Football NSW provides the following information to assist clubs, officials, players and parents understand the relevant Anti-doping policies, prohibited substances, the affects of drugs and alcohol on athletes and prescribed and non-prescribed medications and supplements .


Vaping can pose a risk to our health and certain ingredients in vapes have been linked to lung injuries, and can increase the risk of nicotine poisoning if not used correctly or if accessed by children.

Some vapes contain nicotine and others don’t. Most contain a mixture of solvents, flavours, and other chemicals. Vapes that contain nicotine are only legal with a prescription in Australia, but nicotine vapes are commonly sold illegally at tobacconist shops, convenience stores and online to people without a prescription. Misleadingly, the packaging often doesn’t state if a vape contains nicotine, even though many do.

If you are concerned about the use of vapes or your child using vapes click here for more information.


Smoking is harmful, unhealthy and addictive, and interferes with your body’s ability to function. Smoking cigarettes has been linked to cancer and other health problems.

Smoking also causes your lungs to work less efficiently and prevents your lungs from absorbing the amount of oxygen your body needs to function. Tobacco smoke contains a chemical (carbon monoxide) that prevents the blood stream picking up oxygen.

Because smoking decreases the body’s ability to transport oxygen to those areas that need it when playing sport, people who smoke tend to have less endurance and find it hard to keep up high levels of fitness.

No Smoking at Sport Venues

Under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000, SMOKING (and Vaping) is prohibited in outdoor public areas, including:

  • Spectator areas at sports grounds used for organised sporting events
  • Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in outdoor public places;
  • Public swimming pools
  • Public transport stations, bus stops, ferry wharves and taxi ranks;
  • Within 4 metres of an entry to a public building
  • Commercial outdoor dining areas

Individuals have an obligation to comply with this requirement at sport venues and be considerate of others. Clubs have a responsibility to provide a smoke-free workplace for workers and volunteers and should ensure that adequate No Smoking signage is in place and that every effort is made to maintain a smoke free environment at sport venues for players, officials, spectators and visitors


If a club sells alcohol, regardless of if it is for only one event or on it is on a regular basis then it is important that the club applies for and receives the appropriate liquor license or NFP exemption. Once your club has its liquor license or NFP exemption it is vitally important that you comply with the conditions of the license or exemption at all times. NSW government the department of industry-liquor and gaming provides on their website all the information clubs need to know about their obligations when serving alcohol in NSW.