Sydney FC’s Football Association Partners
Across the course of the year, Sydney FC proudly partners with eight community football associations to engage and deliver experiences for local participants from our heartland in Sydney, creating a stronger connection between grassroots players and the A-League Men & Women.
Each partnership is bound by an MOU encompassing five key pillars: Participation Programs, School Programs, Participant Experiences, Pathways and Local Area Content.
Please find a list below of all of our association partners and their location across Sydney. If you’d like to find your local football club, please visit the association’s website to view clubs in their region.
Football Canterbury was formed in 1922 with its first season of operation being 1923. The Association covers the inner west region of Sydney. The Association has clubs based in the Inner West, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury Bankstown and Strathfield government council areas and a part of the City of Sydney. The Association has in excess of 16,500 persons involved in football in its geographic region ranging from players in the Under 6 to Over 45 competitions together with the various officials at all levels, competitions cover all age groups in both men’s and women’s football.
Eastern Suburbs Soccer Football Association:
The Eastern Suburbs Football Association Inc. (ESFA) is the delegated authority governing football in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. ESFA aims to develop football for the entire community; irrespective of age, colour, gender and disability. ESFA represents the largest active sports community in the Eastern Suburbs. They promote, manage and regulate the game within the region and assist to enhance, develop and grow the world game of association football, at all levels, in Australia. ESFA continues to increase participation in football across the various sections of the game and provide opportunities for all participants, including; players, coaches and referees to compete locally, regionally, nationally and on the world stage.
Football South Coast:
One voice leading the number one sport in the South Coast region, providing inclusion, engagement and growth for the football community. Football South Coast (FSC) was established in 2008 as a unification of all soccer associations and governing bodies in the area. The merger involved key associations: Illawarra Football Association (IFA), Illawarra Junior Football Association (IJFA), Illawarra Amateur Football Association (IAFA), South Coast Wolves, Futsal, Illawarra Women’s Football Association (IWFA), the Illawarra Stingrays and the Referee’s Association.
Manly Warringah Football Association:
Manly Warringah Football Association Inc. (MWFA) was formed in 1947 and is the governing body for football (soccer) in the Manly Warringah area, incorporating over 18,500 football participants. MWFA is responsible for the organisation and delivery of amateur football competitions across the entire Northern Beaches and Mosman Local Government areas from Under 6 through to over 45s, for men and women.
Northern Suburbs Football Association:
Formed in 1957 as the Ku-ring-gai & District Soccer Association, the NSFA runs football competitions across men’s, women’s, mixed, boys and girls divisions for its 30 member clubs, which range from Brooklyn on the banks of the Hawkesbury River down to North Sydney United on the northern shores of Sydney Harbour. At its heart, the NSFA is driven by its key objective of making football simple, fun and rewarding for all players, coaches, referees and volunteers.
North West Sydney Football:
In 2019, the member clubs of Gladesville Hornsby Football Association and North West Sydney Women’s Football Association (NWSWF) agreed to a merger between both associations to form North West Sydney Football from 1 October 2019. The association consists of 34 clubs from Gladesville through to Hornsby and the Hills District for all genders and age groups ranged from Under 6s to O45s.
Football St George:
Football St. George was established in 1924 and is a community based organisation representing 23 member Clubs across the Hurstville, Kogarah and Rockdale Local Government Areas (LGAs). Their goal is to grow, develop, promote and service football for the 11,000+ active participants in the region.
Sutherland Shire Football Association:
Sutherland Shire Football Association is the largest football Association of any code in Australia, they foster and develop Football in the Sutherland Shire in its various formats at both a grassroots and representative levels. They continue to be the largest sporting Association in the Southern Hemisphere with over 19,000 players to take the field in one year.