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    2015 Stadium Technical Requirements

    Dear Colleagues,

    I write to communicate an amendment to the Stadium Technical Requirements ahead of the 2015 football season.

    At their meeting on 1 May 2014 the Football NSW Board approved an amendment to the 2015 Stadium Technical Requirements relating specifically to stadium seating. Attached as Annexure 1 is a table outing the amendment to the requirement.

    In approving the change to the requirement, the board considered;

    • A review of the downwards trend in attendance at National Premier League NSW Men’s 1 first grade matches, dropping from an average in 2012 of 525 spectators to 297 in 2013 (against a minimum seating standard of 1,500 seats)
    • The significant current non-compliance to the requirements, with only 7 of the 12 NPL1 and 4 of the 12 NPL2 clubs meeting the criteria relevant to their respective leagues
    • The 2014 seating criteria created an artificial ceiling that obstructs promotion and relegation in senior football
    • Local Councils, who are the primary funding source for venue redevelopment, reluctance to invest in grandstand seating that is in the most part left vacant
    • Communicating a position to the football clubs, with advance notice to the 2015 season commencing, to allow decisions on facility funding to be made that results in investment to key football areas (i.e. quality of playing surfaces and floodlighting) rather than extensions to spectator seating that is surplus to attendance

    As the amendments apply specifically to the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 and 2 competitions, the topic was tabled for discussion by the Men’s Premier Competitions Standing Committee. The recommendation from the Standing Committee was for the proposed amendments to be recommended to the Football NSW Board.

    Should you have any questions relating to the Stadium Technical Requirements please contact your relevant Competitions Coordinator in the first instance.

    Kind Regards,
    Phillip Brown

    Head of Football
    Football NSW




    Stadium Technical Requirements (PB)

  • Football NSW Conference on the Game

    Football NSW Conference on the Game

    The latest audit of football participation in Australia shows that 1.96 million Australians are actively involved in the game as a player, coach or match official.

    The participation number is a 13% increase on a previous survey in 2010, which tallied 1.7 million people involved with the game.

    FFA CEO David Gallop said the latest figures shows that football is growing strongly at the community level and providing a vibrant base for the Hyundai A-League and Australia’s national teams.

    “The game’s simple beauty and reliance on skill rather than collisions makes it a natural choice for so many people in so many places,” said Gallop.

    “It’s the popular game for boys, girls, old and young, who are playing outdoor, indoor, in parks and fields and in clubs and schools. Football is flourishing across the Australian community and we’re delighted.”

    The gemba Active Sports Participation study (gASP), which surveys the Australian population between the age of 5 and 75, reveals that 960,000 people participate in organised football competitions, while another 1 million play in social, recreational and semi-organised ways.

    “The survey result confirms that football retains its status as the no. 1 team participation sport in Australia,” said Gallop.

    “Football has always had a huge playing base, but now the popularity is spilling over to the attendances, TV ratings and digital audiences for the Hyundai A-League and the Socceroos.

    “Today, the powerful idea that football could become Australia’s biggest and most popular sport overall is no longer just a dream. It’s starting to happen in significant steps forward.”

    FNSW Conference on the Game Survey Results | FNSW Conference of Game Presentation