Football NSW prior to the commencement of the 2018 football season, replaced the Relative Age Effect (RAE) process for Youth Football with the principle of Biological Maturation.
The Biological Maturation principle allows for Players that are classified as late developers, to offset any physical disadvantage in relation to Players of typical or early maturation by playing down one age group.
Biological Maturation approval was provided by Football NSW to Players who underwent a Peak Height Velocity (PHV) assessment and were assessed as late developers.
In 2019 Football NSW will once again be commencing the same testing process, for numerous age divisions in the National Premier Leagues NSW Youth competition.
- NPL Boys Youth (U13’s, U14’s, U15’s, U16’s)
- NPL 2 Boys Youth (U13’s, U14’s, U15’s, U16’s)
- Association Youth League (U13’s, U14’s, U15’s, U16’s)
- NPL Girls Youth (U14’s & U15’s)
- NPL 2 Girls Youth (U14’s & U15’s)
- Girl Conference League (U14’s & U15’s)
Testing for the 2019 Season will be conducted by staff from The University of Western Sydney at Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood, across three (3) separate dates.
The dates are as follows:
- Friday, 31 August – Evening;
- Sunday, 16 September – Day; &
- Sunday, 23 September – Day.
Participants wishing to take part will need to complete the form which is located in the below memo from Football NSW. Any player who doesn’t complete the required documentation prior to attending one of the above dates, will not be permitted to participate in the days proceedings.
For more information please find the following memo, with further information click here