Women’s and girls’ football in the NSFA is administered by the NSFA Competitions department. This is split into the following:
- All-Age (Divisions 1-4)
- Over-35’s (Divisions 1-3)
- Over-30’s 6-a-side
- Diamond League (G12, G14, G16 and G18 Divisions)
- Girls’ Competitions (G12, G14, G16, G18)
- Sapphires (Girls’ Non-competition – G8, G9, G10, G11)
All of these various formats, aside from Sapphires, are contested in a regular league season, with the top team in each division crowned as premiers for the year.
Any enquiries about Women’s and Girls’ football can be directed to Adam Cloughton – firstname.lastname@example.org
U8 to U11 Sunday football has been rebranded as Sapphires. 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
- Sunday games will be looked to be hubbed
- Regrading and flexibility will be taken to ensure the players are enjoying the game
- Inspire will have a Sapphires curriculum
- NSFA will host Sapphires Coach Education Opportunities
- Sapphires will have gala days throughout the season
Please note all girls’ teams that fall in this age bracket will be involved in Sapphires 2020. Sapphires will play a critical role in the future of Diamond League as it’s where we will increase the depth of female players.
Football is the fastest growing female participation sport in the country. With this in mind, NSFA decided that there needed to be a development pathway for girls who wanted to take their football more seriously. Diamond League was the answer; this competition has been specifically designed for girls who want to take their football to the next level.
Diamond League is a girls-only competition that will enable girls to develop their technical football skills and “football confidence” far more quickly in a girls-only environment. The competition was created to bridge the gap between representative football and club football with access to highly accredited coaches.
Diamond League now operates across the G12, G14, G16 and G18 age groups with further expansion expected in the years to come.
The following Diamond League clubs will be given first priority to enter teams across these four age groups:
- Chatswood Rangers FC
- Hornsby Heights FC
- Kissing Point FC (combined with Turramurra United)
- Lindfield FC
- Northbridge FC
- North Sydney FC
- Turramurra United (combined with Kissing Point)
- West Pymble FC
In 2016 the NSFA made the progressive step to move the G12 competition to a 9v9 small sided format to coincide with the development philosophies outlined in the National Football Curriculum and to align with Football NSW SAP protocol.
The focus on development has already delivered the association an impressive array of high quality outcomes.
In 2015 Diamond League teams won the State Cup, Kanga Cup and Champion of Champions competitions. An outstanding achievement. No other association has ever achieved a trifecta of wins in these competitions in the same year and it provides us with ample evidence that Diamond League is a successful formula. In last year’s State Cup five of the eight Quarter Finalists were all Diamond League teams.
Diamond League has proven to be the development pathway that was originally envisaged, and in 2016 multiple players from the Diamond League program are now playing representative football for Northern Tigers.
As an association, NSFA is proud to be leading the developmental pathway for girls-only football with the Diamond League competition. Football NSW has also recognised the significance of this amazing girls-only competition and will be using NSFA’s Diamond League model to roll out to other football
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