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Football is the biggest participant sport in Australia, with more registered players than all the other football codes combined, and one of the few organised sports which continues to grow. It can be played by anyone from under 5 to 75 and embraces multi-culturalism like no other sport.

Football in NSW extends far beyond the elite level as the sport has significant health, economic and social benefits for the entire community.

Football NSW plays a key role in Football Federation Australia’s plan to be the number one national sport in 20 years by maintaining a safe and secure environment for all who want to play football and nurturing the prospects of the sport in partnership with member associations and clubs, all levels of government and other stakeholders.

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It is Football NSW’s responsibility to provide adequate spaces to play and meet the ongoing challenges of ensuring there are sufficient facilities to meet growing demand. That requires a robust strategy of maintaining quality playing fields, developing new playing surfaces, managing existing infrastructure and establishing new facilities such as change rooms and clubhouses for all footballers, particularly females who now make up a quarter of all players.

With that in mind Football NSW has now produced a number of Facilities Guides, building on our strategy to deliver sustainable and vibrant football facilities into the future.

It’s another valuable resource that will continue to strengthen partnerships and shape our approach to developing football infrastructure and the services it provides.

We look forward to your continued support of our vision.
Together we can grow the game and enhance the total football experience.

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ABOUT THE GUIDES

The Facilities Guides have been prepared by Football NSW to provide guidance to football clubs and associations and local councils regarding football facilities development projects.

The Guides have been developed in order to provide stakeholders with quality, consistent information regarding the planning and development of football facilities.

Improving community football facilities and places to play is a key focus area of Football NSW and one the sport views as vitally important to not only meet growing demand but encourage more people to participate in football.

In addition, providing welcoming, sustainable and quality football environments, that are well managed and operated, is a key strategic driver of the Football NSW Facilities team. Supporting clubs, associations, local councils and other stakeholders to deliver these environments is critical to their and our success.

The facility planning process is an essential element of providing quality football facilities that can continually meet the needs of club members, participants, administrators, coaches, facility operators, local councils and communities.

Planning the development of a new, or improving an existing football facility, is an involved process that will take time, effort and resources. Involving stakeholders, communicating with local councils, combining club member skills and engaging professional services are all important steps to consider.

Vision

Football NSW will be a unifying leader promoting the global appeal of football in NSW and supporting FFA in making Australia a world class football nation.

Mission

Football NSW will grow, develop and promote the game by supporting our members, stakeholders and football family through effective governance, strong leadership. Transparent communication, professional administration and clear strategic direction.

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The Football NSW Facilities Guides provide information and processes
for a range of typical football club facilities projects.

These Guides will assist with:

  • new facility development
  • field construction or redevelopment
  • field maintenance
  • water and sustainability initiatives
  • lighting installation
  • fence building or replacement, and
  • clubhouse and change room development, refurbishment or extension.
Development of the Guides is a key outcome of Football NSW’s commitment to:

  • improve the quality of the experience delivered by football facilities
  • help fund improvement of football infrastructure
  • encourage and support the development of new facilities where they are needed most
  • monitor, maintain and improve field and facilities standards
  • lead partnerships to develop multi-use community hubs