That’s all that the Sutherland Shire Football Association is charging members that register prior to Monday 21 February (‘Grading of Teams’) in registration for Season 2022.
But for a technical requirement, registration would have been completely free for Season 2022, according to SSFA Treasurer Giulio Di Stefano.
“We would have made it free, but you have to put a number in the PlayFootball system,” he explained.
“Whether you’re six-years-old or 66, you will only pay $1 for the SSFA portion of fees.”
The discount comes on top of almost $700,000 in refund for the 2021 season.
Given the average registration fee charged by SSFA is approximately $30 per player, Di Stefano said the Association estimates it is essentially rebating over $500,000 in fees to players for the new season, regardless of whether they are brand new players or returning players.
Di Stefano said the SSFA board felt it was the least they could do for the members who have made Shire Football one of the biggest associations in the country.
With over 19,500 members, more than 6,000 of which are female footballers, Di Stefano said the Association was in a strong financial position thanks to amazing growth in participation, as well as ongoing sound financial management which helped make the incredible decision to charge just $1 in registration fees for Season 2022 possible.
“It’s really something to try and give back to the players and get them back in 2022,” he said.
“The board has been totally supportive of it and we really just wanted to be able to give something back.
“It’s been a disrupted couple of years, especially in 2021 where we played the first nine rounds and essentially had to shut it down overnight.
“Some players didn’t even get to say goodbye to their coaches, team-mates and clubs.
“Thankfully, all of our clubs are well run and we were able to get some government assistance in the form of JobKeeper to help us keep our staff on board, so as an Association we survived COVID pretty well.
“Because of that, we’re able to offers these $1 registration fees for all players in 2022.”
With such exceptional value on offer, there’s never been a better time to get involved in football for the first time or to return after a disrupted 2021.
With 26 clubs, including Sutherland Titans Football Club – a club that provides opportunities to players with disabilities to participate in football programs and competitions – there is a club for every person in the Shire, regardless of age, gender, experience or ability.
To find your local club, head to https://shirefootball.com.au/affiliated-clubs/ and find a club for your footballing adventure in 2022.
Check out which clubs you can register for in the SSFA area below.