U16 Girl’s Age Grade of the Football NSW State Titles

At their meeting on 2 April 2014 the Football NSW Board resolved to reintroduce the U16 age grade of the 2014 Football NSW State Titles.

The board determined that;

The competition will be conducted in the 2014 September / October school holidays
The competition will be open to participation by;
– Football Riverina
– Southern Branch
– Western NSW Football
– Up to 3 teams from metropolitan Sydney (geography to be determined by Football NSW considering current registrations of 16 girls in all FNSW Programs, Club and Grassroots competitions)

Background

Since 2003 Football NSW has conducted a State Titles tournament for girl’s age grades U12, U14 and U16.

After a recent review of Women’s Football in NSW, it was determined that, consistent with Football Federation Australia National Championships and Football NSW State Titles being utilised as the identification process for the Football NSW Institute and State Team, that Football NSW would conduct State Titles from 2014 onwards for the U12 and U14 age groups only.

The U12 and U14 ages grades would provide development and identification pathways to the U13 and U15 State Teams the following year. The U16 age grade would be discontinued as there was no “next step” for the players the following year as the Football NSW Institute ended after the U16 age grade.

This decision was recommended by the Football NSW Women’s Football Review and endorsed by the Football NSW Board at their meeting on 20 June 2013.

Subsequent to that decision, the Football NSW Institute program was expanded to include a U17 girl’s age group. This expansion was completed to align the Football NSW Institute program with the development goals of Football Federation Australia.

Rationale

Football NSW considered the following outcomes in deciding to reintroduce the U16 girl’s age grade of the Football NSW State Titles;
Providing an identification and development opportunity for U16 players to the U17 Football NSW Institute program
Providing opportunities for footballers in regional NSW
Providing opportunities for female footballers to participate and develop
Promoting the sport of football in regional NSW
This position was discussed and recommended by the Football NSW Women’s Standing Committee, and demonstrates our commitment not only to the engagement process with the committees that represent the football community, but also to the development opportunities provided to our talented players in Sydney metropolitan and NSW country regions.

We will be in contact further outlining the operational delivery of the competition. Should you have any questions relating to the competition please contact the following Football NSW staff member in the first instance:

Kim Burge
Competitions Coordinator
kim@footballnsw.com.au
02 8814 4444

Thanks for your continued support and development of Football in our State.


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