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Skills Aquisition Programme Open Coaching Sessions

June 30, 2014 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard


SAP WORKSHOP 3: First Touch on MONDAY 28th July 2014 from 5.00 to 6.30pm
SAP WORKSHOP 4: Striking the Ball on SATURDAY 16th August 2014 from 10.00 to 11.30am

Both workshops conducted at Celebration Park in Balga (Rochester Circle, Balga).

RSVP to by Monday 21st July 2014 including your name, club and the team junior girls team that you currently coach. We would prefer you attend both workshops but understand that coaches may only be able to attend some. Feel free to contact me with any other queries or further details.

Two clubs will get the opportunity through a random draw to be selected for their junior girls team to attend and participate in a SAP training session. One team will train with and alongside the U10 and the other with the U12 SAP team.

Girls Kick and Try Day July 18

June 30, 2014 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard


DATE: Friday 18th July 2014 (School Holidays) TIME: 10.00am to 12.00noon
WHO: Girls aged 8 to 12 years
WHERE: Gibbney Reserve, Maylands

BRING: Suitable gear to participate in football activities and a small sided soccer game

eg shorts, t-shirt, soccer boots or runners, water bottle, asthma medication if required. Please dress appropriately for the weather eg sunscreen if hot and rain jacket if wet.

RSVP: by Monday 14th July 2014

Beautiful: Teaching Girls Soccer the Boston Breakers Way (Boston Breakers Kickstarter Video)

June 28, 2014 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media, World Football

Brought to you by The Word Syndicate

Here’s the video link for the full documentary-

Here’s the link for the short You Tube video-

Information on the documentary————-

Soccer has big benefits for girls. Risks too: concussions, bad coaching & blown ACLs. This film explores the right way to teach it.

“Beautiful: Teaching Girls Soccer the Boston Breakers Way”

The Word Syndicate, a Massachusetts-based production company, is teaming up with the Boston Breakers, one of America’s premier women’s professional soccer teams, to produce a groundbreaking new film for girls called “Beautiful: Teaching Girls Soccer the Boston Breakers Way.”

Please remember: Kickstarter funding is all or nothing – if we don’t reach our fundraising goal in 30 days, “Beautiful” will not be made.

Girls soccer:

America is on top of the world when it comes to women’s soccer. US Women’s National Team stars like Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Hope Solo are regular favorites to win Women’s World Cups and Olympic gold medals.

In fields and parks across the country, millions of girls are playing the game. On any given day, a girls’ team may be playing on one field, while a team of boys is playing on the one next door. The games look nearly identical in most respects – a ball, two goals, cleats, shin guards, jerseys. Sometimes it’s only the ponytails that give it away.

Maybe that’s one of the reasons that there are so few resources for coaches and parents specifically about coaching and parenting girls who play soccer.

What we’re doing:

I’m passionate about soccer. I recently joined a health club solely because the televisions on the elliptical machines get an obscure cable channel that televises Italian and Spanish professional games.

But as much as I love watching Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, I love the women’s game even more. To me it’s truly the beautiful game. It’s more honest (less diving) and often played with more passion. And as the father of three daughters, what I love most about it is the sight of strong, confident women achieving collaborative greatness and competitive success in the greatest team sport in the world. In myriad ways, those women emulate the qualities I hope to instill in my own daughters as they grow.

Soccer offers huge benefits for girls. I’ve seen it myself on the practice field – the self-confidence, the friendships, the joy taken in hard work and achievement. And those are just the results you can see. Studies show that girls who play soccer and other sports reap benefits that stay with them throughout their lives, including:

  • Better grades in school
  • Better jobs after college
  • Lowered risks of obesity and other health problems
  • Lowered likelihood of involvement in early sexual activity

But girls’ soccer also has a lesser-known dark side. Young female players are different from boys in fundamental ways, both physically and psychologically – and the failure to address those differences has led to a rash of problems. Here are just a few:

  • Girls who play soccer are more likely to suffer a serious concussion than any other young athlete except boys who play tackle football (more than boys who play soccer, lacrosse, or hockey).
  • After puberty, girls are as much as six times more likely to suffer a serious knee injury (ACL, MCL) injury than a boy playing the same sport.
  • Inappropriate coaching and competitive pressure to win and train harder and longer are resulting in higher rates of burnout and girls quitting, potentially depriving them of a lifetime of benefits.
  • The top women’s coaches in the world all say that girl athletes process information and feedback very differently from boys – but that those differences aren’t widely understood or regularly incorporated into youth coaching.

Too often, adults approach girls’ soccer as if it were the same as the boys’ game, or coach it the same way their high school coach coached them.

“Beautiful: Teaching Girls Soccer the Boston Breakers Way” will explore the unique characteristics of the young female athlete, and examine proactive approaches to teaching girls the game the right way and to avoiding pitfalls like injuries and burnout.

Aspects of the female athlete that are misunderstood can often be turned into advantages. Because girls mature socially faster than boys, they care more about their social standing in a team structure. Because they’re reluctant to stand out, they may seem less competitive. But when that early social development can be focused and harnessed for the good of the team, it turns into a powerful tool for collective success.

“Beautiful” will explore techniques for teaching the whole girl, the entire person, not just the player.

Because of parents and coaches are the primary influences for girls who play soccer, and because of the wealth of information we’ve found in our search, each DVD will include two versions of “Beautiful.” One will focus on information and advice most relevant to parents, while the other will be specifically geared toward coaches.

Who we are: Boston Breakers

The Boston Breakers are one of the oldest top-level women’s teams in the US and one of the original women’s professional franchises.

Since they were established as one of the charter members of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), the Breakers have feature some of the top players on the planet on their roster, including US National Team legend Kristine Lilly and stars Amy Rodriguez, Heather Mitts, Amy LePeilbet, Lauren Cheney and Rachel Buehler, as well as international stars Kelly Smith (England) and Maren Meinart (Germany). The Breakers coaching staff has been led by luminaries such as Pia Sundhage and Tony DiCicco.

The current team will compete in the newly-launched National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), which is being supported by the national soccer federations of the US, Canada and Mexico. The roster features current and former US National Team members Sydney Leroux, Heather O’Reilly and Cat Whitehill and Canadian National Team star Rhian Wilkinson, and star Australian striker Kyah Simon.

As part of a renewed commitment to promoting a healthy and development-oriented approach to girls’ soccer, this year the team established the Boston Breakers Academy for girls ages 8 through 12. The Academy focuses on the skills of the game, developing an appreciation for sport and a positive work ethic, and teaching basic principles that lead to success on the field and off.

Members of the current team and Head Coach Lisa Cole will be contributing to “Beautiful,” appearing alongside nationally-recognized experts in positive coaching techniques, sports medicine and girls’ athletics.

Who we are: The Word Syndicate (Ralph Ranalli)

I’ve been a writer and content producer my entire adult life. Before founding The Word Syndicate, I was a television producer for PBS (WGBH-Boston), a multimedia producer and journalist for and the Boston Globe, and a newspaper reporter and author. I am also an adjunct professor of digital journalism at Emerson College.

I have a track record of throwing myself into projects and causes that interest me and that I care deeply about. For part of my career I covered organized crime and wrote a book (“Deadly Alliance”) about the FBI’s organized crime informant program. I co-founded a First Amendment advocacy project that held public events raising awareness about threats to free speech and expression.

Now I’m a multiplatform storyteller for clients who are mostly nonprofits, including an agency that works with developmentally disabled adults, a regional skin cancer foundation, and a nonpartisan political think tank that promotes research-based, collaborative public policymaking. As a video producer, I specialize in buzz-worthy content and my projects have included a parody of the opening scene of “The Godfather” with Boston Mayor Tom Menino in the Marlon Brando role.

In the soccer world, I am the president of Newton Girls Soccer, the largest girls-only, nonprofit, town-based soccer program in New England. I have three daughters ranging in age from kindergarten to U12, who I have coached since they were old enough to play.

Where your money goes:

In addition to sweet rewards, you will receive the satisfaction of knowing that a talented team of videographers, producers, animators and graphic artists will be putting your donation to work on a truly groundbreaking film project. We also need funding for location and equipment rentals, footage and music licensing fees, web hosting, promotion and DVD production cost.

Thanks for your support.

Ralph Ranalli, Principal and Executive Producer, The Word Syndicate

Lee Billiard, General Manager, Boston Breakers

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

W.C. Fields once famously said: “One should never work with animals or children.” Well, we’ve got the animals part covered, but we will be working with a bunch of kids whose dream is to win the Ballon d’Or, not an Oscar. It’s worked out OK so far, but you never know. We will also have to juggle production around the busy schedule of a professional soccer team trying to train hard, be competitive, and build a new professional league all at the same time.

Have your say on women’s football

June 22, 2014 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Women's Standing Committee

Elisa D’Ovidio in action for Perth Glory Women against Melbourne Victory’s Katie Hoyle. Photo: Getty Images.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Women’s football will be in the spotlight at a public forum to be facilitated by Football West Board member Janette Spencer at E&D Litis Stadium on June 28.

Perth Glory Women coach Jamie Harnwell, National Training Centre coaches Elisa D’Ovidio and Jessine Bonzas and Football West Chief Executive Peter Hugg will be among guests at the function, which will explore all aspects of the WA women’s game.

The second Women’s Football Forum comes on the back of the success of the inaugural event in December last year.

Topics of discussion include the women’s strategic development plan, dealing with young female adults, engaging young girls in the game, the Skill Acquisition Program and the impact of girls playing in boys’ teams.

The forum runs from 9am to 12pm.

For further information or to express your interest in attending this important event, please contact stating your name and your club, if applicable.

Football West Women’s Standing Committee Members

Representative Mobile No Email Address
Penny Tanner-Hoath 0408 921 832
Treasa Young
Emma Smith
Conrad McKelvie
Alexis Pelham
Dave Scragg
Leo Coppens
Helen Lumley
Jessine Bonzas 0400 228 121
Elisa D’Ovidio 9422 6922

Aussies go ninth, Swiss reach personal best

June 20, 2014 By: Penny Category: World Football

( Friday 20 June 2014

Aussies go ninth, Swiss reach personal best

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The latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking shows some movement in almost every confederation following qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ and for continental championships.

The top three of USA, Germany and Japan are unchanged and there has been only one alteration in the top ten, with Australia rising to ninth at the expense of Korea DPR (11th, down 2). Close on their heels are China PR (13th, up 3), who have reached their best position since 2011, while Denmark (15th, down 2) are still in freefall, having sunk to their lowest position since the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking was introduced.

On the back of their qualification for the Women’s World Cup for the first time, Switzerland have entered the top 20 by climbing from 22nd to 19th, achieving their best-ever ranking in the process.

The results of 154 matches have been taken into account for the current edition of the women’s ranking. Along with Switzerland, Austria (26th, up 3), Côte d’Ivoire (61st, up 7), Bosnia and Herzegovina (71st, up 9) and St Kitts and Nevis (110th, newly ranked) have all climbed to their highest-ever positions.

In addition to St Kitts and Nevis, eight other teams have returned to the ranking after lengthy periods of inactivity: Cuba, Suriname, Puerto Rico, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and Aruba. However, Trinidad and Tobago, Congo DR, Armenia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bhutan are no longer in the list, which brings the total number of ranked teams to 124.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 19 September 2014.



USA (unchanged)

Moves into top ten

Australia (9th, up 2)

Moves out of top ten

Korea DPR (11th, down 2)

Matches played in total


Most matches played

China PR (9)

Biggest move by ranks

Bosnia and Herzegovina (71st, up 9)

Biggest drop by ranks

Albania (67th, down 6)

Newly ranked teams

9 – Cuba, Suriname, Puerto Rico, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba

Teams that are no longer ranked

7 – Trinidad and Tobago, Congo DR, Armenia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan

Positive feedback on new centre

June 20, 2014 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media, WA on the world stage

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Davis Langdon consultants have taken significant steps in the development of a Business Plan for the proposed Home of Football, including holding a recent public forum to seek football community feedback.

Twenty representatives from clubs, football organisations and the general community were present at the forum held at The Rise, Maylands last week.

Key attendees included some National Premier Leagues WA Presidents and Chairs of the State League, Junior League and Women’s League Standing Committees.

Lead consultant David Lanfear gave a comprehensive presentation, which can be viewed byInitiates file download clicking here, outlining the process of building a Business Case. He gave a commitment to consult widely to ensure the Home of Football facility served the sport immediately and during its growth over the next 20 years.

Among the key messages at the forum was a consensus for the development of a single site within 25km of the CBD rather than a number of metropolitan hubs. Further, it was emphasised that the site selection and development should not impact negatively on any club activities or benefits. There was also an understanding that partnerships should be developed with appropriate local government agencies to achieve the best outcome.

There was also emphasis on using the Home of Football as a hosting facility for country players and touring interstate and international clubs by building into the project onsite short-term accommodation. This is most likely to be included in a second-stage facility development.

A second public meeting will be held towards the end of July when potential sites and preliminary concepts are likely to be discussed.

Comments or queries regarding the Home of Football project can be directed to:

Rachel Thorpe or David Lanfear or phone 6208 0159.


Queens Park continue winning run

June 20, 2014 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Monday, June 16, 2014

Queens Park worked hard to earn their sixth consecutive win when they beat Balcatta 2-1 at Grindleford Reserve on Sunday in the Bankwest Women’s State League Premier Division.

Report by Colin Outhwaite

Monique Gordon opened the scoring for Queens Park and Taylah Griffiths grabbed an equaliser before half time, but Balcatta’s comeback hopes were dashed when the game was sealed just after the hour mark by Stacey Learmont.

Balcatta coach Lisa Tana said she was very happy with her team’s performance despite the final result.

“I definitely think we deserved to get something out of the game,” she said.

“They’re [Queens] physical, fit, strong, quick and they press really hard but I thought we handled it well.

“They’ve gotten significantly better since the start of the season and for us to have matched them today has shown great improvement.”

Queens came out strong and eight minutes in Balcatta keeper Kirsty Grover was off her line to commit to a sliding challenge on Gordon.

Balcatta’s Ashleigh Panaia then produced a great strike from the edge of the area which keeper Maya Diederichsen tipped onto the crossbar.

Queens got the breakthrough in the 28th minute when Gordon latched onto a through ball and muscled off a defender to hit home.

They pressed to further their lead, opening up the play for Balcatta to counter and 10 minutes later Griffiths put through Rebecca DiCarlo who returned a pass across goal for Griffiths to make it 1-1.

After the break Queens continued their pursuit and were rewarded in the 63rd minute when Learmont was given time and space to fire in the box.

They kept up the pace and continually knocked long balls over the top seeking Brooke Johnston but Grover was quick to clear the danger.

Learmont felt hard done by when she was denied a second, feeling adamant she’d knocked the ball over the line in a goal line scramble from a corner.

Chelsie Winchcombe and Carol Howes both had shots towards goal but Balcatta’s closest chance to earn a point came four minutes from time when Monique D’Opera’s header lofted over the bar from Panaia’s cross.

Queens Park coach Grant Learmont said his side did well to grind out a result against a tough Balcatta side.

They face Beckenham Angels next week who beat them in an 11-goal thriller last time they met, but Learmont looks forward to the challenge.

“I’m happy with the progress of the girls, I just hope they’ve got enough in them to change the result from last time.”

Sunday June 15, 2014
Venue: Grindleford Reserve
Kick-off: 3.00pm
Referee: Sandy Hill-Williamson

QUEENS PARK: 1. Maya DIEDERICHSEN (GK), 2. Helene BORDAS, 3.Jaymee GIBBONS, 5. Amy THORPE, 6.  Monique GORDON, 7. Brittany WOODFIN, 8. Stacey LEARMONT, 9. Brooke JOHNSTON, 10. Nikky CAMPBELL (c), 13. Georgina KENT, 14. Emma EVANS, 15.Jessica DARMARGO, 16. Emily DEAN, 17. Lesley ZMURCHUK, 24.Adel JACKSON
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

BALCATTA: 1.Kirsty GROVER (gk), 2.Lauren DAVIDS (c),  4.Rebecca DICARLO, 5.Amber HOFFMAN, 6.Chelsie WINCHCOMBE  7.Sadie LAWRENCE, 8.Carol HOWES, 9.Taylah GRIFFITHS, 11.Monique D’OPERA, 12.Tiahna SCANDRETT, 13.Tahlia D’OPERA, 14.Ashleigh PANAIA, 16.Gabrielle WALKER, 17.Felicity TREND, MEGHAN CONLON (rgk)
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil


Perth Glory to hold W-League trials

June 20, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Players from the top state women’s competitions around Australia are invited to trial for place in the Perth Glory Westfield W-League in 2014 season.

If you have the skills and attitude to compete in the elite women’s competition and would like to take part in trials, please complete an expression of interest form and return it to Glory before Friday, July 4.

The trials will be held at Celebration Park, Balga (Friday, July 11 and Monday, July 14 from 5.30pm – 7pm) and Gibbney Reserve, Maylands (Saturday, July 12 from 10.30am to 12pm).

Harnwell said Glory had previously picked up players through the trial process.

“We are always on the lookout for new, exciting talent and these trials afford players the opportunity to gain a place in the Perth Glory W-League squad,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the ability of players from outside the W-League.”

Interested players must complete an expression of interest form, which is Initiates file downloadavailable here.

Your chance to tell your club’s story

June 20, 2014 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Football in the Media, History

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It might be the former Socceroos star, who puts up your club nets, or the stalwart of 40 years, who sits behind the goal every week, hoping and praying for a victory.

It could be the wonder kid, whose tricks with a ball are something to behold, or the girl dreaming of playing for the Matildas.

But wherever you play, and whatever the size of your club, you are certain to have a unique story that deserves to be heard.

With the aim of shining a light on these rich and distinctive stories, Football West has teamed up Seven News Perth and The West Australian to give you extra incentive to dig out your club’s gem.

The Local Heroes competition is a community initiative resulting from a new media partnership between soccer’s peak body and Perth’s favourite TV news service.

Now it’s down to you to scratch beneath the surface of your club to uncover the story of a former luminary, future star or even just a long-standing volunteer.

The story of the month, as selected by Football West and Seven News Perth, will be rewarded with a $500 cash prize and a public airing of your unique story. The winning story will either be published online at, in The West Australian newspaper or broadcast on Seven News Perth.

All you have to do is unearth your club’s best-kept secret and let us know all about it. Send your stories to with the words “Local Heroes” in the subject field.

The World Football Programme Saturday June 21

June 19, 2014 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media

This Saturday morning on 107.9fm, Don Evans and Penny Tanner, form the World Football Programme Team. We chat to the Stirling Lions President, Vic Lazarov, about representing WA in the FFA Cup and the club’s potential Home of Football site. Perth Glory’s Steve McGarry talks us through their new coaching and community appointments. Football Federation Australia’s Sarah Walsh brings us up to speed on progress of the Women’s NPL and impending W League season.‘s Mitch Grima reviews the World Cup (what a keeper Ochoa is for Mexico) and our own football trickster, Sean Darcy, talks about local football programmes. Join the team from 10am Saturday on 107.9fm. Like us on Facebook and share your football news