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Which game has Australia's highest participation rate?

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McDonald's Fast Feet Clinic a success

PHOTO: Coaches Michael Jackson, Rachael Oberlauter and Richard Evans with some very happy boys and girls at the McDonald's Fast Feet Coaching Clinic at Toormina - Photo by Terry Allen
PHOTO: Coaches Michael Jackson, Rachael Oberlauter and Richard Evans with some very happy boys and girls at the McDonald's Fast Feet Coaching Clinic at Toormina - Photo by Terry Allen

It just wouldn't be school holidays without the McDonald's Fast Feet Super Skills School Holiday Coaching Clinic and Toormina was the venue for the latest clinic during the second week of the holidays.

It didn't get off to a good start. Wet weather forced the cancellation of the very first day (Tuesday) creating disappointment for the young footballers and a dilemma for the organizers who had already taken registration money for all four days.

As a result, each child who registered for this clinic will be sent an invitation to the next clinic (July) where they can use their pre-paid clinic day. Alternatively, they will be able to fully register for the next clinic and only pay for three days instead of four.

The weather from Wednesday to Friday was perfect for football training and by the time it finally kicked off, both players and coaches were keen to have a run.

NCFZ Football Manager, Richard Evans, was joined by Michael Jackson, Rachael Oberlauter and Dave Curley for the three day clinic.

They put the boys and girls, all aged seven to thirteen, through a series of drills and practice matches; each one designed to hone their skills. No matter what standard they were when they arrived, the clinic sharpened their technique.

As the clinic wound up, Richard Evans said "It was a great success with all children having a ball and enjoying themselves whilst learning lots of new skills. Not a bad environment; learning and enjoyment!"

The final event was a barbeque lunch and the presentation of certificates. The next clinic will be held in the July school holidays.

For photographs taken at the clinic go to: » Fast Feet Clinic Photo Gallery

Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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School Holiday Coaching Clinic

McDonalds Fast Feet Super Skills

School Holiday Coaching Clinics


Come along and participate in the North Coast Football's very successful junior development program to develop your speed & agility and learn the moves that made the great players famous while having heaps of fun.

Participants will receive:

16 hours of programmed technical development from NCF accredited coaches

the opportunity to be considered for the NCF Junior Development Program

McDonalds coaching certificate and encouragement awards

a BBQ lunch will be provided on the Thursday for all camp participants

COST: $80.00


   WHERE       WHEN       TIME   
   Toormina Oval, Toormina       21 - 24 April 2009       9am to 1pm daily   

Application Forms is available for download below:
(to download, 'right click' on the filename & choose 'Save target as...')

FF Clinic - April 09.doc
(Microsoft Word file, 55kb)

Nominations to attend the clinics will be treated on an as received basis. Places are to be restricted, see Application Form for details. Don't delay, get your application in NOW!



North Coast Football - Ph: 6651 2159
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World headlines from the world game

There is no denying the popularity of football around the world. It arouses passions like few others sports and is therefore entitled to its fair share of headlines. Some of the stories making news this week are of particular interest to fans of the game even at a local level.

FFA launches World Cup bid
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has snuck in before the deadline to formally lodged its bid to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups. FFA chairman Frank Lowy and chief executive Ben Buckley personally delivered the bid to FIFA headquarters in Switzerland (nice work if you can get it!) ahead of the deadline; Tuesday morning our time.

Our opposition in the race to host the world's most popular event include; England, Japan, Russia, Indonesia, South Korea, Qatar, Mexico and the United States.

Imagine being able to see the World Cup finals without leaving our shores. The final decision will be made in December 2010. More detail here.

Fowler flies down under
The A-League, determined to have the longest pre-season training program in world sport, has welcomed its latest marquee player. Former England and Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has touched down in Townsville this week ready to step out with new franchise North Queensland Fury.

With the A-League expanding to 10 teams next season, it means Fowler will be regularly heading to the Gold Coast to play against the other new boys Gold Coast United. That's a tempting offer; just a few hours drive north to see the A-League with players like Robbie Fowler in action. Gold Coast United already has its membership packages ready to go.

Flying Solo
Looks like we all need to start looking for the "man's" drink Solo from now on with the FFA clinching a 3-year deal with Schweppes. It means you will see Solo on just about everything associated with the men's & women's national teams, the A-League, W-League & national youth league.

Shoot for the stars
People have various ways of celebrating. Personally, I have never wanted to be near anyone who expresses their joy by discharging firearms into the air. Ever wondered what happens to all those bullets? Apparently they do come down eventually. Unfortunately one recently came down on an Iraqi footballer. Yes, it killed him. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the shot was traced to the gun of an elated fan following his team's 1-nil win on Sunday.

But wait, there's more! Never one to let a good story die, the BBC is reporting it was murder. And in their version, the game wasn't over. Far from it. Apparently the victim was just about to equalize for his team when the assassin brought him down from the stands. And he was shot in the head, not the chest. I don't know about you, but I reckon one of these two journo's (or maybe both?) was not at the game.

Kind of makes you glad our biggest problem is what to do on wet weather days.

Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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2009 Regional Championships - Round 1

North Coast Football hosted round 1 of the Northern NSW Regional Championships for juniors at Woolgoolga on Sunday. WUFC is the host club for all NCFZ home fixtures in this year's competition.

Northern NSW consists of six zones (Newcastle, Macquarie, Hunter Valley, Mid North Coast, North Coast and Northern Inland) with the 13's,14's & 15's boys 15's girls to contest the Regional Championships with games against one another every month between now and August.

The first match featured NCF 13 boys against the visiting Football Mid North Coast. It proved to be a tough match for the home team. The teams went to the break at 0-0 but NCF went a goal down just after half time.

However, the NCF boys had the famous Woolgoolga southerly at their back in the second half and they used it wisely. Both Noah Bedford and Ryan Magill got on the score sheet. Noah's goal came off a quick throw in which he controlled nicely before putting the ball in the net while Ryan's goal came about thanks to some good lead up work by Casey Walker. Defender Chris Lambert was undoubtedly the man of the match. NCF 2 - FMNC 1.

The 14 boys then took to the field in what proved to be the most dominant display by the home zone on the day. Riley Dillon set up the first goal by taking the ball down the right flank and crossing it to Jerry Whish-Wilson who made no mistake with it. The second was a piece of individual brilliance by Olivia Price who chipped the FMNC keeper from 18 yards out. That made the score line NCF 2 - FMNC 1 which is how it stayed until the final whistle.

The 15 boys came up against a well drilled and determined FMNC team in the afternoon. NCF included four talented girls in the squad (Jasmin Courtenay, Georgia Burt, Ashli Deane & Sarah Marsden) who were not in the least bit daunted by coming up against an all male squad. FMNC won this match 0-2 with a couple of nice goals. NCF beaten but not disgraced.

The 15 girls match was the last one of the day & threw up the most goals for the crowd to enjoy. The breeze had stiffened somewhat and the NCF girls ran into it in the first half. FMNC stunned the local girls with two goals in the first 10 minutes and a third before half time. The first one was a simple case of the attack having more determination than the defence. The second was a penalty after the referee ruled NCF keeper Alannah Rosewood body checked the FMNC striker. The third was a terrific strike from the edge of the penalty area which landed in the corner.

After half time and with the breeze at their back, the NCF girls began to play some positive, attacking football. They were awarded a Direct Free Kick about 22 yards out five minutes into the second half which Maggie Mills expertly fired into the net, although a keeper fumble played its part.

FMNC hit a fourth goal soon after which was partially blocked by NCF's second half keeper Emma Hayes. The ball, however, had too much momentum and came off Emma's hands, went over her head and looped in under the cross bar.

The match became even more exciting after this as NCF banged two more goals in. Firstly as Jessica Gunning got in behind the defence and passed to Kellie Langham to score and then through Ashinda Heron who latched onto a through ball after the goal keeper failed to clear it. Final score NCF 3 - FMNC 4.

North Coast teams will next be in action on March 22nd when they travel to Newcastle to face Macquarie Football.

Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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Coffs Coast Tigers ready for Women's Challenge Cup

This weekend Coffs Coast Tigers will host its fourth annual gala weekend of women's football. The Women's Challenge Cup has become a pre-season hit out for an increasing number of teams from the local area and around the State.

The competition format is a straight knockout for full field, 11 a side teams, but can be a mixture of ages and abilities if the teams so wish. However, all players must be club based and the competition is not for regions who wish to play 'rep' teams. It's basically a good old fashioned pre-season gala competition for clubs.

This year eight women's teams have entered from local clubs, which has pleased organizers no end. They will be facing the out-of-towners including Merewether and Cardiff who come every year, but this year boast some girls from the inaugural W-League season.

There are 12 teams competing all up for $1000 first prize and $500 second prize with a consolation prize of $100. Sponsors include Coast Hotel, Bananacoast Hotbake, Palms Pharmacy and Club Financial Services.

Whilst the Women's Challenge Cup has always had a fun atmosphere, on the pitch the girls take the game seriously and the finals are always played with intensity.

Competition is on at Polwarth Drive Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm (March 7th & 8th).

Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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Ossie Ossie Ossie
Photo: Richard Evans (left) with Argentina legend Ossie Ardiles at the FFA National Coaching Conference

Ossie Ardiles endorses North Coast Football's
Small Sided Games

To the generation who played and watched football in the 1970's, Osvaldo Ardiles needs no introduction. A World Cup winner with his beloved Argentina on home soil in 1978 and FA Cup winner with Tottenham Hotspur in both 1981 & 1982, the aggressive midfielder reached the pinnacle of the sport and was adored by millions.

Last week, Ardilles, looking as fit as ever, made an appearance at Football Federation Australia's (FFA) second annual Coaching Conference in Sydney which was attended by North Coast Football's Director of Coaching Richard Evans. Ardiles had some interesting things to say about the state of the world game in Australia.

Overall, Ardiles said he believes Australia is heading in the right direction in developing better players and said he could even be talked into coaching in the Hyundai A-League if approached, however he stressed that Australia remained behind the front runners of the game in terms of technical ability (ie what you do when you have the ball at your feet during a match).

The Argentinian legend was nevertheless full of praise for the FFA's initiative amongst junior players known as Small Sided Games, where young players are put in teams with smaller numbers than usual (e.g. 3 vs 3 or 4 vs 4) and given the chance to kick the ball around without the added pressure of a competitive environment.

PHOTO: Richard Evans (left) with Argentina legend
Ossie Ardiles at the FFA National Coaching Conference

"I 100% agree with the idea of small-sided games," Ardiles said. "If Australia, doesn't improve the technique of the players, you have a limit of how far forward you can go. It will reach a certain level, but not go beyond that level" he added. "It can be taught at [age] 5, 6 or 7, but again it's a challenge for the coach, because it has to be fun in a game situation," which he indicated was the benefit of small-sided games.

North Coast Football has had its share of detractors for its introduction of FFA's Small Sided Games, however Ardiles would urge clubs and parents to stick with it for the sake of the national team in years to come. It seems those who are in the know are convinced it is the way to improve junior talent.

"Somebody said yesterday that Australia is very strong physically. Australia is a country that produces a lot of sportsman; they have character; they are fighters; it's in the technique and tactical part that Australia is perhaps lacking. This is where Australia should be concentrating, first technically and then tactically," said Ardiles.

And it doesn't have to mean clubs will be producing boring, robotic players. Ardiles stunned the conservative English FA as Manager of Tottenham in the mid 1990's by often putting teams on the pitch using five players up front, something not seen in the old dart since the 1950's.

Where did he get the idea? "The biggest inspiration for me as a player and in my life was Brazil 1970, with five front players," Ardiles admitted. The all conquering Brazilian World Cup winning team of 1970 was anything but boring and Ardiles would now encourage young players to begin with Small Sided Games for the sake of their own development and for the good of the game in Australia.

North Coast Football's Director of Coaching, Richard Evans, found Ardiles' comments very helpful and confirmation the local game was on the right track. Evans spent some valuable time with the legend and used it to pick his brains about the future of football in Australia.

"When you look at the major, elite clubs sides around the world, every training session involves a game of some sort, but I can guarantee you they won't be playing 11 verses 11. They will be playing a version of Small Sided Games," Richard said. "The reason for that is simple; more space, more time. Less space, less time. Therefore, Small Sided Games give every player more touches on the ball and demand they make decisions with it quickly because they are not out in wide open spaces. It produces better players. It's not rocket science," he added.

As for Ardiles, whether he becomes an A-League coach or not, his dream remains to coach his national team, Argentina, currently in the hands of Maradona the player Ardiles says is the best he has seen. Let's hope both become a reality. The full interview with Ossie Ardiles can be read here.

Rep season begins
Meanwhile, the current crop of junior representative players in NCFZ will knuckle down to business this weekend as the State Championships kick off. The first step is to battle it out within Northern NSW (which extends from Newcastle to the Queensland border) for Regional supremacy.

This Sunday NCFZ is hosting the first round against Football Mid North Coast, our southern neighbours in the following age divisions; boys 13's, 14's & 15's and girls 15's.

All matches will be played at the Woolgoolga High St fields
- the draw is available for download below:
(to download, 'right click' on the filename & choose 'Save target as...')

2009 State Championships Draw
(pdf file, 57kb)

The draw is also available online via the NNSWF link below:
Click here for online draw at

Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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Which game has Australia's highest participation rate?

Many lay claim to being Australia's most popular sports code and it has been notoriously difficult to establish any sort of guidelines for testing the claims. Around the world, there is no contest. Football continues to outrank every other sport by miles with an estimated 30 million participants (but even here there is a dispute from - wait for it - Table Tennis which insists it ranks no. 1!). But what about Australia?

Statistically, it has been shown that walking is actually the most common exercise for Australians to participate in and that is probably not surprising. It is free, people of all ages can do it no matter where they live and Doctors prescribe it, especially for the elderly. As invigorating as walking is, what if you desire something a little more pulsating? What then?

Now, the Australian Sports Commission has entered the debate with an answer. Football is the organised sport with the largest number of participants. (It should be noted that this includes juniors, football's major supporter base in Australia. Amongst adults it is a little more competitive!) Walking is our most common leisure activity, but football wins amongst the organised codes.

Recognising this when it came into office, the Rudd Government immediately allocated $16 million over two years to Football Federation Australia to help it promote greater participation in the game. It was one of the reasons the W-League was able to get off the ground this season. And now it has confirmed that the Government will financially support Australia's bid to host the FIFA World Cup finals in either 2018 or 2022 to the tune of $45 million. Considering how serious the current economic crisis is, this is a considerable offer by the Federal Government and very much appreciated by the FFA and those in the grass roots of the game.

On top of that, 2009 is a World Cup qualification year. Will we see scenes like that of four years ago when the Aussies finally returned to the World Cup finals by beating Uruguay in Sydney? This time around our main opponents will be Japan. There is plenty to look forward to.

So it is with high expectations that clubs in the North Coast Football Zone gear up for the first big event of the 2009 season; registration day. All NCFZ clubs are opening the books on the first two Saturdays of February for registrations of all players. For a full list of clubs, venues and times, click » here.

The season kicks off on the first weekend of April with Grand Final days set down for the weekend of September 19th-20th. So what are you waiting for? Join the world game and enjoy the sport Aussies have taken up in record numbers.

Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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