All football clubs on the North Coast have opened their registration systems for season 2022, which is just two months away.
Football is expecting another big year for the game. Already football is the largest team sport on the North Coast and is expected to grow in the years ahead.
Last year, North Coast Football (NCF) had a record-breaking year with more players than ever before. Australia’s staging of the Women’s World Cup next year and the Men’s World Cup this year is driving increased interest in the game.
More than five thousand people play football on the north coast in 24 clubs. Last year, more than 300 teams took to pitches up and down the north coast each week. Eighty per cent of players on the north coast are under 18, and nearly 30 per cent of all players are female.
The football registration system is now open for everyone wanting to play football. Players on the north coast range in age from five to over 60. There are competitions on smaller fields for children aged 5 to 11 while participants from 12 and up play on full-size pitches.
The NSW Government subsidises football registration fees for children by providing Active Kids Vouchers worth $100 to encourage children to play sport. This $100 covers the full registration fee for many teams, particularly for younger players.
The registration system is open for football on grass in the regular winter season at club grounds. In March, NCF will announce additional competitions on the new synthetic pitches in Coffs Harbour.
Comments by Andrew Woodward, General Manager, North Coast Football
The growth in football locally has been tremendous, and we’re looking forward to seeing even more players on the field in 2022. We’re expecting to see more clubs offer teams in new age divisions. We may also see some standalone girls’ competitions in juniors, whereas they were previously mixed.
Football offers something for everyone on the north coast. There are opportunities for competitive play, or you can just play socially with your friends. We have something for you no matter your age, sex, physique, and experience.
People interested in playing football can find out more at www.ncf.link/rego