Expressions of interest are now open for affiliated clubs looking to implement Summer Football in 2021-22.
Northern NSW Football has developed a number of off-season activities to provide people with more opportunities to play football, with an increasing number of players keen to participate over summer.
Summer Football is a revised format of the game with competitive or social football available.
Summer Football can be played for up to 20 weeks, commencing no earlier than 11 October 2021 and concluding by 14 March 2022. Summer Football can be held at any time between these dates as a post-winter 2021 competition or pre-winter 2022 competition.
Northern NSW Football Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said now was the time for clubs to sign up for Summer Football.
“Summer Football is a great way for competitive players to stay fit over the summer months but also a really good social outlet for community players as well,” Haynes said.
“It is essential that clubs submit an expression of interest so their Summer Football program can be officially sanctioned. It is easy to do and a really important part of the process.
“We can’t wait to see how many clubs and players take part in Summer Football this year. It promises to be the biggest Summer Football season yet.”
Any Summer Football competitions that run for eight weeks or more will allow eligible participants to use their Active Kids Voucher towards their registration fee.
Summer Football can be played in 5v5, 6v6 or 7v7 formats. It can also be offered to under-6s and 7s players with a 4v4 format applied in compliance with MiniRoos football.
Match duration is at the discretion of the competition administrator. This flexibility is provided given different constraints at venues including pitch availability, numbers of teams, age grades and players per teams.
Match time recommendations:
Age Grade Match Duration
Under-6s and 7s – 10-minute halves
Under-8s to 11s – 12-minute halves
Under-12s to 16s – 15-minute halves
Under-17s and older – 20-minute halves
A Summer Football interim sanction will be sent to eligible clubs by 15 September, allowing formal sanctioning to follow.
Expressions of interest, which close on Thursday 9 September 2021, can be made HERE.
More information can be found at northernnswfootball.com.au/competitions/summer-football