Australia Cup Preliminary Round 2 and Round 3 draws released

Clubs from Football NSW associations and the League One and League Two Men’s competitions have learned their first steps on the road to qualification for the 2024 Australia Cup Round of 32. Pairings for 44 matches featuring association clubs in Round 2 have been confirmed, with the winners progressing to Round 3. Representatives from the…

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Johnson makes A-League Women’s debut

Football NSW assistant referee Alexis Johnson has achieved another milestone in her promising career, making her A-League Women’s debut on Saturday afternoon. Alexis was appointed to the match between Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar at Maitland Regional Sportsground, alongside referee Beth Rattray and fellow Football NSW representatives Maggie Price (assistant referee) and Molly Godsell (fourth…

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Proctor Park Challenge hits new heights for female referees

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The development of female match officials within Football NSW achieved a new milestone over the weekend, covering all 227 competition matches from the Proctor Park Challenge with all-female referee teams for the first time. “Having Proctor Park Challenge refereed entirely by females is something that we have been working towards for a few years now,”…

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Upcoming C and B Diploma Courses

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Registrations are still open for three C Diploma courses and one B Diploma course to commence in March. The main focus of the required coaching competency on the ‘C’ Diploma is on the technical aspects of the game, which includes teaching the techniques of passing, receiving, striking the ball and running with the ball, along…

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The Power of Analysis in Football Coaching

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Football coaching has evolved significantly over the years, and one of the key factors that has revolutionized the game is the use of analysis. Through data-driven insights and the use of video, coaches can gain a deeper understanding of their team’s performance, opponents, and individual player development. In this article, we will explore the importance…

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In The Technical Area with Zoe Anderson

Zoe is the current Under 15 Girls Head Coach at South East Phoenix FC.  When did you first start coaching and why? When I was 17, I started to coach because I wanted to inspire the young footballers of the south coast what it is like to coach and play at the same time whilst…

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Godsell takes next step in refereeing pathway

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Another Football NSW match official has been promoted to the national stage, with Molly Godsell becoming the third NSW referee to make their A-League Women’s debut this season. First picking up the whistle with Nepean Referees Group, Molly was elevated to the Football NSW Referee Development Panel before being selected for the Football NSW Referee…

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Football NSW Coach Education – January Wrap-Up

The Football NSW Coach Education team kicked off 2024 with a number of courses across the state, including three regional C Diplomas to further develop coaches outside of metropolitan Sydney. Valentine Sports Park played host to two C Diploma courses and two B Diploma courses, including the first all-female B Diploma delivered by Football NSW…

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Teaching and Football

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For those coaches who are school teachers, you will understand that there are many attributes of a successful teacher that are the same as those attributes required of a successful coach, and vice versa. After twenty years as a coach, I have recently had the opportunity to undertake a teaching degree. The teaching profession has…

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Kemps Creek Hybrid Dreams for Football Teams

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Kemps Creek United Soccer Club is reaping the benefits of the NSW Football Legacy Fund, having secured a $25,000 grant in Round 2 of the Infrastructure stream. The financial boost will be invested into the implementation of hybrid turf in heavily used areas of the fields at Bill Anderson Reserve, ensuring the Club can seamlessly…

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In The Technical Area with Steve Allen

Steven is the current Women’s Goalkeeper Coach at Nepean FC.  When did you first start coaching and why? I first started around 7 years ago taking up SAP and Youth league goalkeeping coaching at the club I finished playing out of , we saw the club had a need in the younger age groups to…

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Let Them Play!

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Any group of players will have a range of interests and abilities, just because players are of the same age does not mean that their desires and needs are the same. This creates a challenge for the coach. How does the coach provide the best experience for each of the players in their group? As…

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Upcoming Coach Education Courses

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Football NSW has confirmed details for two Foundation of Goalkeeping Courses and a Regional C Diploma, to be held in February and March. Foundation Of Goalkeeping Course Aimed at volunteer parents and coaches working with novice players or players aged up to approximately twelve (12) years old. This course is a prerequisite for the Goalkeeping…

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Football NSW Match Officials appointed to FIFA International Referee Lists

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Nine referees from Football NSW have been confirmed as part of Football Australia’s appointments to the 2024 FIFA International Referee Lists. In 2024, we will see five new NSW additions appointed to the lists: Ben Abraham (Referee) from Eastern Suburbs Football Referees Association and FNSW Referees Maddy Allum (Assistant Referee) from Canterbury Referees Association and…

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2024 National Futsal Championships Wrap

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Football NSW finished the 2024 National Futsal Championships in style, winning the Open Men and Open Women Grand Finals to secure the Member Federation Championship. Victories in both Open divisions were accompanied by titles for the Youth Men (Thunder), 13 Girls (Thunder), 16 Boys (Metro) and 15 Girls (Lightning), placing Football NSW ahead of Football…

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A-League Women’s debuts for local referees

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Promising Football NSW referees Mikayla Ryan and Isabella Mossin had a festive season to remember, making their debuts as referees in the A-League Women’s (ALW) competition. Mikayla Ryan began her refereeing journey on the Central Coast as a part of Woongarrah’s cadet program before completing her Level 4 qualification. Since then, she has progressed through…

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Gamifying Individual Challenges

One of the great challenges for us as coaches is how we can best give every individual the stretch and support they need while coaching the collective. This is particularly the case for coaches who do not have support staff and/or assistant coaches to provide the laser focus while the head coach takes care of…

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In The Technical Area with Rich Lacey

Rich Lacey is currently Youth Technical Director at Curl Curl Football Club. When did you first start coaching and why? I completed the English FA Preliminary Coaching Badge in 1993 encouraged by Andy Marchant my old PE Teacher as I was volunteering at my old secondary school (Dorothy Stringer in Brighton) and helping to coach…

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C Diploma course delivered with local associations

23 coaches made the next step in the Coaching Pathway after completing a C Diploma course, run by Football NSW in conjunction with Eastern Suburbs Football Association, Football Canterbury and Football St George. The course was conducted across several weeks in November at Australian Catholic University, with a focus on introducing key processes around how to…

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B Diploma Coaching Course heading to Goulburn

Football NSW will be hosting a B Diploma Course in Goulburn across multiple dates in 2024. Course Details Venue Cookbundoon Sporting Complex, Racecourse Road, Goulburn Course Dates March 8th, March 9th, March 10th (8:30am – 4:30pm daily) May 31st, June 1st, June 2nd (8:30am – 4:30pm daily) October 11th, October 12th, October 13th (8:30am –…

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Inaugural Foundation of Goalkeeping Coaching Course Confirmed

Football NSW are pleased to announce our first Foundation of Goalkeeping course for 2024 will be held in conjunction with Northern Suburbs Football Association at North Turramurra Recreation Area. The Foundation of Goalkeeping replaces the former Goalkeeping C Diploma and Goalkeeping Level One courses and is the first step onto the Goalkeeping Coach Education Pathway.…

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Final Coach CPD Event for 2023 confirmed for Football NSW

Football NSW will be hosting our final CPD event for coaches for the year at Valentine Sports Park. The evening will start with a workshop from Football Australia Technical Director, focusing on developing players through match day coaching. This is followed by a Football Australia Talent Development Match, where coaches can support the National Teams…

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C Diploma Coaching Course heading to Wollongong

Football NSW will be hosting a C Diploma Course in conjunction with Football South Coast in January/February 2024. Course Details Venue Ian McLennan Park, Kembla Grange Course Dates 20th January: 8.30am to 5.30pm 21st January: 8.30am to 5.30pm 27th January: 8.30am to 5.30pm 28th January: 8.30am to 5.30pm 3rd February: 8.30am to 5.30pm Registration Information…

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Futsal Premier League 2 Open Women’s Round 11 Preview

Round 11 in the Futsal Premier League 2 Open Women’s competition is another blockbuster edition which might help decide the location of the Premiership. There are also some important games to help shake out the rest of the top four. Let’s get onto the preview. Raiders Futsal Club vs West City Crusaders, Saturday 25 November,…

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Futsal Premier League 2 Open Men’s Round 11 Preview

Round 11 in the Futsal Premier League 2 Open Men’s competition is a big weekend for teams jostling for spots on the ladder. There are four games to enjoy on Saturday including a top four clash and the leaders on the road. Let’s get onto the preview. Raiders Futsal Club vs West City Crusaders, Saturday…

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Futsal Premier League Open Men’s Round 11 Preview

With three weeks of the regular season to go, there’s not a lot of room for error in the Futsal Premier League Open Men’s competition as we approach round 11. Four fixtures to look forward to for different reasons, let’s preview the weekend’s action. Mascot Vipers v Dural Warriors; Saturday 25 November, 5:20pm, Heffron Centre…

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Futsal Premier League Open Women’s Round 11 Preview

After nearly a full set of draws last weekend, our Futsal Premier League Open Women teams will be looking to go one better in their round 11 fixtures. A lot to look forward to, let’s preview the weekend ahead! Mascot Vipers v Dural Warriors; Saturday 25 November, 3:50pm, Heffron Centre Third plays fifth as Dural…

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Futsal Premier League Open Men’s Round 10 Review

Four of the top five sides emerged victorious in Round 10 action of the Futsal Premier League Open Men’s competition. A good weekend for sides pushing for a finals position, the finals race is heating up approaching the final four rounds. Mountain Majik Futsal Club 6-3 Mascot Vipers Mountain Majik continued their impressive run of…

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Developing the Goalscorer

As coaches often the one player we always searching for is the one that knows where the goal is and more importantly knows how to finish in it. But the question for us all is? How do we develop more of these players? There is no one way to score a goal, as we all…

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In The Technical Area with Labinot Haliti

Labinot Haliti is currently Head Coach and Technical Director at Sydney Olympic. Can you give us a an overview of your coaching journey thus far? I started coaching after my playing career finished here in Australia. During that time I have worked across different roles be it in youth development or in senior football at…

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Good Sports Awards 2023

Nominations are still open for the Good Sports Awards 2023! The Good Sports Awards are the ultimate trophy for any Good Sports club, paying tribute to the heart and soul of community sporting clubs – no matter their size or sporting code. The Awards recognise the strong clubs and dedicated people who are passionate about…

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Les Scheinflug named Coaching Conference Guest of Honour

Football NSW are proud to announce Australian Football Hall Of Fame Member Les Scheinflug as the 2023 Football NSW Coaching Conference Guest of Honour. Born in Germany in 1938, Les Scheinflug migrated to Australia in 1955 where he joined the Villawood Tigers and was also selected to play in the Southern Districts representative side. “The…

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Coaching Conference Speaker Confirmed: Andrew Logan

Football NSW are delighted to announce seven-time Olympic coach Andrew Logan as a guest speaker at the 2023 Football NSW Coaching Conference. Andrew Logan is currently Director Of High Performance at the New South Wales Institute Of Sport (NSWIS) in Sydney. His career has been a roller coaster journey that has included being national cycling…

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Coaching Conference Speaker Confirmed: Lili Bai

Football NSW are delighted to announce Lili Bai, AFC Head Of Women’s Football, as our second international guest speaker at the 2023 Football NSW Coaching Conference. As part of Bai’s current role as Head of Women’s Football for the Asian Football Confederation her job is to work closely with Asia’s 47 member associations to promote…

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Coaching Conference Speaker Confirmed: Louise McColl

Football NSW are delighted to announce Football Australia’s Community Technical Lead, Louise McColl, as a guest speaker at the 2023 Football NSW Coaching Conference. Louise started her official coaching journey back in 2005 whilst playing for Warrington Town Ladies FC in Northwest England. She moved to Australia in 2008 and started coaching junior teams in…

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