A Glimpse of the Number One Sports in Australia


Soccer (Football) is one of the oldest and most universally loved sport. It was first played in London, England in the year 1863 and ever since, spread throughout the world making it the most popular sport. Over the years, there has been the development of new rules and regulations that are incorporated in the 90-minute game to further enhance better game-play, quality, respect and obeying different code of conducts that does not cause any infringement. FIFA is the highest international governing body that is responsible for the growth and establishment of football from a grass root level to a world-class elite. Besides its worldwide institutions, there are six confederations recognised by FIFA which oversee the game in the different continents and regions of the world.

The Football Federation Australia (FFA) falls under the AFC continental confederation (Affiliated with Asia). Although the first governing body of the sport was founded in 1911, FFA in its current form was only established in 1963 (as the Australian Soccer Federation), later reconstituted in 2003 (as the Australian Soccer Association), and then renamed Football Federation Australia in 2004. The Australia national soccer team, nicknamed the "Socceroos", represents Australia in international soccer. As some say, Australia is the capital of the world in sports, it is establishing its soccer roots on a large scale projecting its grass-root players to the national team. There are a number of national youth teams: Under-17 team, nicknamed the "Joeys"; Under-20 team, nicknamed the "Young Socceroos"; and the Under-23 team, nicknamed the "Olyroos". The latter is considered to be a feeder team for the national team.



Australia has adopted another initiative called ‘T3 Australia’. T3 Australia is an Australian football organisation empowering the grassroots level of football. T3 Australia was founded in July 2011 by Ehsan Popal and Matt Sim to develop non-elite community level football. It aims to help community clubs assist children to develop both on the field, and off the field with the support of their parents. The focus is not targeted at elite players; it is targeted at players of all abilities. By bridging the gap between the highly skilled and less skilled players, the overall level of ability, satisfaction, and participation in the sport is increased. FFA has adopted courses to coaches and players to engage and develop the game that is bifurcated into those that are playing for fun, and those that are playing to reach the highest level possible. These are often referred to as ‘participation’ and ‘performance’. The Community Courses are short, affordable and locally available courses for those coaching local amateur teams whereas the Advanced Courses are long, intensive courses aimed at those who intend to become Professional Coaches or players.

Football in Australia has used a federated model of national, states and territories governing bodies. FFV (Football Federation Victoria) being 1 out of 9 associates under FFA. Due to FFV’s intense drive and action in the grassroots region, the player’s registrations both men and women for football in Victoria has passed 63,000 the highest number in the federation's history.


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