly wide. APIA was desperately pushing for an equaliser but Hakoah was happy to sit deep and fire back on the counter. The Tigers were creating chances but they

A slick one-two move at the edge of the penalty area put Symons into space and he didn’t miss his chance by burying the ball into the back of the net to equalise. Locked at 1-1 after 45 minutes the match balanced on a knives edge. APIA controlled possession early in the second stanza and had the best of the opening chances.

Jablonski at the edge of the box to blast into the back of the net and give Hakoah a 2-1 lead. Hakoah put the result beyond doubt in added time when Jones chipped Turnbull to make it 3-1 and secure a historic victory for the club. The smile couldn’t be wiped from the face of Hakoah’s player coach Gavin Rae. “It’s an absolutely incredible result today for the players, the team and the club,” Rae said. “We came into the match as underdogs but the boys showed their ability and hard work to get us an amazing win.” “This is one the club is not going to forget anytime soon.”

In the 74th minute APIA survived a defensive scare when Corey Bizco was forced to clear off his own line.

A sombre APIA coach Danial Cummins rued what should’ve have been a vastly different outcome for his side.

However, the Tigers paid the price only moments later when they were caught out by a Hakoah sucker punch.

“It was the same story for us again. We created enough opportunities but there were key moments in the game when we let it slip,” he said.

Collecting the ball in his own half, De Jong made a marauding run through midfield beating players with ease before releasing

“In matches like this you need to take your chances and Hakoah did and we didn’t.”


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WESTFIELD FFA CUP

It was a huge year for NSW as Australia’s biggest Member Federation had six representatives (an amazing stat in two successive seasons) take part in the 2017 Westfield FFA Cup which included Blacktown City, Sydney United 58 FC, APIA Leichhardt Tigers, Hakoah Sydney City East, Bankstown Berries and Hills United all take part.

The Round of 32 draw saw five of our

side Hakoah Sydney City East ran out 6-3

six NSW teams progress to the Round of

winners over NPL 2 NSW Men’s club Hills

16 with some amazing results but none

United.

more so than Blacktown City FC’s historic 3-2 victory over Hyundai A-League outfit Central Coast Mariners at Lily Homes Stadium. Goals from Giorgio Speranza and a double by Joey Gibbs, his last the winner, in the dying stages of the match all but gifted Mark Crittenden’s side a valuable

The Round of 16 was a little trickier with some huge ties set as reigning Hyundai A-League Champions proved a mountain too hard to climb for a courageous NPL 2 NSW Men’s side in Bankstown Berries as they lost 3-0 to Graham Arnold’s men.

victory.

The Sky Blues would later go on to win

Sydney United 58 were too hot to handle as

news for Berries player manager Perry

they decimated FNQ FC Heat 7-2 at home while APIA Leichhardt Tigers also showed its class smashing five past Tasmanian NPL top tier outfit Olympia FC. There was also a memorable win for NPL 2 NSW Men’s side Bankstown Berries who defeated South Australian top tier club

the Westfield FFA Cup so it wasn’t all bad Moustakas. The same was said for Gavin Rae’s men at Leichhardt Oval when Tim Cahill and co from Melbourne City edged out Hakoah Sydney City East 3-2 in a nail-biter of a match.

MetroStars 2-1 while in an all NSW battle

It was a heart stopping match at Edensor

at Lily Homes Stadium, NPL NSW Men’s

Park in an all NPL affair between two


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ONCE AGAIN, CRITTENDEN’S MEN PULLED UP A HUGE FIGHT AS THEY WERE DEALT WITH A DREAM TIE AGAINST THE WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS THAT HAD ‘A WESTERN SYDNEY DERBY’ WRITTEN ALL OVER IT former NSL giants in Sydney United 58 and Heidelberg United as the Melbournians took out the match in penalties 4-3 after the game finished at 1-1. Blacktown City however remained the sole representative for Football NSW in the quarter-final stages as they defeated APIA Leichhardt Tigers 3-1 in a titanic battle between both teams pushing for silverware in 2017. Once again, Crittenden’s men pulled up a huge fight as they were dealt with a dream tie against the Western Sydney Wanderers that had ‘a Western Sydney derby’ written all over it. The game lived up to its expectations as Blacktown City pushed the Wanderers to the limit recording an incredible 2-2 full time draw with the game heading to a penalty shootout. It was there the Hyundai A-League side got the better of the unlucky Blacktown City boys as they played out a 4-2 win on penalty shootouts which all but ended all of Football NSW’s clubs from the prestigious FFA Cup competition.


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FOOTBALL4ALL Around the grounds

What a year 2017 was for our football4all programs and all their players. This year reached 30 approved program providers that delivered regular footballing opportunities for players with disabilities, up from 25 in 2016. Each of these club programs offered a unique opportunity for players and their families to enjoy football in an inclusive, fun and safe in local football communities.

Footbll4all Gala Day The football4all Gala Day continues to break records as it was treated with over 400 participants enjoying football at the ninth annual NOVA Employment football4all Gala Day on Sunday July 25th at Valentine Sports Park. It was a festival like atmosphere with over 40 teams participating in small-sided games, off-field activities, celebrations and lunch put together by NOVA Employment. Plenty of special guests attended the day including Emma Husar, Federal Member for Lindsay, Kevin Connolly, State Member for Riverstone,

“Football4all was a great event to kick off my time at Football NSW and I was extremely pleased that I had the opportunity to experience this event in my first week.” “The reaction of the children and their parents showed the tremendous value of this event.” “The experience of playing football will mean so much to them and will benefit them well beyond the sporting field.” “Football NSW is committed to supporting opportunity for people with disabilities to participate in football as players, coaches, referees or administrators and we are committed to developing an environment where accessibility and diversity are valued and nurtured.”

THE REACTION OF THE CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS SHOWED THE TREMENDOUS VALUE OF THIS EVENT

Stephen Bali, Mayor of Blacktown and player appearances from Pararoos (Ben Atkins, Ben Sutton and Taj Lynch) and Westfield Matildas star Kyah Simon. There were also player appearances from Hyundai A-League clubs Western Sydney Wanderers (Jumpei Kusukami, John Hall, Jacob Melling) and Central Coast Mariners player Adam Berry who handed out medals and showbags to congratulate participants. The popular off-field activates were in full use as Western Sydney Wanderers activations, ALDI MiniRoos shoot out and the Spiderman Jumping castle were occupied by players all day. The Socceroos Mascot ‘Maloo’ also made a guest appearance giving high fives and posing for snaps with teams. Newly appointed Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge attended the Gala Day in his first week and was amazed by the fantastic event that took place at the ‘Home of Football’.

“NOVA Employment Football4all is a fantastic initiative which Football NSW will continue to grow and develop for years to come.” A big thank you to NOVA Employment who raised over $900 towards the Pararoos National Team and Sony PlayStation who gave away a PlayStation 4 prize. Balmain and District FC, Blue Mountains Kangaroos, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, FootballConnect Capital Football, Hills Knights Kickaroos, Kellyville SC ‘Super Soccer’, Kings Langley Open Goals, Macarthur Magic Special Needs FC, Marrickville FC ‘Flaming Devils’, Mt Druitt Town Rangers Futsal Club, Nepean Football Dragons, North Rocks Rockerballers, NWSWF PINK football4all, Randwick City FC ‘Purple Hearts’, Rouse Hills Rams football4all, Snapp-a-roos, St Ives FC, Sutherland Titans FC, Wagga Wagga Football4all, West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook FC and individuals all took part

Kyah SImon

in the momentous event. Football NSW’s Community Game Development Office and Gala Day Event Organiser Demelza Howard was extremely pleased with how the Gala Day unfolded. “This year’s Gala Day grew once again from 2016, showing the strength of growth in inclusion football that plays a special role in ‘the world game’. It was great to see many participants scoring goals and enjoying a day full of football especially the teams that travelled from ACT and Wagga Wagga”. “I would like to thank all the team coordinators and volunteers for their endless passion and time given in providing football opportunities for all participants.” Powerchair Football were also in attendance for the fifth successive year with over 40 players who showed off their talents on the day. Junior and senior matches in the NSW Powerchair Football League took shape across the day as Western Sydney Wanderers clashed with Central Coast Mariners whilst Sydney FC took on the Newcastle Jets Football NSW wishes to thank all the clubs, associations, staff and volunteers who were involved in making the day such a success and would like to especially congratulate all the participants, coaches and family members for their inspirational support for the 2017 NOVA Employment Football4all Gala Day.


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NATIONS OF ORIGIN

July 14th saw the 2017 Nations of Origin Football 5’s kick off at Lake Macquarie Football Facility, home of Northern NSW, with 8 different nations participating in both the girls and boys competitions.

The 2017 Nations of Origins Championship

indigenous kids to enjoy regular exercise

is a program run by PCYC (Police Citizens

and be apart of the football community.

Youth Club) since 2012 and has since grown

The event, which culminates during NAIDOC

into one of the largest events for Aboriginal

Week, uses Sport to address areas such

Youths in NSW. Nations of Origin Football

as

is a joint initiative between PCYC, Northern

identity and increasing school attendance.

NSW and Football NSW and enables young

The tournament is designed to promote

education,

reconciliation

reconciliation,

within

cultural

communities

by

engaging Indigenous, Torres Strait Islander and people from non-indigenous heritage to come together and celebrate through sport. This year the football tournament for indigenous and Torres strait islander and non- indigenous players had 10 boys teams and 8 girls teams participate. Congratulations to the Awabakal teams who took out the championship in both the girls and boys.

COMPETING NATIONS • Awabakal • Biripi • Dunghutti • Tharawal • Wiradjuri Platypus • Wonnarua • Worimi


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NATIONAL INDIGENOUS FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2017 National Indigenous Football Championships (NIFC) took place in early November at Ison Park in Nowra for a second consecutive year hosting the best footballers from around the country.

A Day before NIFC kicked off over 100 students from schools nearby including Nowra Public School, St Michael’s Catholic Primary School, Nowra East Public School, Jervis Bay Public School and Culburra Public School were put through their paces at the first ever ALDI Miniroos Kick-off program. Students put their skills to the test in the morning with six different stations where players performed and learnt new skills while the day finished off with small sided

THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE ABOUT SHOWCASING SPORTING ABILITIES OF INDIGENOUS PLAYERS AND CREATING A FUTURE PATHWAY FOR INDIGENOUS KIDS AND YOUTHS

games. Football NSW would like to thank the local schools,

Shoalhaven

District

Football

Association and Wreck Bay Football Club for all their efforts in helping putting the day together. The

National

Indigenous

Football

Championships were a spectacle of talent, with the likes of ex-Hyundai A-League player James Brown and up and coming star Shadeene Evans joining the championships. The Men’s final was a rematch of last year with a State of Origin NSW v Queensland, however

this

year

Eora

United

were

victorious to take the championship through a penalty awarded in the first half against the Warrigal Dingoes. The Women’s final was filled with plenty of

goals with the defending champions Illawarra Bungarra’s edging past the Newcastle All Stars in a tight match up ending 4-3. Teams travelled from Dubbo, Mt Isa, Tamworth, Lismore and even Cape York to play in the national championships that continues to grow each year. The first indigenous footballer to play for the Australian national team John Moriarty attended the championships to enjoy the spectacle of talent on show. The National indigenous football championships are about showcasing sporting abilities of indigenous players and creating a future pathway for indigenous kids and youths. It also promotes healthy lifestyles, no alcohol or drugs, importance of education, cultural awareness and integration and respect on and off the field. This year involved a clinic for Under 12 boys and girls with Western Sydney Wanderers. Football NSW would like to congratulate all NSW teams who competed in the tournament, Bernie Mcleod and the Wreck Bay Sharks Football club and Shoalhaven Football Association for putting on a wonderful tournament for a second consecutive year.


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NATIONAL PARALYMPIC 7-A-SIDE

2017 was a fantastic year for Paralympic 7-a-side football from grassroots all the way to the national team with Pararoos finishing 10th in the IFCPF World Championships in September.

Valentine Sports Park hosted the second consecutive National Paralympic 7-a-side Football Championships from 23rd to 26th November with ACT, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia all competing for the National Title. Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge looked forward to seeing the talent on show in the memorable week of Paralympic football. “This tournament brings together an opportunity for people with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury and symptoms relating to stroke to enjoy what will be a brilliant few days of football with family and friends.” “Football NSW is proud to be hosting such an event and praises all parties involved for their generous and willing contribution to the tournament.”

The NSW 7-a-side Paralympic State team won their ninth successive national title in beating staunch rivals Victoria 1-0 in a narrow Grand Final victory in front of a full house at Valentine Sports Park. Ian Menzies’ men having drawn 1-1 and beaten Victoria 7-3 in the round games,

standard of these Championships. “You could tell that year upon year, the

standard

championships

improves showcased

and that.

these Our

boys never gave and were rewarded their thirteenth national title win.”

were looking to cement their dominance

Football NSW would like to thank the

in the Championship with a gold medal

tournament staff, Spot on Video and Tony

win. The final was full of action as Victoria

Tannous for live streaming the final as well

almost snatched the lead when Pararoos

as the NSW Government and its valued

striker Ben Roche was given a golden opportunity to open the scoring when he went one on one with NSW keeper Ben Sutton – but the attacker failed to finish slowly

the National Paralympic 7-A-Side Football Championships. This year also saw the introduction of the

off the chance. NSW

sponsors who threw its support behind

peppered

the

Victorian

backline but it was current Pararoos star Ben Atkins who hit a fantastic 25-metre left

first ever NSW Junior Paralympic Football Program held at Valentine Sports Park to give young girls and boys the opportunity

foot power driver that settled the match in

to play with similar kids, enjoy new skills

favour of the Sky Blues outfit.

while enjoying the game they love.

NSW captain Chris Pyne paid tribute to his

7-a-side Paralympic Football is for anyone

squad and stated that the Championships

with Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain Injury

continued to develop and prosper with

or Stroke related symptoms. Football NSW

fantastic action on display at Valentine

would like to thank Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Sports Park.

and Cerebral Palsy Sporting and Recreation

“It’s been a tough four days with the

Association (CPSARA) for providing young

other states continuously getting stronger

footballers with the opportunity to play the

with plenty of youth stars pushing up the

world game.


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POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL

Powerchair in Australia continues to make waves with the exciting game continuously growing to be one of the fastest growing sport for wheelchair users.

This year the Australian Poweroos played in the 2017 FIPFA (Federation Internationale de Powerchair Football Association) World Cup in Florida, USA finishing an impressive fourth place. A huge congratulations to our NSW squad star player Abdullah Karim who took home the 2017 Powerchair Football World Cup MVP Award being recognised as the best player in the world. The best players in Australia all came to Kevin Betts Stadium, Mt Druitt in October for the 2017 National Powerchair Football Championships . The national championships was opened with Powerchair Football Global Ambassador Rale Rasic and the Honourable Ray Williams MP both in attendance to address the Powerchair Football community and the national team’s success.

POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL IS MORE THAN JUST A GAME FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Rale Rasic looked forward to seeing both Australian and New Zealand talent from all ages in the 2017 tournament. “This week will display the skills of athletes from around Australia and New Zealand, it is always a pleasure to see these athletes showing that anything is possible, regardless of the hurdles they have to overcome. These athletes prove that our beautiful game is for everyone.”

NSW looked to take the title off last year’s winners Queensland however Queensland were awarded back to back champions of Australia in a hard-fought championship game. Queensland found themselves down 3-1 with less than 10 minutes remaining however the champions found a final burst of energy and levelled the scores before taking control in extra time. Powerchair Football is more than just a game for people with disabilities, it brings people and the families into a world full of friendships, competitive rivalries, memories and success stories.

THE 2017 NEW SOUTH WALES POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL SQUAD: Dimitri Liolio-Davis (Newcastle Jets)* James Kim (Newcastle Jets) Jacob Cross (Western Sydney Wanderers) Chris Suffield (Central Coast Mariners)* Andrew Kim (Sydney FC) Abdullah Karim (Western Sydney Wanderers)* Jordan Crane (Sydney FC)* Chris Turnbull (Central Coast Mariners)* COACH: Peter Turnbull ASST. COACH: Robbie Wright *Selected in the Australian Poweroos for the 2017 FIPFA World Cup


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summer football

champion of champions

SUMMER FOOTBALL summer football

champion of champions

Walking Football

Thanks to the efforts of all stakeholders, from Associations, Branches, Community and NPL clubs and Referees, the 2016/17 Summer Football season was the largest on record. This year we experienced significant growth in Summer Football Participation. Player numbers increased by over 16%, from 32,656 to 37,987 in 2016/17. The 2016/17 Summer Football program aimed to improve and increase the additional support to the Football Associations and clubs that hosted competitions. The initiatives included a comprehensive marketing package, registration campaign and a flexible approach to the resource support accessible by competition hosts (i.e. equipment and referee fee rebates). Once again 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.

Increase in affiliated Summer Football Centres There was a total of 89 Summer Football centres in the 2016/17 season. This represents a sharp increase in host centres from the previous season, cultivating in the largest (both participant and centre numbers) Summer Football season to date. The majority of competitions were delivered by Grassroots Clubs (65 of the 90). 2016/17 Season included 4 additional Regional centres comprising of 26% of all Summer Football centres were located within regional branches. were located in metropolitan areas of Sydney.

Marketing Feedback regarding the marketing collateral provided by Football NSW was extremely positive. The timing of marketing was well executed and created more awareness of competitions earlier than before. Emails and text messaging sent to players located within a competitions association allowed local players to be aware of where their local summer football competition was being hosted. The Summer Football website experienced circa 112,636 (January 2016 - May 2017) views during the 2016/17 season, up 31,206 views from the previous year. The Summer Football promotional video had a reach of 63,000 views across social media platforms.

Consumer Feedback - Why Play Summer Football

Champion of Champions

• playing with friends, • health and fitness, and • love of the game. During the 2016/17 Season, over 11000 participants who don’t usually play during the winter season registered to participate in Summer Football (representing nearly 30% of the participation base. This represents a strong engagement opportunity with a new playing market. The strong participation outcomes from 2016/17 look set to continue with over 45,000 players currently registered for the 2017/18 season which is still ongoing as well as a number of new social football opportunities being delivered by affiliated centres such as introductory programs and walking football.

TOTAL GENDER BREAKDOWN

It is important to recognise the reason why people play Summer Football.

FEMALE 10,343 (27.23%)

The most recent participant survey outlined the top three responses as to why people play Summer Football;

2015/16 Players

2016/17 Players

32,656

37,987

MALE 27,644 (72.77%)


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Why host Summer Football

TOTAL JUNIOR/SENIOR BREAKDOWN SENIOR 15,215 (40.05%)

JUNIOR 22,772 (59.95%)

Players with Winter Registrations

26,571 Players without Winter Registrations

11,416 NOT REG TO WINTER AND REG TO WINTER NOT REGISTERED TO WINTER 11,416 (30.62%)

REG TO WINTER 25,861 (69.38%)


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FUTSAL COMPETITIONS Another fantastic year of Futsal was experienced in NSW as three amazing SELECT Premier and State League seasons culminated in glittering grand final days at Valentine Sports Park.

SELECT Futsal Premier League It was a hearty congratulations to Inner West Magic after they wrapped up yet another Premier League club Championship – Magic’s eighth in 10 seasons – with eight of nine teams holding top-two positions including first-place finishes in Open Men’s, 17 Girls, 15 Girls and 14 Boys. Second-placed Mascot Vipers claimed the Open Women, 16 Boys and 12 Boys Premierships, Dural Warriors topped Youth Men, while Mountain Majik were named 13 Girls Premiers. As usual, grand final day offered its usual dramatics, especially a salivating Open Men’s contest where Inner West came from behind to win 4-2 and snap Dural’s five-year dominance, but it was heart-stopping stuff throughout as eight finals were decided by two goals or less. Double-trophies went Mascot’s way in Open Women’s and 16 Boys, and to Inner West in the 17 and 15 Girls divisions, while Mountain Majik 13 Girls also picked up a PremiershipChampionship double. But there were several upsets as Majik turned the tables on Youth Men premiers Dural, the Warriors doing the same with a last-minute goal denying 14 Boys top-dogs Inner West, and Magic lifted the 12 Boys trophy over Enfield after first-placed Mascot had missed the final.

SELECT Futsal Premier League 2 Campbelltown City Quake made thrift work of their Premier League relegation to claim the Premier League 2 Club Championship handsomely, finishing 22 points ahead of Eastern Suburbs Hakoah and led by a dominant Open Men’s performance that saw them score 102 goals, ahead of secondplaced Raiders by 11 points.

Women’s and Youth Men after Raiders had taken out the 17 Girls double and Eastern Suburbs upset 16 Boys Premiers Sydney City Eagles. The 15 Girls Premiers Phoenix Futsal Club pipped Quake 2-1 in extra-time, 14 Boys Premiers Eastern Suburbs finished off their double, as did 13 Girls Premiers Campbelltown who survived a rearguard from Sydney City to win 3-2, but it was hats off to Phoenix 12 Boys who finished fourth and then bamboozled their way to a thrilling 6-5 extra-time Championship win.

AS USUAL, GRAND FINAL DAY OFFERED ITS USUAL DRAMATICS Futsal State League An across-the-board display helped Central Coast claim the Futsal State League Club Championship, finishing first in Open Women, Youth Men, 16 Boys, 14 Boys and 12 Boys to head off International Futsal School FC (IFS FC) (who won the 17, 15 and 13 Girls Premierships, the latter scoring a remarkable 155 goals in 14 matches), while SD Raiders were unstoppable in picking up the Open Men’s double. Grand Final day followed suit as all five Central Coast Premiers won their titles plus picked up the 17 Girls trophy to make it six from nine Championships on the day, IFS FC winning the 15 and 13 Girls grades, while SD Raiders put on a stirring late comeback to snatch the Open Men’s title from Parramatta Pumas following a 7-6 extra-time win.

AWD 1 & 2

It was a stellar season for Quake who claimed five premierships (Open Men, Open Women, Youth Men, 13 Girls and 12 Boys) and had seven teams make grand final day.

AWD dished up their usual dose of excitement but it was an invincible division one display from South Coast Taipans who were unbeaten through the season and defeated a gallant Mountain Majik 5-2 in an entertaining grand final spectacle.

Championship day was a treat as Campbelltown edged Raiders 7-6 in an epic Open Men’s finale, Quake also winning Open

Raiders caused a division two upset when they defeated Premiers Phoenix 5-2 in the decider.


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NATIONAL FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIPS The FFA National Futsal Championships once again delivered on its healthy dose of action, talent and glory as teams from across Australia gathered at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre to decide the country’s champions.

NSW Metro Thunder stole the show with a remarkable nine titles, NSW Metro Lightning and Solomon Islands grabbing a trophy each while Newcastle Jets won the Powerchair Championship. NSW Metro Thunder were simply dazzling in an 8-1 romp over NSW Metro Lightning to secure the U19 Men’s title. Lightning led early through Dion Sterjovski but Thunder’s response was deafening, Matthew Mazevski volleying home an equaliser before Samuel De Oliveira and Jordan Pyne strikes put them 3-1 up at the changeover. Lightning couldn’t contain Thunder’s slick teamwork and further goals to Anthony Haddad, Mazevski, keeper Conor Irwin, Harrison Bagot and Haddad again sealed an emphatic win. NSW Metro Thunder broke NSW Metro Lightning hearts with a buzzer-beating goal that won the U19 Women’s final 1-0. Lightning played the entire match with a fifth-man following the sending off of their goalkeeper in the semi-finals but they kept it tight. Thunder’s Rhianna Pollicina went close in the second term with a powerful shot that cannoned off the crossbar and a frenetic final minute saw Lightning’s three-on-one break spoiled by Tahlor Thackray, who then launched a long ball forward for Pollicina to somehow squeeze into goal with two seconds on the clock. NSW Metro Thunder beat NSW Metro Lightning 2-0 in a seesawing U17 Girls affair. Georgia Koutzoumis broke the deadlock three minutes from halftime slotting away a penalty following Lightning’s sixth foul, and Thunder keeper Ellessia Rinaldi was the second-half hero as she made a series of crucial saves before Danika Matos sealed victory a minute from the end. In one of the games of the day, NSW Metro Thunder pipped South Australia by a goal in the dying moments of a riveting U16 Boys final. Thunder found SA keeper Nicholas Scalzi hard to beat and the southerners’ tenacity almost paid off when captain Louis Nye clattered a freekick against the post. With the clock ticking towards extra-time, Adam Nisbett sent a rocket into the top corner to hand Thunder the title.

NSW Metro Thunder got the better of Queensland Metro in a solid 4-0 U15 Boys win. Thunder hit the front nearing halftime via an Andrew Holder freekick and they squeezed in another when Daniel Goni dribbled past two defenders and the keeper to tap in NSW’ second. Captain Angelo Kalamvokis made it three shortly after the break and with the Maroons pushing forward Goni found space to slot home and seal a four-goal victory. Two goals in each half saw NSW Metro Lightning claim the U15 Girls trophy 4-0 against NSW Country North. Monique Holder smashed the ball into the net after some nice build-up play and then set up Holly Newman for the second, who also scored after the restart to make it 3-0 before a lastsecond Natalie Vukovic strike confirmed the Lightning win.

IN ONE OF THE GAMES OF THE DAY, NSW METRO THUNDER PIPPED SOUTH AUSTRALIA BY A GOAL IN THE DYING MOMENTS OF A RIVETING U16 BOYS FINAL The smoke cleared on a free flowing U14 Boys final as NSW Metro Thunder held off Solomon Islands 8-3. Thunder led 3-0 just after the break before the Solomons opened up with a goal-scoring frenzy that forced the best out of NSW. A crowded scoresheet saw Emmanuel Tzanakes and Zachary Sapsford bag two each for Thunder next to Ethan De Melo, Jacob Meniti, Lachlan Sepping and Adam Strasser goals, while Travis Sau (2) and Sammy Laui scored for the Islanders. NSW Metro Thunder proved too good for a spirited South Australia in a solid U13 Boys 4-1 performance. Thunder led an intense first half 2-1 and added two more to close out the game. And while the on-court action was immense, supporters of both teams made


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for a fantastic atmosphere. Joel Bertlossio

Queensland Metro 4-0. Mitchell Forrest

Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar played

netted a Thunder pair alongside Dylan Chau

grabbed Thunder’s first goal as Josh Long

and Peter Grozos strikes, Raphael Borges

out a thrilling Powerchair final with just a

did his best to return fire for Queensland,

scoring a lone goal for the southerners.

but NSW extended their advantage when

goal in the Jets’ favour separating the two

Extra time was needed to separate NSW Thunder from NSW Country North in a gripping U13 Girls final, the metro girls getting on top 4-3. Country seemed on their way with a 3-1 halftime lead but Thunder dug deep to send the game into added minutes and secured the win thanks to a

Nathan Nunn capitalised on an error. The intensity lifted and some stoic defence led by Thunder captain Zac Jones stopped the Queenslanders before Brad Southwell

sides. In a tight affair neither side could snap the deadlock before the break, and it was much the same in the second period before Newcastle finally found a way through, Roar

scored Metro’s third against the run of play,

pushing hard in the final stages only to meet

Jones finishing off a great team move to

some heart-stopping defence that won Jets

reverse last year’s result.

the title.

Pene Bonovas double and Nysa Castillo and Isabella Chidiac goals. Jannali Hunter scored two for Country North and Alannah Russell

2017 FFA NATIONAL FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

bagged the other.

GRADE

CHAMPION

RUNNER-UP

Grand final day started with a wonderful

U12 Boys

Solomon Islands

NSW Lightning

U12 Boys display that saw Solomon Islands

U13 Girls

NSW Metro Thunder

NSW Country North

beat NSW Lightning 5-2. Lightning struck first

U13 Boys

NSW Metro Thunder

South Australia

U14 Boys

NSW Metro Thunder

Solomon Islands

U15 Girls

NSW Metro Lightning

NSW Country North

with three unanswered goals to seal back-

U15 Boys

NSW Metro Thunder

Queensland Metro

to-back trophies. A brace from exciting

U16 Boys

NSW Metro Thunder

South Australia

talent Sammy Jnr Lalo complemented Henry

U17 Girls

NSW Metro Thunder

NSW Metro Lightning

U19 Women

NSW Metro Thunder

NSW Metro Lightning

U19 Men

NSW Metro Thunder

NSW Metro Lightning

AWD Mixed

NSW Metro Thunder

Queensland Metro

Powerchair

Newcastle Jets

Brisbane Roar

but the Islanders fired back with a doubleshot before NSW equalised, the overseas visitors making their long trip worthwhile

Anderson Doraouou, Owen Bunaboe and Jason Timi goals, while Callum Powell and Stefano Rossello scored for Lightning. The Open AWD Mixed final provided plenty of excitement as NSW Thunder beat


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FOOTBALL NSW STATE TEAMS

Girls and Boys National Youth Championships The National Youth Championships are FFA’s primary national football competition for the 13 and 14 years boys, and 14 and 15 years girls. The 2017 competition was represented by teams from each of the Member Federations who competed over five days. The FFA National Youth Championships for Girls took place in July and for Boys in September. A total of ten teams represented Football NSW at the FFA National Youth Championships in 2017. U13 Boys, Metropolitan and Country U14 Girls and Boys, Metropolitan and Country U15 Girls, Metropolitan and Country U15 Metropolitan Girls – National Champions, undefeated during tournament, 29 goals for and only 3 against. U13 and U14 Boys Metropolitan White – Group B winners Margaux Chauvet – U15 Metropolitan Girls named Player of the Championships. Darcey Malone – U14 Metropolitan Girls named Player of the Championships. Adrian Segecic – U13 Metropolitan Boys named Player of the Championships. Declan Price – U14 Metropolitan Boys named Goal Keeper of the Championships.

Girls and Boys NTC Challenge The National Training Centre (NTC) Challenge is a national identification tournament for boys aged 15 and girls aged 17. In 2017, two teams represented Football NSW in the under 15 boys and one team in the under 17 girls.

•P  re-talent and talent identification/selection for junior national team representation. The NTC competition differs in format to that of the NYC. In the first three days, players perform with their member federation team. Following these games, the FFA Technical Study Group (TSG) analyse players from

The NTC Challenge remains an important part of the player development pathway for both girls and boys, by providing:

which teams are established considering

• Environment for the “the best playing the best” ,

tournaments, performed outstanding and

biological maturity. NSW players across both the girls and boys demonstrated strong football attributes

• Talent identification of individual players and profiles,

across all aspects of the game. Several

• Measure progress of implementation of the national curriculum/elite programs,

for national teams as a result of their

players have been recognised and identified performance at the NTC challenge.


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FOOTBALL NSW INSTITUTE

Girls Institute The Football NSW Institute program had another positive year developing talented young female players and providing them a best practice, high performance training and playing environment. All teams performed well in the WNPL 1 competition, and in addition to the WNPL1 competition, played some competitive matches against boys during the year. Players and coaches continue to work, train and develop at a high standard, maintaining aspirations to the overall goal of progression to Westfield W-League and ultimately, any of the various national teams.

THE GIRLS EXHIBITED TALENTED FOOTBALL OVER THE COURSE OF THE TOURNAMENT AND DISPLAYED AN IMPRESSIVE STYLE OF PLAY AND TECHNICAL ABILITY

Players of note – obtained contracts with W-league and National team identification; • Princess Ibini – Sydney FC and National team identification • Jada Mathyssen-Whyman – WSW and National team identification • Angelique Hrsitodoulou – Sydney FC and National team identification • Julia Vignes – Sydney FC and National team identification • Courtney Nevin – WSW and National team identification • Rachel Lowe – WSW and National team identification • Taylor Ray – Sydney FC and National team identification

Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Canada, United States and of course, Australia.

• Susan Phonsongkham – WSW and National team identification

Our players gained an invaluable experience both on and off the field and had the opportunity to test themselves against some of the best girls’ development programs from around the world.

Dallas International Girls Cup A combined group of players from the Football NSW Institute program travelled to Dallas, Texas to compete in the Dallas International Girls Cup held April 12 – 16 2017. The 2017 tournament was Football NSW Institute’s second year competing against some of the best girls’ teams from around the world. The tournament included teams from Mexico, Sweden, Denmark, England,

The girls exhibited talented football over the course of the tournament and displayed an impressive style of play and technical ability. 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 momentous.


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COMMUNITY COACH EDUCATION Community Coach Education remains a priority for Football NSW. “Better Coaches, Better Players”, so the FFA Coach Education slogan reads. With this in mind, we understand that the quality of the coach ranks among the most important contributors to a player’s experience, with the all too familiar scenario of poor coaching listed as one the main reasons people may leave our wonderful game. Member Football Associations and Branches, Futsal Centres, NSW Department of Education and Communities as well as five Tertiary Institutions all benefitted from the involvement of Football NSW to deliver Community Coach Education courses. The programs are all designed to engage Community Coaches and teachers in formal Football and Futsal courses developed by FFA, which are then supplemented by a series of workshops designed to support coaches as they provide the face to face contact with their players. Each year all our Coach Development Managers (CDM) work tirelessly to offer around 300 courses to our community of coaches in order to provide the best education, support, and advice they can to ensure all our players participate in a fun, best practice learning environment.

Coaching Courses All local member Football Associations, with the support of Football NSW, continued to deliver Community Coach Education courses to over 5,000 participants during 2017. The ALDI Miniroos Certificate course continued to be the most popular course with over 3,000 participants across the state attending. This reflects the strong numbers of young players that continue to play the game. The Skill Training Certificate course which is aimed at coaches of younger players wanting more in-depth information remains our second most attended course with over 500 participants during the year.

Coaching Resources Since the piloting of our highly successful “Coach’s Survival Kit” and weekly training sessions in 2015, this year saw another increase in the both the number of coaches

seeking support and the engagement rate. The emails, which are sent each Monday afternoon from March to September to 15,000 coaches from U6 to seniors and teachers amounts to in excess of 500,000 emails over a 24 week period. This support is now being replicated around the country with member states now offering a similar level of backing. Working with the FFA and each member Football Association, the introduction of the Club Coaching Coordinator role (CCC) into clubs will assist in providing support to coaches working at the coal face in their club environments where and when they need it most. A promotional video produced by Football NSW is aimed at club administrators to assist in the roll out. The video was designed to provide simple messages for club administrators and outlined steps in relation to an induction process, an outline of how the CCC might be selected and what to expect from them.

Workshops In an effort to provide complementary information from coaching courses, “Coach Training” or workshops in the shape of 6090mins practical sessions are offered to coaches across the State. As Football NSW continues to build capacity across the state, local resources are now able to offer support at times and venues that are in keeping with the demand. All workshops are intended to be practical in nature so that coaches can see the sessions in action with the aim that they can replicate the same in their own club environment. The practical demonstrations, often using teams of players from the local Association, are designed to further a coach’s learning and support their ongoing development, keeping their skills and approach to training and games current and relevant to the age group and ability they are coaching.

Schools and Universities The relationship with the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) has gone from strength to strength. The Teacher Professional Learning program (TPL) allows teachers from all sectors of education to participate in the formal ongoing education process of teachers in NSW. All teachers are now required to accumulate 100 hours

of professional development in order to retain their teacher accreditation, of which a minimum of half must be in the form of accredited hours.vFootball NSW offers 3 different fully accredited 5 hour courses, which were delivered around NSW with the assistance of our Northern NSW Football Federation based in Newcastle. In 2017 we delivered coaching education to almost 200 teachers via the Teacher Professional Learning program. The NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge (PSC) which is funded by the treasury has undergone a number of developments in 2017, continued to provide opportunities for school students through our ALDI Miniroos 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 around 700 secondary students across NSW in 10 different locations. The aim of the program is that the High School then though their community of schools provide sporting programs or experiences for primary school aged students. Universities such as University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, Australian Catholic University, Western Sydney University and the University of Technology Sydney continue to request our assistance in order to offer formal Coach Education courses. The purpose of taking this proactive approach, is the aim of positively influencing 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 for their students. In 2017 we delivered our coach education course to over 350 undergraduate and post graduate university education students.


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ADVANCED COACH EDUCATION

Advanced Coach Education Courses continue to expand and improve the standard of Coaches in NSW.

MORE THAN 300 COACHES HAVE ATTENDED ONE OF THE 17 C LICENCES COURSES THAT HAVE BEEN RUN OVER THE LAST YEAR

2017 followed the recent trend of an increased number of coaching courses being made available to current and future coaches in NSW. There is no surprise here, as at the cornerstone of player development, you will in fact find coaches and therefore there is an ongoing need to increase the number of coaches, though more importantly increase the number of educated coaches and capable coaches in NSW.

put online are being filled very quickly.

More than 300 coaches have attended one of the 17 C-Licence courses that have been run over the last year in regional hubs across the state as well as at Football NSW Headquarters at Valentine Sports Park. Over 60 coaches have attended one of the 2 B-Licence courses held at Valentine Sports Park. In addition, for the first time Football NSW hosted a ‘A’ Licence at VSP, run by the FFA, and supported extensively by Football NSW. It is clear to see; all these courses were well attended and subsequent courses being

continue to educate themselves and develop

The

year’s

State

Coaching

Conference

was held at Valentine Sports Park. Advanced weekend

Coaches were

able

who to

attended gain

Many the

valuable

information and indeed share information. Those in attendance also came away from the

weekend

with

expanded

coaching

networks and coaching support networks. At the Conference, coaches came together to as coaches. Coaches were able to listen to a number of guest speakers and presenters over the weekend and continue to gain coaching experiences, both practically and theoretically. As always, we look to support the strategic spearhead of the National Curriculum in Coach Education and improve coaching standards for all our Advanced coaches in 2018.


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REFEREE DEVELOPMENT 10 schools. 20 students were selected to officiate at the PSSA Boy’s State Championships in Inverell while another 20 were selected to officiate the Girls’ PSSA State Championships at Miranda. From the State Championships 15 students were selected to referee at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide. Many the students went on to Referee for their local Branch and Football NSW matches. The program is set to expand in 2018.

Talented Referee Pathway

Through 2017 we have worked to improve the services provided by Football NSW to Referee Branches servicing the game in our State. The focus has been to increase Referee participation through recruitment and retention, improve the standard for education and coaching and provided a viable pathway to encourage Referees to officiate the highest standard possible. To achieve this, we have worked closely with FFA, Referee Branches and local Associations to increase coaching and educational resources for Referees and creating a more defined pathway resulting in a more professional environment and opportunity for the States match officials.

Recruitment and Retention 2017 saw a continuation of the Statewide Referee Registration Campaign which used recruitment strategies, such as, print

media, on line portal for Referee Branches to access marketing material and direct communication via Referees mobile phones. Local Referee Branches also increased the amount of Level 4 Introductory courses held during the year by introducing mid-season and Female only courses. Our total referee registrations in 2017 grew by 2.4% to 5372 Referees (individual branch registered, outdoor). We also increased Assessor numbers to 451 and Instructor numbers to 188 who all are servicing local and state based competitions.

Schools Engagement During 2017, we continued our involvement with schools from the success of previous years where Football NSW maintained involvement of over 200 students from

In 2016 Football NSW added a Referee Academy as part of the pathway from Grassroots to Elite. The program proved to be a great success and continued in 2017. 10 males and 10 female referees were selected from their local Branches to participate in the program and met monthly at Valentine Sports Park where Football NSW provided intense training sessions devoted to Laws of the Game (LOTG), fitness, public speaking and discipline. Many of the Academy Referees won Referee of the Tournament at the following FFA Championships – Rebecca Mackie (Manly Branch) National Girl’s Championships U13, Coffs Harbour – Bradley Wright (Macarthur Branch) National Boy’s Championships U13, Coffs Harbour – Emma Kocbek (Nepean Referees Group) NTC, Canberra. Two Referees, Maggie Price (Canterbury Branch) and Anastasia Filacouridis (St George Branch) joined the W-League whilst Adrian Arndt (St George) was selected as a 4th Official and Matt McOrist (Sutherland) as an Assistant Referee on the A-League. The four Referees increased our National number to 17.

Female Referee Program In conjunction with the local Referee Branches a number of Female only referee courses were held throughout 2017. The courses are designed to encourage Female footballers to refereeing and increase the overall number of Female Referees.

Match Official

2016

2017

Increase

Referee

5242

5372

2.4%

Assessor

366

451

23%

Instructor

115

188

63%


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SCHOOLS

As a part of Football NSW’s vision to grow the game, Football NSW sees the NSW Education sector as a valuable opportunity to promote the game. The Education sector can also deliver coach and referee education and support the many schools bodies that deliver school football

competitions

for

its

students

annually. This year we delivered a range of school’s programs created with the aim of servicing students, teachers and referees via user pay and free programs with the desired outcome of providing a positive football

Futsal Referees, the students were provided

in NSW.

a safe environment in which to learn.

to accumulate 100 hours of professional

The Futsal Schools Championships were conducted over 13 Regions across Sydney metropolitan and rural areas between the months of February – June and provided students in NSW the opportunity to play Futsal in a fun competitive environment. Sitting higher than the outdoor national average, female participants represent 32% of the total players.

MiniRoos Kick Off Sessions 35,000 students participated in football sessions delivered by Football NSW coaches

All teachers are now required

development

in

order

to

retain

their

teacher accreditation, of which a minimum of half must be in the form of accredited hours. Football NSW offers 3 different fully accredited 5 hour courses, which were delivered around NSW with the assistance of our Northern NSW Football Federation based in Newcastle. In 2017 we delivered coach education to almost 200 teachers via the Teacher Professional Learning program.

The NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge (PSC)

experience.

during 2017. During these sessions players

Football NSW continued our support of

Futsal Schools

were given the opportunity to fall in love

the NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge

with our game, while learning new skills in a

(PSC) by providing opportunities for school

The 2017 Futsal Schools Championships saw

fun, safe environment.

students to kickstart their coaching career

9072 students from 330 schools and 1102

The Teacher Professional Learning program (TPL)

teams battle it out to be crowned Futsal Schools State Champions.

Like previous

by completing a ALDI MiniRoos Coaching courses in the following programs, “Leading the Way” Years 9-10, “Leading through

years, the competition catered for students

The Teacher Professional Learning program

Change”

of all abilities to provide students the

(TPL) allows teachers from all sectors of

provided coaching and leadership skills to

Years

11-12.

These

courses

opportunity to compete against participants

education to participate in the formal

around 700 secondary students across NSW

from across NSW. With skilled Football NSW

ongoing education process of teachers

in 10 different locations.


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BANKSTOWN DAFA

2017 was an exciting season for BDAFA and its 21 member clubs. With roughly 6,250 participants for the 2017 season, it was an opportunity for clubs to get their feet grounded to prepare strategies for the future and embedding the processes to achieve participation growth over the coming years. The season saw an emphasis on Ladies Football as the member clubs banded together to strategise the future of Ladies Football in Bankstown. This found the clubs developing through a series of Forums and engagements, a strategy which will help build the Ladies game in 2018 and beyond. Padstow Hornets FC Under 16s Ladies held the banner high for Bankstown as they valiantly competed in the Football NSW Champion of Champions competition falling short at the Semi-Finals. 2017 also was the year whereby it was confirmed that the Bankstown Region will receive its first ever Synthetic pitch of which funding has been provided via the Stronger Communities Grants Program. The aim is

that in the near future Jensen Park will be the Home of Football for all of Bankstown Football. Other highlights of 2017 included the Football4All Gala days held with local schools, a new Walking Football program in conjunction with CDSFA and the introduction of Summer Football and Futsal to help provide a year round football solution.

THE SEASON SAW AN EMPHASIS ON LADIES FOOTBALL AS THE MEMBER CLUBS BANDED TOGETHER


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BLACKTOWN DSFA

The 2017 season saw a season of change as the BDSFA continued to deliver a great football experience for all its members and stakeholders. It has been a year of change at the BDSFA with long-term CEO Jack Taylor deciding to move on from his role. Jack’s hard work, dedication, loyalty and legacy for the sport of Football in the Blacktown community is much appreciated and will always be recognised. The season provided many great highlights which culminated in a fantastic Grand Final weekend at the Blacktown Football Park precinct. So many people were involved and to all who participated and helped, especially from our Clubs, Referees and Volunteers, their work made it the Grand Final weekend an event to remember. The inclement weather experienced early in the season, created another major event which saw the first round of the Men’s Premier League being held at the Blacktown Football Park precinct – an initiative that proved a success and will be implemented again in years to come.

THE SEASON PROVIDED MANY GREAT HIGHLIGHTS WHICH CULMINATED IN A FANTASTIC GRAND FINAL WEEKEND AT THE BLACKTOWN FOOTBALL PARK PRECINCT This year saw the introduction of the combined Women’s competition involving BDSFA and Granville Association. This initiative proved an outstanding success providing female players from both Associations with a wonderful experience. This season also saw the introduction of the ‘The Big Sister’ program which provided local girls to meet elite female footballers from the Spartans, watch them train, answer questions and provide mentorship.

Congratulations to Lourdes Under 16 Division 1 Boys team for achieving the Football NSW double this season, winning both the State Cup and Champion of Champions. Congratulations also to Doonside Hawks Men’s Premier League team for taking out the All Age Men’s Football NSW Champion of Champions title – a significant achievement when you consider no other BDSFA All Age team has won this category. Doonside also won the team of the year at the Blacktown City Council Sports Awards.


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CANTERBURY DSFA Access to football infrastructure remains the most pressing issue facing the delivery of football within the CDSFA footprint. What infrastructure exists is under duress. The Association is reaching a point where it may well need to consider placing a cap on player registrations. Something which is an anathema to the objects of the Association. The amalgamation of a number of local government areas in the inner west was thought to bring a benefit in terms of capacity and finances to address some of the issues around playing fields and amenities. Unfortunately, it has delivered bureaucracies incapable of putting together a coherent strategy and time table for the delivery of capital works programs. Plans have been delayed. Capital works have been deferred. It is an unsatisfactory situation. The gentrification of some areas close to the CBD, and local governments endless preoccupation “consultation and community engagement” means nothing will be achieved. It is a merry go round. The disproportionate influence of manufactured “community interest groups” and the reluctance of Councillors to simply get on with the job of getting things done and ignoring the “static” produced by these groups means a number of our clubs will continue to struggle on the infrastructure front. One positive light has been the Strathfield Council. They have delivered a synthetic field at Strathfield Park. Strathfield Council which resisted forced amalgamations being imposed by the NSW Government has shown itself to be nimble and efficient. The new synthetic field was constructed in record time. The elected Councillors and Council Management simply got on with the job and demonstrated what local government can achieve when it is not weighed down by nonsense the Association has experienced in other areas of local government.

Likewise, Canada Bay Council has now delivered a new state of the art amenities building at Campbell Park, home of the Abbotsford Junior Soccer Club. This project was funded by the Federal Government and Canada Bay Council. Canada Bay Council has also built a new football field at Lysaght Park, located next door to Campbell Park, to ensure the Abbotsford Junior Football Club can continue to cater for future growth. Currently, the Association is working with Burwood Municipal Council on the future redevelopment of Henley Park. The Burwood Mayor and Councillors are committed to a series of capital works programs over the next couple of budget cycles to future proof the venue with its four full size pitches and two smaller playing fields. This is about ensuring the important piece of active sporting infrastructure meets community standards and expectations as well as allowing the Enfield Rovers Football Club to continue catering for locals. The construction of “vertical villages” means that synthetic fields with proper lighting and amenities that cater for football is the only answer to future population growth. The second challenge faced is that of gaining and maintaining volunteers. People are becoming commitment phobic. By way of observation this is a societal problem. Increasingly, people appear to believe they

can belong to a club, but with limited or zero commitment and have lots of benefits. There is a sense of entitlement. Our clubs are finding that the sport is asking more of them. Clubs and the Association now operate in an environment where a registration fee is seen as a fee for service. Where people are no longer members a club but are more customers. With the changing attitudes and nature of involvement, the human volunteer capital required to operate clubs is now giving way in many cases to paid roles. The role of the volunteer is in decline. There is now a cost to all of this. Those who wring their hands about the cost of football locally and complain, are in the main part of the reason because the need for volunteers now clearly outweighs supply, because people are “too busy” or preoccupied with other matters to volunteer to assist their club of which they are part. The volunteer is part of the life blood underpinning community football. Unless there is a strong marketing campaign to elevate the importance of volunteering aimed at the whole of the community, then community football is heeded for rocky times. There is a need for a co-ordinated effort at a Federal and State Government level to revive the volunteer sector. Our National Association (FFA), needs to be cognisant of what is taking place at a community level.


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CENTRAL COAST FOOTBALL

The 2017 season saw the introduction of the 24th member Club on the Central Coast.

total of 13,942 registered players. Terrigal United Football Club has the most registered players with 1,296 and East Gosford Football Club close behind with 1,027.

This included the International Football School and the development of a new representative pathway for 2018 – Central Coast United.

Central Coast Football would like to take this opportunity to thank every Player, official, coach, manger, volunteer, parent and supporter for their continued support and passion towards Football on the coast.

With this season holding on to the highest participation numbers on the coast with a

Member Clubs

24

Number of Grades

120

Number of Teams

1,223

Playing Participation Numbers

13,942

Coaching Participation Numbers

759

Referee Participation Numbers

199

Goals Scored

27,129

Yellow Cards

4,509

Red Cards

491


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EASTERN SUBURBS FA

2017 really began in October 2016, with the commencement of our inaugural Summer Football program at Moore Park synthetic field. From signing off on documents to operate the program to starting the competition, we had just four weeks to register teams and sign players up. Even coming from a standing start we managed to get ‘Spring’ competitions with over 20 teams, and matched that for a quick ‘Autumn’ competition after the holidays. It wasn’t as strong as we’d hoped, certainly, but it was a start. From there it was just over three weeks to the first knockout games of the winter season, which ran through to mid-September. Football is truly a year-round sport, and the ESFA office is truly a year-round operation. We have a total of about 11 weeks a year where there aren’t games being played, but aside from a couple of weeks over the Christmas break, if we aren’t managing games in a competition season we’re preparing for the

coming summer or winter season. On top of this we have our coaching programs, including the completion in March of the first C-Licence to be conducted in the Eastern Suburbs (and a second course started in October of 2017).

competition is growing the most in strength and numbers. It’s thanks to our clubs’ volunteers out there on the parks in January and February, signing kids up, sorting the shirts, pumping up balls and putting up nets, that players get out on

We also have referee courses preseason and if demanded, during season to ensure match officials are ready for each season.

our parks. It’s up to all of us to work together

Our clubs have also been magnificent. There have never been so many footballers registered with this Association – we are over 9,000 players for the first time ever, with over 550 teams registered to our 25 member clubs. The football family is united, bigger and stronger than ever and with more females choosing to play football, our women’s

Our referees have needed to adapt to

to make sure they have a great experience and come back. changes in structure and rules, which they have done with aplomb, ensuring referees are continually educated as well as being au fait with competition rules and any changes that may occur throughout the season. Our referees have been an important part of our Association umbrella


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FOOTBALL SOUTH COAST

Football South Coast continues to grow in all aspects of the association. Football is no longer a winter sport with FSC having lots of programs such as development academies, summer football and school holiday clinics which run throughout the year.

Infrastructure A key infrastructure milestone was obtaining funding from the NSW Government via the Clubgrants Category 3 Fund and Wollongong City Council to implement the first synthetic pitch in the Illawarra. This is the first-time football has received such a significant amount of funding and the pitch will be used for both community and representative players and schools.

Coaching Development • Implementation of the Club Program across junior clubs

Coaching

• Growth in course participation

Player Development • Development Programs and Gala Days were rolled across junior age groups • FSC had its inaugural preseason tournament for Girls U12 / U13 as part of Female Football Week

• Expansion of the FSC Academy for junior aged Under 6 to Under 16’s

in 16 clubs obtaining AED’s at facilities across

• In 2018, off the back off growth in our Women’s U21 competition, a Women’s Youth League concept will be introduced which will be a league for players aged 17 to 21.

• The FSC Knights is a program for junior

• FSC now has teams in the Football NSW Girls and Mixed SAP programs, Association Youth League, Girls Conference League and will play in the 2018 Football NSW State League with our newly formed club called South Coast Flame FC

Community • FSC developed its own Defibrillator Funding Program with funding obtained from the IMB Community Foundation and Community Building Partnership Program. This resulted

the Illawarra. players with a special need, this program continues with the assistance of the Disability Trust. • FSC appointed Football Development Officers who have rolled out programs across schools and youth centres in the Illawarra

Referee Development • A newly formed Referee Development Committee was formed with a focus on retention and development of players • Key initiatives include the development of school programs, a mentoring program and additional focus on regular coaching.


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GLADESVILLE HORNSBY FA

The Gladesville Hornsby Football Association made solid progress during 2017 in our five strategic pillars of Competitions, Pathway/ Representative, Governance, Sustainability and Facilities Management.

Competition Highlights • 29 affiliated clubs, 12,264 registered players in 998 teams. Whilst numbers were down due to the departure of three of our clubs to the Hills Association, our remaining clubs’ participation numbers remained stable. • Registered Coaches: 848 and registered Officials: 666 • 8,313 matches were played in 111 competitions, using a total of 186 grounds. • Thanks to the Gladesville Hornsby Referees Association for their great support. 386 referees covered GHFA matches during the year, achieving a coverage rate of 92.7%, up 3.7% from 2016.

• Grassroots– 108 • Skill Training – 90 • Game training – 30 • Senior coaching certificate – 43

Pathway/Representative: • The first season of the full time AYL was a great success and has proven itself to be an extremely positive form of representative football. • Whilst it was a challenging year for our GHFA Spirit teams due to the relocation from Christie Park during its redevelopment, all teams competed well and we consolidated our position in NPL2.

Facilities

GHFA introduced the use of electronic teamsheets in 2017 to selected competitions, with great success. The use of electronic teamsheets will be extended to all competitions in 2018 eliminating the need for paper teamsheets.

• With the support of Ryde and Parramatta Councils, work continued on the installation of synthetic fields at Christie Park and West Epping. In 2018, GHFA will have six synthetic fields including two at Christie Park, two at West Epping and one at Pennant Hills Park, and ELS Hall.

In the Game Development area, as well as numerous in-services held at clubs, the number of coaches completing courses were:

• In addition, Ryde Council announced funding of $8m for a new amenities and office building at Christie Park.


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GRANVILLE DSFA

There were a number of key initiatives that Granville & District Soccer Football Association achieved throughout the course of 2017 in what was a tough year for all involved. We developed a 3-year strategic plan for the Association as well as re-established a strong political and working relationship with Football and restored their confidence in the GDSFA. We worked on many levels towards defining and securing the GDSFA northern boundary and conducted with our partners Football NSW and the Western Sydney Wanderers, multiple ALDI MiniRoos Gala Days and activation hubs across the Association.

There was also mutual joint initiative for

We Produced a SWOT analysis and business

the ladies competitions with Blacktown

plan for Parramatta FC. Its clear objective was

Association

football

to see Parramatta FC be a genuine pathway

would continue to grow in an even stronger

focused for our Association members. We

competition.

have recently replaced 80% of the coaches in

to

ensure

female

WE WORKED ON MANY LEVELS TOWARDS DEFINING AND SECURING THE GDSFA NORTHERN BOUNDARY

Parramatta FC in order to achieve this goal. Summer

Football

programs

were

run

by the Association while we ran a talent identification training camp for association players in order to introduce players to our SAP program. As an association we also helped run a referee training course which produced 23

We proudly re-introduced and promoted

new referees from our direct actions while

the oldest football knock out competition in

also establishing a stronger relationship with

Australia, the Cottam Cup, with over 30 clubs

the Referee’s Association and ensured we

across Sydney participating. The social media

had 75% coverage of Association games.

coverage was significant and set the foundation for the Cup to be NSW’s grassroots’ most

Finally, we re-introduced Zero Tolerance and saw a significant drop in red cards and

It was great to see the implementation of a

popular knock out competition in a short space

joint Premier League men’s competition with

of time. The tournament was a big success and

the Bankstown District Amateur Football

the final was played in front of over a 1,000

Overall it was a successful 2017 season as

Association to ensure quality and variety of

loud and passionate fans at Melita Stadium

we put processes in place for ensuring 2018

competition.

showcasing the best of our Association.

would be bigger and better than ever.

abandoned games.


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MACARTHUR FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

The Macarthur Football Association heads into its 35th anniversary in 2018 hot on the back of a record year both on and off the pitch. On the field in 2017 the Macarthur Football Association (MFA) had 6 of 11 junior grassroots entrants reach the semi-final stages of the prestigious Football NSW Champion of Champions tournament, while the Macarthur Rams Women’s FC enjoyed yet another stellar season, finishing as Women’s NPL 1st Grade Premiers and having 3 of 5 ladies’ representative teams make their respective Football NSW Women’s NPL Grand Finals. Meanwhile off the pitch the MFA broke the 10,000 mark for registered winter footballers for the first time, highlighting the popularity of football in the rapidly growing Macarthur region. MFA Chairman

Darcy Lound noted “While we’re delighted to have broken records on and off the pitch in 2017 the MFA won’t be resting on our laurels. The 2018 football season sees our association launch new SAP licences with the MFA mixed and Macarthur Rams Girls SAP programs respectively, and our hubbased grassroots Association Development Program (ADP) has already grown by over 30% from 2017 to 2018 without a ball being kicked.” The good news doesn’t stop there for the MFA with the launch of the NSW Government ‘Active Kids’ program saving local parents $100 on their registration fees for each school-aged and enrolled child. Adding to this local club Camden Tigers will enter the NSW NPL 3 competition on the back of earning promotion in 2017, while the association welcomes home Australia’s 4th most capped Socceroo Brett Emerton to work with the Macarthur Rams SAP program.

Brett Emerton


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HILLS FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

A debut season to remember for Football in the Hills.

This will continue in years to come with the introduction of our “All Stars” Charity match in February 2018.

our Revamped Mens PL1 and Premier Youth

What a year it has been for Football in the Hills. After years or talk, we finally have a recognised and sanctioned Association for the Hills Footballing Community.

Hills Football is also proud of our All Abilities program. We have over 90 participants from 6 clubs topped off with our Annual All Abilities Gala Day which had over 150 participants. Hills Football has also partnered with the Special Olympics Australia to provide a pathway for talented players to progress their Footballing journey.

Referee participation.

20 Clubs, 11,500 Winter players and 2,500 Summer registered players in our first year has been nothing short of a remarkable success. In December 2016 after receiving affiliation from Football NSW, our management and committees had just under 3 months to plan, organise and produce a competition. 2017 also introduced Girls SAP to the Hills. Our part time program was a great stepping stone for talented girls to progress their footballing careers. Hills Footballs aim is to promote female participation across all age groups. In 2017 we held 4 free “Come & Try” clinics to introduce new players to our great game., with plenty more planned for 2018. Hills Footballs focus on the community. In 2017 we helped raise over $15,000 for various charities from our involvement in The Hills Breast Cancer Cup, The Hills Winter Sleepout and various other charity events.

On the park, Baulkham Hills FC took out our inaugural Hills Football Men’s Cup with Winston Hills taking out the Ladies Football Cup. Kenthurst FC did the double in the Men’s Premier League by taking home the Premiership and Grand Final trophies. Winston Hills AAL1 Black side also won the combined AAL1 competition between Hills Football and The North West Sydney Women’s Association. Castle Hill United 13/1s took out the State Cup title. As special mention to Jim Moreland who was the first inductee to Hills Footballs Hall of Fame. As we move into year two, watch out for some new and exciting initiatives such as

Leagues. A revamped Youth Development Program and a true focus on Female and


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MANLY WARRINGAH FA

Manly Warringah Football Association continued its growth on and off the pitch in 2017.

AN MWFA CLUB HAS WON A TITLE IN THE NSW CHAMPIONS OF CHAMPIONS COMPETITIONS IN 16 OF THE 17 YEARS SINCE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY

2017 was an incredibly successful season for the Manly Warringah Football Association. The number of players in the MWFA competitions grew to 17,410 across all age groups in 2017 and when you consider the 700 players who represent our region for either Manly United or the MWFA SAP teams, football on the Northern Beaches is thriving.

U18), Pittwater RSL (All age men), Mosman SC (men’s O35s), Wakehurst FC (girls U14s), Avalon (girls U16s), Manly Vale FC (all age women’s) and Wakehurst FC (women’s O30s). Off the field, MWFA has also invested in office staff to help service its 17 Member Clubs. 2017 saw the creation of a new role, Community Coaching Coordinator, which

On the field our success was evident in the NSW Champion of Champions Competitions with Forest Killarney Football Club winning both the boys U12 and boys U14 competitions, meaning an MWFA Club has won a title in 16 of the 17 years since the turn of the Century.

aims to assist grassroots clubs with coach

Congratulations also to the following teams for qualifying for the semi finals or the final; CC Strikers (boys U15), St Augustines (boys

Council to build the 5th synthetic field in the

educating at all levels. On the facilities front, MWFA contributed to a new lighting project at Hews Parade and invested in ensuring all 17 Member Clubs had a defibrillator at their home ground. MWFA also worked with Northern Beaches area, Cromer Park No. 2, which opened in time for the 2018 season.


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NEPEAN FA

NEPEAN FA – Reaching Targets in 2017. The organisation set itself some fairly high targets and aimed to broaden their relevance in the wider community and we were incredibly happy and proud of our achievements and outcomes in 2017. The first bright spot on our radar were 100% accreditation of all Division 1 coaches and all MiniRoos coaches up to U8’s. In terms of our overall coach accreditation figures, we finished 2017 with a whopping 69.7% of our volunteer coaches, across all age groups and division carrying the relevant

FFA Coach accreditation for their respective age groups, an increase from 21.39% in 2015 and 45.39% in 2016. For our members, this translates to better equipped coaches, and better educated players and demonstrates a strong support of both the FFA and Football NSW curriculums and strategic plans.

mainstream Winter season activities in 2019.

In broadening our relevance to the wider community, we were thrilled to be able to roll out a pilot program of Walking Football for over 50’s during our Summer Football Season. This program was so well received that we’re hoping to run a similar 10 week program in the 2018 Winter season before hopefully seeing it become part of our

to develop their potential at their own pace,

The Walking Football program was a successful social experiment in returning retired players to the sport at a level they could easily manage, introducing novices who thought team sports were now out of their reach into a sport that allowed them without the pressure of performance that often comes from peers in sport. We look forward to continuing our goals of 100% coach accreditation and 100% community inclusion, regardless of ability, age or gender.


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NORTH WEST SYDNEY WOMEN’S FA

NWSWF flying the FEMALE FOOTBALL flag high with a HATRICK at Champion of Champions! It was a huge year for women’s football in general and certainly for the association. On that Sunday in October we had 3 teams competing in Champion of Champions finals and we won all 3. Huge congratulations to Gladesville Sharks U12’s, Gladesville Ravens U18’s and Epping FC’s U21’s. It truly shows the strength of female teams when it comes to community football. Two teams competed in the State Cup finals, with the U12 Gladesville Sharks winning the Cheryl Salisbury cup and the U18 Gladesville Ravens just falling short with a 1-0 loss to Albion Park. Another highlight for our association was seeing the NWS Koalas win the Club Championship. We introduced a Development Squad Program for girls U8/9’s & U10/11’s. 54 girls applied, which exceeded all our expectations. The

program ran for 10 weeks and was a huge success. One of the highlights was when we allowed the Development Squad players to play the SAP squads, proved to be a fantastic night of football.

staggering 85 MiniRoos teams. The Association and two member clubs (Roselea FC & Gladesville Ravens FC) ran ALDI MiniRoos Kick Off program for girls at three separate venues.

THE ABSOLUTE HIGHLIGHT OF THE SEASON WAS GRAND FINAL DAY HELD AT THE PICTURESQUE MORRISON BAY OVALS IN PUTNEY

The absolute highlight of the season was Grand

Our PINK Program continued with the

Tobin and NWS Koala, Rachel Perrins. The day

highlight being the Football NSW Gala Day. One of our PINK stars Jessica Guisti featured in the Football NSW/FFA Online Registration campaign and still marvels at seeing herself on TV.

Final Day held at the picturesque Morrison Bay Ovals in Putney, over 800 girls played their last ALDI MiniRoos games for 2017 before receiving their season medals. Grand Finals were also played in age groups from U12s to O30’s and nearly 650 girls and women received their presentations. MiniRoos medals were presented across the day by special guests including Matildas’ goalkeeper Casey Dumont, Young Matilda and NWS Koalas Captain, Natalie was also supported by Football NSW CEO, Stuart Hodge and newly-appointed Football NSW Women’s Development Manager, Jo Fernandes. Football NSW Board Member and NWSWF Life Member, Jeanette Jones was joined by fellow NWSWF Life Members, Joe

Our numbers continued to grow with 71 Senior

Calvi, Adrian Jones, Lee Owens, Jeff Saul, Krissy

Teams, 57 Junior Team, 1 PINK team and a

Smith and Paul Woolford.


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NORTHERN SUBURBS FA

2017 saw great improvements across a number of areas for NSFA. Towards 2020, the new association strategic plan, was developed and released with a focus on four key pillars – the community football experience, facilities, pathways and creativity and innovation. Ed Ferguson, our new Community Football Manager, was instrumental in furthering coach development in the region with the new INSPIRE program, designed to offer more accessible education opportunities for coaches within our region. The development of the Club Coach Coordinator program network across the majority of our clubs will increase the quality of coaching provided to our community and provide coaches with the support and mentoring needed to develop their craft. Our commitment to improve facilities within NSFA received a boost through a combined $650,000 in funding for a synthetic field at

Norman Griffiths Oval through the Liquor and Gaming Infrastructure Program ($500,000) and the Asian Cup Legacy Fund ($150,000) thanks to the collaboration of West Pymble FC, NSFA Facilities Manager Paul Orgad and Ku-ring-gai Council. Its completion will bring the number of synthetic fields in the area to seven, on course for our target of ten by 2021. The addition of our new facility at North

Turramurra Recreation Area (NTRA) has greatly enhanced the capabilities of the association, proving to be a successful summer football venue and home to our representative programs. NTRA also hosted the inaugural NSFA Skellern Cup in September, a girls football tournament that featured over 400 participants from primary schools across the region!


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SOUTHERN DISTRICTS SFA

SDSFA strong across our clubs and age groups. Southern Districts Soccer football Association has been strong over the years in the Champion of Champions with 2017 following the same trend. We had 5 of our clubs represented in the grand finals; Kemps Creek U12s, Bossley Sports U13s, Bonnyrigg FC L14s, Fairfield Patrician Brothers U15’s and AC United L16’s. Although this year we only had one winning team this season in Fairfield Patrician Brothers U15’s. Also in 2017 we also had a member of Liverpool Rangers; Lorraine Peel attempting a Guinness world record for the oldest playing female player in the sport. Lorraine played in The Liverpool Rangers ladies All age Division 3 side in the 2017 season and has been playing for almost 40 year for the club. Their team made the grand final and they won their match, with Lorraine being awarded the MVP award for the match and scoring the winning goal in a penalty shootout. Andy Favaloro & Lorraine Peel


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ST GEORGE FA

St George Football focus on facilities, female football, improved membership services and summer football expansion in 2017. It was another year of progress and evolution for the St George Football Association (SGFA) as we continued to strive for further growth and development of the sport in our district and deliver tangible benefits for our community. We remain committed and focused on improving services to our membership, providing strong leadership and strengthening our working relationships with our key stakeholders including Bayside Council, Georges River Council, partner associations, Football NSW and FFA. Our number one priority continues to be improving local facilities for our local Clubs and their members and pleasingly our hard work is now bearing fruit with a number of major infrastructure projects underway. We thank our 22-member Clubs, in particular their Executives, Delegates and Committees, for all their tireless work and efforts throughout the season and once again know

that without them, we would be nothing. Some

key

highlights

and

achievements

included: • an

overall

increase

of

3%

in

player

registrations for the 2017; • negotiated access and use of Jubilee Oval, Kogarah for local Grand finals for the first time in the Associations history; • lobbied successfully for $500,000 in seed funding from Georges River Council for a synthetic pitch at Peakhurst Park;

A number of our local Club teams also had a very successful season with special acknowledgment to Connells Point Rovers U13 Boys who finished as State Cup RunnersUp and their U14 Boys who were crowned State Cup Champions. 2017 was also a big year for our development programs which saw the progression of St George City FA who fielded teams in SAP Boys, SAP Girls, Association Youth League, NPL 2 Youth and NPL3 Seniors. St George City were also awarded a licence to compete in

• working closely with both the Federal

the Football NSW Futsal State League, which

Government and Bayside Council to finalise

is an exciting addition to our football program

the funding arrangements and planning for

offering in St George.

the $2,000,000 synthetic sports field project at Ador Avenue, commencing in February 2018; • embedded Summer Football as a key program within SGFA, doubling venues and the number of teams from 2016;

Finally, the year ended with great sadness with the passing of our beloved Chairman and Director, Sok Mallios. He made an enormous contribution Football in St George having been involved as a player, coach, volunteer and administrator since 1971. Sok

• partnered with Bankstown FA, Canterbury

was a tremendous, selfless leader, whom was

FA and Football NSW to deliver the first

respected and admired across all layers of

Regional Facilities forum;

the game. He was awarded Life Membership

• delivered a hugely successful free Girls

to the SGFA and was the recipient of the

Come & Try Clinic hosted by Teresa Polias

Football NSW State Award for his contribution

(Sydney FC) with over 100 girls attending.

to football in our district.


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SUTHERLAND SHIRE FA The end of another successful year for the SSFA; again the largest sporting Association in the country – with almost 19,000 players participating in almost 800 matches each and every weekend during the season. The massive number of day to day tasks undertaken by the volunteers at each and every Club, combined with the diligent and hardworking team in the SSFA Office, meant that we managed to squeeze these games onto the 60 odd fields at our disposal. Whilst talking about community; it is worth noting that 97% of the players registered with SSFA clubs are local residents of the Sutherland Shire (a statistic that cannot be matched by any other sport). Sutherland Council must be acknowledged as probably our greatest supporter – providing the fields that we train and play on during the season and also overseeing the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the fields, the club houses and the surrounding infrastructure. Thanks to our commercial partners and sponsors Deploy, Tradies, Sylvania BMW, Jubilee Physio, 5Sports, Jukebox hire, Strategic Fleet Solutions, Southpest, and TST property Management, who provide us all much needed funds and products that support our game each and every week. The SSFA Executive Committee (EC) has again, this year under the Presidency of Matt Brady, provided significant guidance and an environment predicated on teamwork. Club President’s, Secretaries, Committees, Team Coaches, Managers, Referees, Groundsman and players must all be acknowledged – as it is these people that form the local community that is football in the Sutherland Shire. A number of highlights for the year included: • The SSFA continues to support local girls that wish to compete at the highest amateur level in the State - again entering Women’s Representative teams in the Football NSW Women’s Premier League (WPL) competition. The SSFA WPL was again

successful on the field - the WPL13’s and the W17’s making it to the Grand Final of the Championship, the WPL17’s and Reserve Grade winning the Premiership, First Grade being Runners Up and the Club being crowned Club Champions for the WPL2’s. The SSFA has therefore been promoted to WPL1 for 2018 – “back where we belong”. • The WPL program is underpinned by the SSFA’s very well regarded Girls Academy, the Football NSW Girls Skills Acquisition Program and the Girls Only Skills nights. • The SSFA again had more female participants than any football code in the country – with almost 6,000 female players. 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 SSFA girls programs. Regular Girl’s Only Skill Nights are also conducted at SSFA HQ with almost 300 girls in attendance on each and every occasion. Combined with the SSFA conducting Girls Only grades in all age groups from U6 and upwards (and having done so for more than decade) it is no surprise that more than 31% of our total playing population are female. • The SSFA again entered teams in the Football NSW Association Youth League (AYL) in 2017. The AYL was again very successful with the U14’s winning the Championship and the other three teams being placed in the top four of their respective age groups. • Jon Long, SSFA Football Manager, has been very busy in 2017 as he has delivered numerous programs to assist club coaches enhance their education and development – leading toward better coaching which creates better players. Jon has run FFA community coaching courses for the benefit of 113 club coaches that wished to avail themselves of age appropriate training. In addition, Jon has arranged numerous Football NSW updates, has individually visited clubs to run training sessions and has also operated the very successful SSFA Girls Academy, school holiday clinics and Girls Only skills nights during the season.  Jon has also introduced the Football

Development Officers (FDO) program in 2017. The FDO are SSFA funded coach educators that visit clubs over multiple weeks to assist coaches in running their run coaching sessions. All coaches at the respective club are invited and welcome to attend in order to gain first-hand knowledge and experience, using local players, at their own local ground. The program creates a real world, tailor made method for developing coaches at home. 12 clubs participated in the FDO program with 436 hours of coach development delivered to over 80 coaches who were involved in this initiative with 41 gaining coaching accreditation. • The SSFA piloted the Shared Services concept in 2017 – with much thanks to Gymea for being our test ‘guinea pig’ for the pilot and Lilli Pilli for assisting along the way. The staff in the SSFA Office all do a fantastic job servicing our many stakeholders, at times under great pressure, but always ‘making it look easy’. Kim, Brooke, Julie, and Melinda have continued to support all players and clubs to ensure that the season was well managed and, most importantly, all fixtures were published, all players belonged to a team and had somewhere to play each weekend. Jo joined us later in the year to help Brooke turn the fledgling Shared Services concept into a viable proposition for clubs in 2018. The commitment of the girls to the SSFA and the players often goes unnoticed (even unappreciated by many participants) but it is their contribution that helps us all to succeed. Overall a great year we have all ensured that the SSFA and its member clubs are responsive to the needs of the players.


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RIVERINA BRANCH

Riverina 16 Girls State Titles Team – Coached by Sam Gray

Riverina branch associations continued to develop players and coaches in 2017. The regions players and coaches have continued to development with the Riverina Associations

implementing

on

going

programmes for players and providing coaching

course

opportunities

for

the

dedicated coaches in their respective areas of Griffith, Wagga Wagga, South West Slopes and Albury/Wodonga. The Riverina Rhinos programme offers a fantastic pathway for our young players across the Riverina, which has seen a number of players from this program being identified as elite players for future programs and Country NSW team selections. Results at the State Titles was a great effort from our Riverina teams with 4 out of the 5 teams participating being Country Champions or Runner Up in their respective age groups. • 14 Boys – Country Champions • 15 Boys and 14,16 Girls – Runner Up

Riverina 14 Boys State Titles Team – Coached by Gabriel Abdala Griffith 13 and 14 Boys were Branch winners at the Branch Championships and went on to be Runners up at the Country Cup with the Wagga Wagga 14 Girls winning the Country Cup in their age group

Country Cup show each associations players

Albury/Wodonga was Branch winners in the 14 and 16 Girls along with Wagga Wagga 15 Boys.

from all four associations’ future programs,

Results at the Branch Championships and

benefiting from development programmes they have in place. It is fair to say that the regions players will continue to develop with the great support the Riverina Rhinos Program and Pathways opportunity and the TSP starting within the Riverina in 2018.


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WESTERN BRANCH

2017 was a positive year with all associations running successful competitions in a season less affected by weather. The Branch is pleased with an improved number of coaching coaching courses/ certificates and also further assistance in regards to Coach Education in many forms including more involvement in schools. The Challenge Cup has grown immensely and has proven to be both a competitive and a positive pre-season event. The 2017 event was held by the Dubbo Football Association at Lady Cutler Oval. There was continued growth in Futsal and Summer Football participation and we will be looking to increase the active futsal centres affiliated with Football NSW for 2018/19 and also growth areas for Summer Football.

The Dubbo FA had a particularly strong year in the Western Youth League taking out 4 of the 5 Boys age groups. This competition has continued to grow, and in addition to the competitive age groups there was Under 10 Boys and Under 11 Boys playing small sided football.

Grant Foster from Bathurst District FA and Leanne Keay from Lithgow District FA were presented with FNSW State Awards at the Football NSW Annual Dinner.

There was another group of coaches undertaking a Regional C Licence held

FNSW STATE TITLES

WESTERN NSW YOUTH LEAGUE

12 Boys

1st

Winner

Runner-Up

13 Boys

1st

Under 12 Boys

Dubbo

Orange Tigers

14 Boys

3rd

Under 13 Boys

Dubbo

Bathurst

15 Boys

3rd

Under 14 Boys

Dubbo

Orange

12 Girls

1st

Under 15 Boys

Dubbo

Dubbo

14 Girls

2nd

Under 16 Boys

Orange

Dubbo

16 Girls

2nd

Under 12 Girls

Lachlan Lions

Wellington

WESTERN NSW FOOTBALL CHALLENGE CUP Winner

at Bathurst and Orange, while there was a further group intending to attend the Regional C Licence at VSP.

Runner-Up

Under 14 Girls

Bathurst

Dubbo

Under 16 Girls

Lachlan United

Bathurst

FNSW STATE TITLES 3rd

13 Boys

1st in Country

Men

South Dubbo Wanderers

Dubbo Bulls

CSU Bathurst

14 Boys

2nd in Country

Women

Dubbo RSL 78’s

Parkes Raptors

Dubbo Macquarie United

15 Boys

1st in Country

14 Girls

2nd in Country

16 Girls

3rd in Country

WESTERN PLAINS ASSOCIATION


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SOUTHERN BRANCH

Southern Branch would like to Thank all the personnel involved within the sport who have worked hard to completed yet another successful season in 2017.

Everyone’s hard work and efforts as well

the opportunity to test their skills against

as dedication to this very sport once again

Western and Riverina Branches.

stood out in ensuring many football matches took shape across the football season. The coveted and much anticipated Branch Championship took shape for 2017 and was held across two weekends at Goulburn and

THE RETURN OF ALL AGE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S FOR BRANCH CHAMPIONSHIP HELD AT MERIMBULA WAS A GREAT SUCCESS

Nowra. 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 representing their Associations with pride. Country Cup once again provides our teams

The return of all age Men’s and Women’s for Branch Championship held at Merimbula was a great success for all who competed – so much so, that this will continue for the 2018 football , returning to Eurobodalla. Finally, our very own Southern Branch FC, the pathway for elite football in the Southern Branch area, are constantly developing a strong presence within Football NSW competitions across various age groups and divisions and we hope that this will continue to ascend in bigger ways in 2018.


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REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

DUBBO DISTRICT FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION The 2017 season saw some very exciting local and representative competition highlights as well as player and coach selections for an overseas football tour of Germany. 2017 saw the end of a dominant era in Junior grades for the South Dubbo Wanderers Hurricanes. This very talented team coached by Scott Watmore has a total of 8 Grand Final appearances resulting in 7 premierships throughout their playing career, The Hurricanes have not been beaten in DDFA since 2015. In 2017 they came runners up in the under 17’s Champions of Champions. Dubbo Newtown Soccer Club President and Coach Craig Moore nominated his

WYL U13’S - LUKE CAMERON

WELLINGTON V MUFC AAW 1ST u17’s team into the Joey’s Mini World Cup

2017 tournament and was awarded a fully

Tournament held in Inverell for the 2nd year

subsidised trip.

in a row. The team travelled to Inverell for a week of football competition and played against teams from as far as Queensland,

The DDFA had a successful year in the Western Youth League competition in

Germany and New Zealand. As a result of

2017.

participating in this tournament we have

The Dubbo U15’s coached by Paul Crain and

had 2 players and a coach selected for a 3-week football playing tour of Germany. Congratulations to Craig Moore (Coach), Jacob Taylor and Jake Settree. Jake was selected as the best field player of the

U14’s coached by Adam Walbridge were branch champions and also participated at country cup. The DDFA U13’s team coached by Luke


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MARK GREEN

BULLS V MUFC - 1ST GRADE

THE DDFA HAD A SUCCESSFUL YEAR IN THE WESTERN YOUTH LEAGUE COMPETITION IN 2017 Cameron were victorious in the branch championships and went on to become the Country Cup champions, from this team 3 players were selected into the state titles team and 1 player was selected in the Nationals team. In the local competition, the results were All Age Men: 1st Grade – Macquarie United Football Club 2nd Grade - Dubbo Bulls Football Club 3rd Grade - RSL 78’s 4th Grade - Dubbo Bulls Football Club All Age Women: 1st division - Wellington Wildcats 2nd division – Dubbo City Rangers Dubbo Football Referees obtain Sponsorship from McDonalds Dubbo & Wellington, allowing for all new referees

to have their full uniform kits supplied. Dubbo Football Referees worked hard to recruit more new referees, and retain existing referees. From 2016 to 2017, Dubbo Football Referees have had a 30% increase in junior & senior referees. Football NSW Referees Manager & A League Referee Kris Griffith Jones visited in June 2017. During this visit, there was a level 2 Referees course held, with 2 of our members attending and completing both the theory and practical components to become a high-level referee, Kris also completed numerous on field assessments to give more valuable instructions to our referees and ran an information session for club coaches & managers. Dubbo Football Referees has two (2) delegates that travel to Sydney twice a year for Referee Forums. Our AGM saw six (6)

referees presented with refereeing awards in the Junior & Senior categories, Referee of the year, Most Improved Referee and Most Consistent Referee. Coach Education Goal Keeper Coaching Program with Oscar Gonzalez & Jim Fraser Grassroots Coaching Course (Conducted Annually) Skill Acquisition Community Certificate (Conducted Annually) Game Training Community (Conducted Annually)

Certificate

Development of our local facilities continue with the addition of lights on Lady Cutler East.

SOUTH WEST SLOPES SOCCER ASSOCIATION Forging Ahead with a New Development Officer, SWSSA is under the Riverina Branch and is the smallest association within NSW and in 2017 was comprised of the following Clubs: Cootamundra Junior Soccer Club, Gundagai Panthers Football Club, Harden Soccer Club, and Temora Soccer Club (juniors).

SOUTH DUBBO WANDERERS

In 2017, with the assistance of funding through Football NSW, the Association was fortunate to engage Mick Godbier as its Development Officer (DO). Throughout


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REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS 2017, Mick has been busy reinvigorating the Association: educating and mentoring coaches; improving the technical skills of players; and increasing engagement and participation across all Clubs. SWSSA achievements for 2017 include: • Successful introduction and implementation of MiniRoos with education sessions for coaches, players, carers and parents. • Completion of the SWSSA Strategic Plan • Participation in the Riverina Roadshow which saw our DO work with Oscar Gonzalez and Demelza Howard to host Grassroot coaching courses and school clinics • Commencement of a successful Pathways Program for 9-13 year olds targeting skills acquisition. • Coach mentoring and development of Pathway coaches • School holidays clinic held in the second week of the October holidays for Grassroot players (6-8 years) and Skills Training (9-13 years). • Club visits by DO to mentor and assist coaches with club based training sessions. • Increased number of players trialling for SWSSA representative teams

EUROBODALLA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION The Eurobodalla Association enjoyed an exciting season in 2017. Our six clubs all fielded MiniRoos and Junior teams whist senior teams entered were down from the previous year. It was very disappointing that for the first time in 20 years we could not run an All Age women’s competition. Sadly only Clyde United and Moruya had teams this year Our Men’s league may have suffered a similar fate had it not been for the hard work led by Cerys Hawkins to move the All Age Men’s competition to a Friday night. Whilst it had some teething problems, the availability of grounds with sufficient floodlighting was a major issue, but all credit to the team members that hung in there together! It was probably good karma that saw Cerys’ team Broulee take out the Premiership for 2017. We had lots of action from our MiniRoos with Clyde United in the north and Moruya, the central club of Eurobodalla, entered record number of teams in the Under Six

and Under Seven age groups. Whilst we struggled to keep our teenagers involved, we managed to run a successful Youth League for both boys and girls. Bodalla were very strong in the mixed U/12 division and were also the champions in the Boys Youth League. For our smallest club they achieve amazing results including their All Age Men being the Minor Premier. All compliments go to their strong club committee. The Youth Girl’s league saw Moruya as the victors who continue to provide the bulk of our youth players. At our Annual Presentation Night we awarded the Player of the Year awards, Jesse French from Bodalla took out the honour in the men’s division whilst Robbie Kidd from Moruya was announced the Coach of the Year The Branch Championship competition this year was quite successful for Eurobodalla with our U/14 Girls and U/16 Girls performing very well. Our U/12 boys were only a goal away from the medals whilst our U/14 boys were the runner-up in their division. However, we had an exciting end of the season with our senior competition. After last year’s success with the Inaugural Senior Branch Championship competition, it was contested again in 2017. Hosted by the Far South Coast Association at Merimbula it was contested between Eurobodalla,

(l) Mick Godbier in action with the 6-8 year olds at SWSSA’s October coaching clinic; and (r) Players at SWSSA’s Pathway’s Program in Cootamundra


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Shoalhaven, Southern Tablelands and the Far South Coast Associations. A big thank you to the Shoalhaven U/16 Girls team who at the eleventh hour filled the spot of the Tablelands withdrawal. Games were played in great spirit and all players were acknowledged for their sportsmanship. Both finals were contested between Far South Coast and Eurobodalla, with Far South Coast lifting the Winner’s Cup in both divisions. Congratulations! It was wonderful to see some great football to end a great season. Our thanks to all the volunteers that make it possible for our players to enjoy our beautiful game.

SOUTHERN TABLELANDS Season 2017 saw Another strong year of growth and inclusion in football in southern tablelands association. This season saw the introduction of all female football competition in the miniroos under6/7 and u/14 girls competition. This was positively received by parents and players and looks set to further expand in 2018. Stags Football Club once again hosted their “call to Arms “ for cancer day which involved custom shirts and socks and raised over $7000 which takes the club to $85,000 raised over 9 seasons. Marulan Football

AFTER LAST YEAR’S SUCCESS WITH THE INAUGURAL SENIOR BRANCH CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION, IT WAS CONTESTED AGAIN IN 2017. HOSTED BY THE FAR SOUTH COAST ASSOCIATION IT WAS CONTESTED BETWEEN EUROBODALLA, SHOALHAVEN, SOUTHERN TABLELANDS AND THE FAR SOUTH COAST ASSOCIATIONS.

introduced a red sock day to support

Highlight of the season on field was the

Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and

success of our U/16 girls rep team, the girls

raised $4000 in its first year, both events

took out the Cowra Cup with one player

were we’ll supported by all club and shows

short and backing up after Cup football, The

the community spirit that runs strongly

girls then went on a run in the Champion

throughout the STFA.

of Champions falling at the semi final

Association Cup (Knockout Cup) was taken out by Stags FC over Crookwell, but this isn’t the story, 5 minutes it the game, heavy snow started to fall, the ground looked picturesque and as spectators took shelter the 2 teams continued to play a great game although frozen , As the game finish players broke out into a friendly snow fight.

stage of the competition. Coach Graham Eddy was pleased with the team effort and commitment during the season, often playing with just 11 and no subs but always playing with a smile on there face. Here’s to a great 2018!


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REGISTERED PLAYER COMPARISON 2016 v 2017 2016

2017

% Change

Sutherland Shire Football Association Inc.

18784

18612

-0.92%

Manly Warringah Football Association Inc.

17345

17375

0.17%

Northern Suburbs Football Association Inc.

16547

16335

-1.28%

Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

16242

16303

0.38%

Central Coast Football

13771

13994

1.62%

Gladesville-Hornsby Football Association Inc.

13448

12237

-9.01%

Nepean Football Association Inc.

12670

12225

-3.51%

State League Clubs (FNSW Competitions)

11020

11659

5.80%

Football South Coast

11734

11591

-1.22%

11156

-

10210

9989

-2.16%

Macarthur Football Association Inc.

9756

9935

1.83%

Eastern Suburbs Football Association Inc.

8776

9056

3.19%

St George Soccer Football Inc.

8907

9016

1.22%

Southern Districts Soccer Football Association Inc.

8431

8092

-4.02%

Granville & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

10263

6446

-37.19%

Bankstown District Amateur Football Association Inc.

6511

6273

-3.66%

Shoalhaven District Football Association Inc.

3400

3302

-2.88%

North West Sydney Women's Football Inc.

2906

2880

-0.89%

Wagga Wagga & District Amateur Football Association Inc.

2448

2774

13.32%

Dubbo & District Football Association Inc.

2285

2317

1.40%

Orange & District Football Association Soccer Inc.

2216

2160

-2.53%

Bathurst & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

1982

2033

2.57%

Lachlan Amateur Soccer Association Inc.

2058

2010

-2.33%

Highlands Soccer Association Inc.

1679

1599

-4.76%

Albury Wodonga Football Association

1403

1359

-3.14%

Griffith & District Soccer Association Inc.

1630

1311

-19.57%

Far South Coast Football Association Inc.

1172

1000

-14.68%

929

999

7.53%

Lithgow & District Soccer Association

1133

880

-22.33%

Eurobodalla Football Association Inc.

868

849

-2.19%

Western Plains Soccer Association

649

480

-26%

South West Slopes Soccer Association

646

424

-34.37%

Sydney Amateur League

520

244

-53.08%

Australian Chinese Soccer Association

273

217

-20.51%

222612

227132

2.15%

Hills Football Inc. Blacktown & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

Southern Tablelands Football Association Inc.

TOTALS


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AGE COMPARISON 2016 v 2017 2016

2017

% Change

6

18115

18000

-2.76%

7

14957

15122

-3.30%

8

15682

15740

-2.92%

9

15532

15656

4.22%

10

14418

15577

-1.05%

11

13581

14212

0.54%

12

12861

13307

-2.34%

13

11764

11560

5.03%

14

10451

10854

-0.93%

15

9678

9377

0.82%

16

8300

8215

-1.00%

17

6263

6199

-4.56%

18

5033

5117

5.45%

19

4011

4451

-6.09%

21

7319

7356

-4.65%

54647

56389

-2.82%

222612

227132

2.00%

All Age/Over 35 TOTALS

JUNIORS V SENIORS COMPARISON 2016 v 2017 2016

2017

% Change

117082

118348

1.07%

Female Junior (5-17yrs)

34520

35471

2.81%

Male Senior (18yrs+)

56344

58308

3.37%

Female Senior (18yrs+)

14666

15005

2.30%

222612

227132

2.00%

Male Junior (5-17yrs)

TOTALS


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FEMALE PLAYER COMPARISON 2016 v 2017 2016

2017

% Change

Sutherland Shire Football Association Inc.

5747

5793

0.80%

Manly Warringah Football Association Inc.

4680

4961

6.00%

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

3770

3763

-0.19%

Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

3546

3683

3.86%

Central Coast Football

2772

2928

5.63%

North West Sydney Women's Football Inc.

2906

2880

-0.89%

Football South Coast

2738

2692

-1.68%

State League Clubs (FNSW Competitions)

2197

2584

17.61%

Nepean Football Association Inc.

2560

2513

-1.84%

Eastern Suburbs Football Association Inc.

2077

2079

0.10%

Macarthur District Soccer Football Association Inc.

1795

1853

3.23%

Blacktown & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

1838

1793

-2.45%

St George Soccer Football Inc.

1657

1723

3.98%

1693

-

Hills Football Inc. Southern Districts Soccer Football Association Inc.

1154

1078

-6.59%

Bankstown District Amateur Football Association Inc.

1036

989

-4.54%

Granville & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

1697

934

-44.96%

Shoalhaven District Football Association Inc.

997

901

-9.63%

Lachlan Amateur Soccer Association Inc.

696

701

0.72%

Wagga Wagga & District Amateur Football Association Inc.

622

668

7.40%

Bathurst & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

535

592

10.65%

Dubbo & District Football Association Inc.

547

584

6.76%

Gladesville-Hornsby Football Association Inc.

480

459

-4.38%

Albury Wodonga Football Association

392

371

-5.36%

Highlands Soccer Association Inc.

415

355

-14.46%

Far South Coast Football Association Inc.

385

320

-16.88%

Orange & District Football Association Soccer Inc.

336

297

-11.61%

Southern Tablelands Football Association Inc.

245

296

20.82%

Griffith & District Soccer Association Inc.

359

287

-20.06%

Eurobodalla Football Association Inc.

281

210

-25.27%

Western Plains Soccer Association

233

172

-26.18%

Lithgow & District Soccer Association

267

168

-37.08%

South West Slopes Soccer Association

226

156

-30.97%

Australian Chinese Soccer Association

-

-

-

Sydney Amateur League

-

-

-

49186

50476

2.62%

TOTALS


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MALE PLAYER COMPARISON 2016 v 2017 2016

2017

% Change

Sutherland Shire Football Association Inc.

13037

12819

-1.67%

Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

12696

12620

-0.60%

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

12777

12572

-1.60%

Manly Warringah Football Association Inc.

12665

12414

-1.98%

Gladesville-Hornsby Football Association Inc.

12968

11778

-9.18%

Central Coast Football

10999

11066

0.61%

Nepean Football Association Inc.

10110

9712

-3.94%

9463

-

Hills Football Inc. State League Clubs (FNSW Competitions)

8823

9075

2.86%

Football South Coast

8996

8899

-1.08%

Blacktown & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

8372

8196

-2.10%

Macarthur District Soccer Football Association Inc.

7961

8082

1.52%

St George Soccer Football Inc.

7250

7293

0.59%

Southern Districts Soccer Football Association Inc.

7277

7014

-3.61%

Eastern Suburbs Football Association Inc.

6699

6977

4.15%

Granville & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

8566

5512

-35.65%

Bankstown District Amateur Football Association Inc.

5475

5284

-3.49%

Shoalhaven District Football Association Inc.

2403

2401

-0.08%

Wagga Wagga & District Amateur Football Association Inc.

1826

2106

15.33%

Orange & District Football Association Soccer Inc.

1880

1863

-0.90%

Dubbo & District Football Association Inc.

1738

1733

-0.29%

Bathurst & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

1447

1441

-0.41%

Lachlan Amateur Soccer Association Inc.

1362

1309

-3.89%

Highlands Soccer Association Inc.

1264

1244

-1.58%

Griffith & District Soccer Association Inc.

1271

1024

-19.43%

Albury Wodonga Football Association

1011

988

-2.27%

Lithgow & District Soccer Association

866

712

-17.78%

Southern Tablelands Football Association Inc.

684

703

2.78%

Far South Coast Football Association Inc.

787

680

-13.60%

Eurobodalla Football Association Inc.

587

639

8.86%

Western Plains Soccer Association

416

308

-25.96%

South West Slopes Soccer Association

420

268

-36.19%

Sydney Amateur League

520

244

-53.08%

Australian Chinese Soccer Association

273

217

-20.51%

-

-

-

173426

176656

1.86%

North West Sydney Women's Football Inc. TOTALS


FUTSAL REGISTERED PLAYER COMPARISON 84

2016 v 2017

2016

2017

% Change

17

0

-100.00%

Boomerangs F.S

112

136

21.43%

Botany Bay Pirates

121

0

-100.00%

Campbelltown City Quake

109

101

-7.34%

75

63

-16.00%

1643

*TBC

-100.00%

Dural Warriors

112

109

-2.68%

East Coast Heat

48

0

-100.00%

Eastern Suburbs Futsal Club

257

276

7.39%

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal

138

129

-6.52%

Enfield Rovers

97

105

8.25%

Epping YMCA

501

381

-23.95%

46

0

-100.00%

543

618

13.81%

Hornsby PCYC

41

0

-100.00%

Illawarra Futsal

0

412

-

Imperial Eagles

79

86

8.86%

Indoor 5's

365

256

-29.86%

Inner West Futsal

305

223

-26.89%

Inner West Magic

152

133

-12.50%

International Football School Futsal

170

397

133.53%

International Football School Futsal (State)

100

89

-11.00%

Just Futsal

719

748

55.08%

1079

468

-56.63%

Bayside Pirates FC (F-League)

Central Coast Dural Sports & Recreation

Galaxy FC (F-League) Hawkesbury YMCA

Lower Mountains Futsal *Numbers to be confirmed


Marrickville PCYC

327

44

-86.54%

Mascot Vipers

149

139

-6.71%

0

288

-

110

130

18.18%

Mt Druitt Town Rangers SC

91

91

0.00%

North Canberra Untouchables FC (F-League)

34

0

-100.00%

0

237

-

65

68

4.62%

Northern Beaches

0

3150

-

Orange PCYC

0

161

-

85

87

2.35%

145

144

-0.69%

Pittwater RSL

0

417

-

Primary Soccer

0

1142

-

Raiders Futsal Club

104

110

5.77%

Riverina Futsal

275

0

-100.00%

Riverstone Sports

372

336

-9.68%

Riverwood YMCA

321

0

-100.00%

Ryde YMCA

362

426

17.68%

Mid North Coast Mountain Majik

North Coast Futsal North Ryde Futsal Club

Parramatta Pumas Futsal Club Phoenix Futsal

South Brisbane Futsal Club (F-League)

50

0

-100.00%

144

138

-4.17%

0

84

-

Sydney City Eagles

112

128

14.29%

Sydney Futsal Club

95

165

73.68%

Sydney Olympic PA

0

119

-

The Football Factory

60

105

75.00%

132

130

-1.52%

17

0

-100.00%

143

218

52.45%

West City Crusaders FC

76

91

19.74%

Western Wolves

86

101

17.44%

10184

12979

27.45%

South Coast Taipans St Clair Leisure Centre

UTS Northside Futsal Club Vic Vipers (F-League) Wagga Futsal

Total

85


86

NUMBER OF CLUBS COMPARISON 2016 vs 2017 2016

2017

% Change

Albury Wodonga Football Association

6

6

0%

Australian Chinese Soccer Association

15

12

-20%

Bankstown District Amateur Football Association Inc.

21

21

0%

Bathurst & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

19

20

5%

Blacktown & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

23

23

0%

Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

24

26

8%

Central Coast Football

24

24

0%

Dubbo & District Football Association Inc.

16

15

-6%

Eastern Suburbs Football Association Inc.

25

27

8%

Eurobodalla Football Association Inc.

6

6

0%

Far South Coast Football Association Inc.

8

8

0%

Football South Coast

64

72

13%

Gladesville-Hornsby Football Association Inc.

32

29

-9%

Granville & District Soccer Football Association Inc.

28

23

-18%

7

7

0%

12

19

58%

12

-

13

14

8%

3

6

100%

Macarthur District Soccer Football Association Inc.

25

24

-4%

Manly Warringah Football Association Inc.

18

17

-6%

Nepean Football Association Inc.

32

32

0%

North West Sydney Women's Football Inc.

27

27

0%

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

32

31

-3%

Orange & District Football Association Soccer Inc.

17

16

-6%

Shoalhaven District Football Association Inc.

13

14

8%

5

4

-20%

37

38

3%

8

8

0%

St George Soccer Football Inc.

24

24

0%

State League Clubs (FNSW Competitions)

67

73

9%

Sutherland Shire Football Association Inc.

26

26

0%

Sydney Amateur League

21

11

-48%

Wagga Wagga & District Amateur Football Association Inc.

11

12

9%

7

6

-14%

716

733

3%

Griffith & District Soccer Association Inc. Highlands Soccer Association Inc. Hills Football Inc. Lachlan Amateur Soccer Association Inc. Lithgow & District Soccer Association

South West Slopes Soccer Association Southern Districts Soccer Football Association Inc. Southern Tablelands Football Association Inc.

Western Plains Soccer Association TOTALS


87

AWARD RECIPIENTS STATE AWARDS

CHARLES VALENTINE MEDAL

Ola El-Zahab

Bankstown District Amateur FA

Grant Foster

Bathurst District Football

Laurie Archer

Blacktown District Soccer FA

Maria Gissing

Canterbury & District Soccer FA

John Clayton

Paul Smith Sutherland Sharks Football Club

GEORGE CHURCHWARD MEDAL

Eastern Suburbs FA

Milco Stojanoski

Andy Favaloro Southern Districts Soccer FA

Football South Coast

Eamonn Donohoe

Granville & Districts Soccer FA

Lorraine Keay

Lithgow District Football

Jeremy Toivonen

Manly Warringah FA

John Churchward

Nepean Football Association

Paul Parks

FAIR PLAY AWARD Normanhurst Eagles Gladesville-Hornsby FA

North West Sydney Women’s Koalas

Graham Ferns

Southern Districts Soccer FA

Sok Mallios

St George FA

Keith Ward

Sutherland Shire FA

LIFE 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


2017 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

NSW WOMEN’S

2 NSW WOMEN’S

WOMEN’S STATE LEAGUE

ASSOCIATION YOUTH LEAGUE (AYL)

AGE GROUP

PREMIERS

CHAMPIONS

1st

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC

Manly United FC

20s

Sutherland Sharks FC

Sutherland Sharks FC

18s

Sydney FC

Sydney FC

16s

Sydney FC

15s

Mt Druitt Town Rangers FC

14s

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC

13s

Central Coast Mariners FC

1st

Marconi Stallions FC

Marconi Stallions FC

20s

Northern Tigers FC

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

18s

Central Coast Mariners FC

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

16s

Sydney University SFC

15s

Rydalmere Lions FC

14s

Dunbar Rovers FC

13s

Bankstown United FC

1st

Rydalmere Lions FC

TBA

20s

Fraser Park FC

Rydalmere Lions FC

18s

Dunbar Rovers FC

Dunbar Rovers FC

1st

Bankstown United FC

Camden Tigers FC

20s

UNSW FC

Nepean FC

18s

Camden Tigers FC

Bankstown United FC

1st

Macarthur Rams Womens FC

Manly United FC

Res

North West Sydney Womens Koalas

North Shore Mariners FC

17s

North West Sydney Womens Koalas

North West Sydney Womens Koalas

15s

Blacktown Spartans FC

Blacktown Spartans FC

13s

Emerging Jets

Macarthur Rams Womens FC

1st

Sydney Olympic FC

Bankstown City FC

Res

Sutherland Shire FA

Sydney Olympic FC

17s

Sutherland Shire FA

Bankstown City FC

15s

Marconi Stallions FC

Marconi Stallions FC

13s

Marconi Stallions FC

Marconi Stallions FC

1st

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC

SD Raiders FC

Res

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC

17s

Parramatta FC

Parramatta FC

15s

Western NSW Mariners FC

UNSW FC

13s

Western NSW Mariners FC

SD Raiders FC

16s

Central Coast Football

15s

Central Coast Football

14s

Sutherland Shire FA

13s

Football South Coast


FOOTBALL NSW FUTSAL COMPETITION

PREMIERS

CHAMPIONS

AWD FUTSAL LEAGUE

South Coast Taipans

South Coast Taipans

AWD FUTSAL LEAGUE 2

Phoenix Futsal Club

Raiders Futsal

Open Men

Inner West Magic Futsal Club

Inner West Magic Futsal Club

Open Women

Mascot Vipers

Mascot Vipers

PREMIER LEAGUE

PREMIER LEAGUE 2

STATE LEAGUE

AGE GROUP

Youth Men

Dural Warriors

Mountain Majik Futsal Club

17 Girls

Inner West Magic Futsal Club

Inner West Magic Futsal Club

16 Boys

Mascot Vipers

Mascot Vipers Inner West Magic Futsal Club

15 Girls

Inner West Magic Futsal Club

14 Boys

Inner West Magic Futsal Club

Dural Warriors

13 Girls

Mountain Majik Futsal Club

Mountain Majik Futsal Club

12 Boys

Mascot Vipers

Inner West Magic Futsal Club

Open Men

Campbelltown City Quake

Campbelltown City Quake

Open Women

Campbelltown City Quake

Campbelltown City Quake

Youth Men

Campbelltown City Quake

Campbelltown City Quake

17 Girls

Raiders Futsal

Raiders Futsal

16 Boys

Sydney City Eagles

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal

15 Girls

Phoenix Futsal Club

Phoenix Futsal Club

14 Boys

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal

13 Girls

Campbelltown City Quake

Campbelltown City Quake

12 Boys

Campbelltown City Quake

Phoenix Futsal Club

Open Men

SD Raiders FC

SD Raiders FC

Open Women

Central Coast Futsal Club

Central Coast Futsal Club

Youth Men

Central Coast Futsal Club

Central Coast Futsal Club

17 Girls

International Football School Futsal Club

Central Coast Futsal Club

16 Boys

Central Coast Futsal Club

Central Coast Futsal Club

15 Girls

International Football School Futsal Club

International Football School Futsal Club

14 Boys

Western Wolves Futsal Club

Central Coast Futsal Club

13 Girls

International Football School Futsal Club

International Football School Futsal Club

12 Boys

Central Coast Futsal Club

Central Coast Futsal Club


ARATAH Cup

roctor park

hallenge

ATHURST Cup

country

hampionships

OUNTRY CUP

OUNTRY CUP

STATE CUPS

FOOTBALL NSW CUPS & COMMUNITY FOOTBALL COMPETITION

AGE GROUP

CHAMPIONS

RUNNERS UP

Hakoah Sydney City East FC

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC

17 Girls

Bankstown City Lions

Marconi Stallions

15 Girls

Marconi Stallions

Gladesville Ravens

13 Girls

Albury-Wodonga FA

Marconi Stallions FC

12 Girls

NWS Koalas

Sydney Olympic

WARATAH Cup

proctor park

challenge

BATHURST Cup

STATE TITLES

country riverina

STATE TITLES

metro - north

STATE TITLES metro - SOUth

country championships

16 Boys

Albury-Wodonga FA

Belconnen

15 Boys

Football South Coast FA

Sutherland Shire FA

14 Boys

Sutherland Shire FA

Gladesville Hornsby FA

13 Boys

Football South Coast FA

Blacktown District FA

Lions FC

Western NSW Mariners FC

15 Boys

Met South

STATE TITLES STATE TITLES 14 Boys country western

country southern

STATE TITLES metro - EAST

STATE TITLESMet STATE TITLES East metro - far north

metro - far SOUth

13 Boys

Met North

16 Girls

City Central/West

14 Girls

Met West

STATE TITLES

city - north 15 Boys

STATE TITLES city - SOUTH

14 Boys

Western Branch

city - central/west

Riverina Branch

13 Boys U16 Girls

STATE TITLES

Western Branch U16 Girls

U16 Girls

16 Girls

Southern Branch

14 Girls

Southern Branch

15 Boys

Riverina Branch

14 Boys

Southern Branch

13 Boys

Western Branch

12 Boys

Western Branch

16 Girls

Southern Branch

14 Girls

Riverina Branch

12 Girls

Western Branch

CHERYL SALISBURY CUP

12 Girls

Gladesville Sharks Pink (North West Sydney Women’s)

Maroubra United (Eastern Suburbs)

FRANK BROUGHTON CUP

12 Boys

Shellharbour Junior FC (Football South Coast)

Winston Hills (Hills Football)

13 Boys

Castle Hill United (Hills Football)

Connells Point Rovers FC 1 (St George)

14 Girls

Fernhill Junior FC (Football South Coast)

Pittwater RSL FC (Manly Warringah)

14 Boys

Connells Point Rovers FC (St George)

St Patricks Sutherland (Sutherland Shire)

15 Boys

Camden Tigers FC 1 (Macarthur)

Lilli Pilli (Sutherland Shire)

16 Girls

Northbridge FC 1 (Northern Suburbs)

Leichhardt Saints FC (Canterbury)

16 Boys

Lourdes Football Club Inc (Blacktown)

Coniston Junior SC (Football South Coast)

17 Boys

Earlwood Wanderers FC (Canterbury)

Lilli Pilli (Sutherland Shire)

COUNTRY CUP

COUNTRY CUP


COMPETITION

AGE GROUP

CHAMPIONS

RUNNERS UP

18 Womens

Albion Park Soccer Club (Football South Coast)

Gladesville Ravens (North West Sydney Women’s)

18 Men

Kirrawee (Sutherland Association)

Winston Hills (Hills Football)

21 Men

Menai (Sutherland Association)

Mt Pritchard (Southern Districts)

O35 Men

Ourimbah United FC (Central Coast)

Baulkham Hills Football Club (Hills Football)

AA Womens

Albion Park Soccer Club (Football South Coast)

Northbridge FC (Northern Suburbs)

AA Men

Northbridge FC 1 (Northern Suburbs)

Lilli Pilli 2 (Sutherland Association)

12 Girls

Gladesville Sharks (North West Sydney Women’s)

Camden Tigers (Macarthur)

12 Boys

Forest Killarney FC (Manly Warringah)

Kemps Creek (Southern Districts)

13 Boys

Terrigal FC (Central Coast)

Bossley Sports (Southern Districts)

14 Girls

Killarney District SC (Central Coast)

Bonnyrigg FC (Southern Districts)

14 Boys

Forest Killarney FC (Manly Warringah)

Auburn District (Granville)

15 Boys

Fairfield Pats (Southern Districts)

CC Strikers (Manly Warringah)

STATE CUPS

ROBERTSON CUP

STATE CUPS

BILL CULLINAN CUP

CHAMPION OF

CHAMPIONS

CHAMPION OF

CHAMPIONS

16 Girls

Northbridge (Northern Suburbs)

AC United (Southern Districts)

16 Boys

Lourdes FC (Blacktown)

Macquarie Dragons (Gladesville-Hornsby)

17 Boys

WPH Cherrybrook (Gladesville-Hornsby)

SDW Hurricanes (Dubbo)

18 Womens

Gladesville Ravens (North West Sydney Women’s)

Narellan Rangers (Macarthur)

18 Men

Abbotsford JFC (Canterbury)

Glenmore Park FC (Nepean)

21 Womens

Epping FC (North West Sydney Women’s)

Thirroul JFC (Football South Coast)

21 Men

Menai Hawks (Sutherland)

Maccabi Hakoah (Eastern Suburbs)

O30 Womens

Mt Colah (Northern Suburbs)

Wakehurst FC (Manly Warringah)

O35 Men

Leichhardt Tigers JFC (Canterbury)

Springwood United FC (Nepean)

O45 Men

St Michael's (Northern Suburbs)

Engadine Eagles (Sutherland)

AA Womens

Albion Park SC (Football South Coast)

Miranda Magpies (Sutherland)

AA Men

Doonside Hawks FC (Blacktown)

Inter Lions (Canterbury)

FFA NATIONAL COMPETITIONS COMPETITION

AGE GROUP

CHAMPIONS

U12 Boys

Solomon Islands and Football NSW Metro Lightning

U13 Girls

Football NSW Metro Thunder

U13 Boys

Football NSW Metro Thunder

U14 Boys

Football NSW Metro Thunder

U15 Girls

Football NSW Metro Lightning

U15 Boys

Football NSW Metro Thunder

U16 Boys

Football NSW Metro Thunder

U17 Girls

Football NSW Metro Thunder

Open AWD Mixed

Football NSW Metro Thunder

U19 Women

Football NSW Metro Thunder

U19 Men

Football NSW Metro Thunder

U15 Girls

NSW Metro


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