NSFA with the support of Female Football Working Group are focusing on providing a positive experience for our female players. NSFA What’s Best For Her vision is to have the highest number of female participants. Specifically, we are looking to increase players retention to 75% we have gone from 64% to 72% in the last 3 years. We strive to reach 32% representation.
Please see details below on initiatives and programs available for NSFA Female Players.
G6/G7 Hub Program
NSFA have introduced a flexible Sunday morning G6 and G7 program, wiht the main aim of inspiring each girl to love football.
The flexible and accessible format allows players from all NSFA clubs to participate regardless of the number of players registered and allowing participants to join at any point during the season.
2023 Hub Structure
NSFA encourages flexibility of players playing in club teams, all players will be catered for regardless of numbers and teams – games could be 4v4, 3v3, 2v2 to ensure players are playing.
There will be a XLR8/NT role models on the ground supporting the club champions facilitating the player experience. They will assist the Club Coaches with their ball mastery activities developing the player’s confidence with the ball. Then using the Dribl draw, the players will break into games.
We have split the association into North and South hubs with the focus being on the individual player. We have seen great growth from year one to year three therefore the program will continue to evolve to ensure continued growth as well as positive player experience.
North Hub 9am to 10am
- G6 alternate between Foxglove and Auluba
- G7 alternate between Montview and Auluba (Karuah will resume June 2023)
South Hub 9am to 10am
- G6 and G7 alternate between Toolang and Bales Park
Players are welcome to attend during the season to experience the program to find the Hub draw LINK
We still have girls playing in the mixed Miniroos on a Saturday morning and encourage players that wish to do so. The Sunday morning program is an alternative program to cater to more players. Note it operates differently to mixed Miniroos format.
Sapphires (G8 to G11)
The aim of Sapphires is to provide a positive and engaging environment that allows the player to fall in love with the beautiful game.
- Focus is Fun and Engagement
- Matches on Sunday mornings
- Games will be looked to be hubbed
- Regrading and flexibility will be taken to ensure the players are enjoying the game
- NSFA will host Sapphires Coach Education Opportunities
- Sapphires will have gala days throughout the season
In line with creating opportunities for players to love the game and keep playing, NSFA will look to host a Sapphires Gala Day during the season.
Besteam Diamond League
The aim of Diamond League is to provide a quality level of competition to our players by implementing minimum coaching and training standards, while underpinning our Northern Tigers FC representative teams in the NPL New South Wales competitions.
Diamond League operates across the following age groups: G12, G13, G14/15, G16 and G18.
Diamond League is proudly supported by Besteam Sport, who have provided all 2023 players with a FREE Diamond League training jersey.
Click here to view the list of 2023 Diamond League clubs.
The NSFA Women’s Premier League is the highest level of competition within the NSFA region and consists of eight teams in 2023:
- North Sydney United
- Northbridge A
- Northbridge B
- Turramurra United
- University Technology Sydney
- West Pymble
NSFA Women’s Select
Each year the best of NSFA Women’s Premier League take on their counterparts from Manly Warringah Football Association in a pre-season fixture. Since first introducing the concept in 2018, five matches have been played:
- 2018: MWFA Win
- 2019: MWFA Win
- 2020: NSFA Win
- 2021: NSFA Win
- 2022: MWFA Win
- 2023: MWFA Win
Women’s Over 35s
Currently NSFA offers a Women’s Over 35s competition but aims to introduce separate Overs 30s and Over 40s competitions in 2023 to better align with the needs of our players.
In order to create sustainable competitions, clubs and NSFA staff have identified a milestone of 250 players aged 30-39 is required to establish sufficient depth in the Over 30s competition.
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XLR8 Development Programs
Our wide variety of XLR8 programs allows participants to experience football in an inculsive and supportive enivornment from the age of 4 to Over 35s! Our female football programs are based around the NSFA’s What’s Best for Her Strategy, providing programs that are inclusive, empowering and enjoyable to all female players.
Our female coaches are committed to the growth of the female game and strive to provide a coaching environment that is empowering to its players. As well as providing opportunities to our female players, XLR8 aims to provide opportunities to grow and develop our female coaches and grow their love and knowledge of the game.
The Skellern Cup intends to promote the continued growth of primary school aged girls participating in our weekly competitions. The event aspires to celebrate girls playing football, bringing together regular players and non-players to showcase the inclusiveness, enjoyment and camaraderie football as a sport provides.