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Football needs a home

February 27, 2013 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media

Our message to political leaders

Monday, February 25, 2013

Help us to help the community by funding a Home of Football.

Football West, the state’s peak body for soccer, has reignited its campaign for financial support to build an administration base, centre of training excellence and small competition venue to keep up with the demands of a growing sport.

An online video featuring supportive messages from former Socceroos Stan Lazaridis and Bobby Despotovski, Perth Glory captain Jacob Burns, Matildas Katie Gill and Collette McCallum, West Coast Eagles champion Glen Jakovich and others, has been used to draw attention to the need for a Home of Football.

Initial conceptual designs have been drawn with preliminary estimates to build the Home of Football being about $25-30 million.

We are currently working with the Department of Sport and Recreation on its business model. Football West has already received in principle support for $500,000 from FIFA through its

‘Goal’ Program and we will be seeking support from the Federal Government as well as commencing our own fundraising activities.

We are now seeking a commitment from Government of $20 million.

Although the AFL stands alone commercially as the state’s biggest sport, Federal Government figures in 2010 identified soccer as WA’s most-played team game. According to the Australian Sports Commission’s Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey (ERASS), around 106,000 people played soccer compared to about 97,000 in Australian Rules football.

The clear conclusion from the ERASS findings is that the world’s most popular sport is also the game which engages most Western Australians in team-based sporting activity, providing significant health benefits to the state. Hundreds of thousands more people are involved in football as coaches, administrators, volunteers and fans from the grassroots to the game’s professional peak, further highlighting the sport’s broad community engagement.

Our game also reaches overseas where high achievers such as Socceroos Brad Jones, Rhys Williams and Nikita Rukavytsya are flying the WA flag.

Through our campaign, we will demonstrate the level of interest in the establishment of a Home of Football, which will have a positive impact on the entire Football Family and beyond.

We will be inviting members of the public to log on at and send a letter of support for our campaign to you and other political leaders.

We will maintain political neutrality but clearly expect football fans will respond to subsequent funding commitments by supporting the associated party in their particular electorate.

Football West’s strong belief is that regardless of the outcome of the State Election on March 9, the State Government should be aware of the positive outcomes the sport has consistently delivered, and the additional benefits to be gained from establishing a Home of Football.

Football headquarters would bring together all aspects of the code – including Perth Glory men, women and youth teams and Football West’s 250 clubs – under a single framework to better serve the game.

A Home of Football would include:

•A centre of excellence training complex, with several full-sized pitches, to
ensure the continued development of our local exceptional players

•The training facilities would also entice the world’s biggest clubs and national teams to Perth for friendly matches, providing tourism exposure and a financial return to the State

•Small venue with a capacity around 4000 spectators and artificial surface to be used for State League, Amateur, Junior and Schools matches, as well as Westfield W-League competition and Hyundai A-League pre-season games

•Education and training resource centre, including theatre and meeting rooms, for coaches, referees, administrators and volunteers seeking improvement from community development to elite

•Improved administration to guarantee

I. better delivery of all programs to its growing number of members

II. expansion of inclusive development programs, which cater for new migrants, people with disabilities and disadvantaged community members

III. cost-savings due to streamlined and more efficient organisation

•Community and corporate facilities

•Commercial/retail space for football-related outlets, potentially including physiotherapy and merchandise

•Dedicated display/museum area to connect with the game’s long WA history

In 2004, on the back of the establishment of a new national body now known as Football Federation Australia, and with the assistance and guidance of the Department of Sport and Recreation, Football West was established and has since projected and maintained a positive image for the sport.

It has also forged better working relationships with government departments and engaged successfully with the corporate sector.

The development of a new facility would further galvanise the game’s various facets, providing a united front and bringing cost savings and more efficient management across the board.

Football West applauds government commitment to sport and its willingness to invest in projects which encourage people to exercise at a time of increasing health concerns.

In recent years we have witnessed this infrastructure support for sports such as rugby union, basketball, netball, rowing, baseball and softball.

We have watched as others have benefited and we ask respectfully for football to be given its fair recognition.

Please reflect on the giant strides the sport has taken in recent years when considering the merits of a Home of Football to the wider community, and specifically the Football Family, which contributes greatly to this wonderful state.

Frank Longstaff passes on

February 27, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, History

Frank Longstaff passed on last night after several weeks in hospital. Condolences to his family. It’s great to see the football familys sentiments for Franks family.

During Franks time as WA women’s state team coach in 1994 and 1995, such players as Lizzy Claydon, Luch Colangelo and Tracey Wheeler passed through his reigns.

Frank recommended me to the then Matilda’s Coach Tom Sermanni for my shot at the dream.

Remember nearly killing the guy on one of our tours Reevesy, when we were throwing ‘flour’ bombs at him in the hotel, only to realise they were actually bicarbonate soda, after he started choking…. Damn hotel kitchens, nothing is labelled correctly or was it an after dark raid? Geez were we quiet after that! His comeback? ‘Live by the sword, die by the sword.’

What a character.

So long Coach.

Small Sided Games for junior girls aged 5-9

February 18, 2013 By: Penny Category: Competitions

These are the clubs that provide in house small sided football (Rooball). This means all games are hosted by the club without parents and children having to travel away to any games.

East Fremantle

Joondalup City

Kalamunda United

Melville City

Perth Hills United

Quinns FC

Swan United

For more information type in the club name in your web search engine or go to > outdoor > junior > girls

If there are other clubs please let me know!

Night Series fixtures Updated today

February 15, 2013 By: Penny Category: Night Series

With withdrawal of warnbro Strikers from the State League, the upcoming Night Series Fixtures have been reviewed.

Go to > outdoor > senior > night series

Healthy Club Grants Close February 15

February 14, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

Football West News

Applications open for healthy club grants

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), in partnership with Healthway, is offering grants of up to $3,000 for incorporated clubs playing during the 2013 winter season.

This funding for initiatives that increase the safety and health of clubs, and train and educate volunteers.

Applications close 5.00pm on Friday 15 February 2013.

Please visit the Healthy Club Opens external link in new windowwebsite for more information.

Every family needs a home

February 14, 2013 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media

The WA Football Family supporting Perth Glory. Photo: Getty

Friday, February 08, 2013

The WA Football Family needs a new home. Football West Chief Executive Peter Hugg explains why we need your support.

They say that sport and politics should never be mixed and, as much as possible throughout my career, I have tried to heed this general creed. However, one strong belief I do have, and will continue to communicate, is that government has a responsibility to fund sport and the associated community facilities because of the benefits they bring to society.

Thus, there are heavy political overtones in this week’s message, about which I warn you in advance, but make no apology for.

As I am sure readers would be aware, the Premier of Western Australia, Mr Colin Barnett, this week formally announced the State Election for March 9, thereby officially beginning the next four to five weeks of political campaigning and electioneering.

Forty years ago, at the Federal level, there was a national political campaign titled: “It’s Time.”
Today, we are adopting a similar theme, although our message to both sides of the political divide is that “Every family needs a home.”

Now is the time for the Football Family to get the home it deserves.

It’s time that our sport, football, the world game, and the most popular participant sport in the country and this state received the support it deserves.

It’s time that we had a state headquarters to house a centre of excellence for a sport that has produced such international stars as Stan Lazaridis, Chris Herd, Rhys Williams, Nikita Rukavytsya, Brad Jones, Katie Gill and Sam Kerr.

It’s time that our two key football bodies in WA, Football West and Perth Glory, had a professional administrative centre to accommodate the staff to administer the sport.

It’s time for the sport and its major clubs to have a facility and boutique stadium to call their own.

We are grateful to the State Government for the support we already enjoy but strongly believe it’s time for a greater commitment regarding a home for our game.

In this regard, it’s time for our sport to be granted the same key infrastructure benefits that sports such as athletics, swimming, rugby, basketball, tennis, netball, rowing, baseball, softball, gymnastics and others have in the past.

We often talk about the Football Family, which encompasses around 250,000 people, by conservative measures in this state. We talk about the great inroads that our sport has made in uniting the various factions and constituents, the many programs and activities that we run in the community and the many initiatives and cutting edge products that we have instigated and developed.

As CEO of this organisation, which consists of 37,000 registered members, 110,000 participants, and many more supporters and fans throughout the state, I commit to lobbying vigorously on behalf of the Football Family for our Home of Football.

Please join us on this campaign because, after all…


Peter Hugg
Chief Executive

The World Football Programme 107.9fm

February 14, 2013 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media

Penny Tanner and Pete Rowe talk 3 hours of football on the World Football Programme this Saturday on 107.9fm radio.
The NTC programme’s Jessine Bonzas chats women’s programmes and Night Series followed by mens Night Series Quarter Finalists Mandurah City FC’s Peter Smith in the first hour between 9-10am.
At 10am new Glory Coach and FFA Coach Alistair Edwards, injects us with his football enthusiasm after being at the Perth helm for only one week. At the top end of the table, Western Sydney Wanderers CEO Lyall Gorman glides in on the Wanderland bus at 10.30am.
Journalist Teo Pellizzeri reviews the Socceroos, Asian Champions League crash and burners and banters A League and Vitor Sobral from SBS finishes off 3 hours with European Champions League, English football and African Cup news.
If you havent drummed up your club song yet to win a prize from the WFP and Kelme, you still have 2 weeks. Email for more information on how to enter.
Text us on 0408921832 with your news and comments or share it on facebook.

Subiaco looking for Social Team Coach

February 14, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

The Subiaco AFC Soccer Club is seeking a motivated and suitably experienced volunteer coach for one of our Sunday Amateur Women’s Social Team.

The successful applicant will be required to coach the Women’s Division 4 team. It is anticipated that the chosen coach will work closely with the Division 2 coach as and when required. You must be able to attend training on Monday and Wednesday nights as well as attend games on Sunday during the 2013 Soccer season.

The club, based at Rosalie Park in Subiaco, is considered one of the best football clubs in Perth with a history that dates back over 100 years. With numerous junior, 10 men’s and 4 women’s teams the club is well placed for a strong future.

If you are interested in applying please email a one page bio to or call Andrea Ahearn the Subiaco AFC Women’s VP 0408 152 826 for more information.

Melville Metro team looking for players 2013

February 14, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

Social third division squad looking for a few more players to join fun group of ladies all ages.

Training is Tuesday nights at 6pm and Sundays usually at the beach or pool. Games are Sundays at Len Shearer Reserve Booragoon. The season starts after Easter.

Contact super Coach Gary Crerie 0405811077 to check the preseason training schedule venues and programmes.

Enjoy a great atmosphere of fitness, learning and mateship.

The ladies are currently playing indoor football at Melville Striker and you can be a part of that too!

Clubs looking for players- where to advertise

February 14, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

Local respected web sites your club can put a notice for players:

1. > community > club noticeboard

If you’re on Facebook,you can also post any Club News direct to the Football West page at – become a fan today! 

Otherwise use the Opens internal link in current windowContact Us page and select Club Noticeboard as the department.


All submissions for this page should be sent to

3. Here! Just email