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Nepean FA

Members Newsletter
Vol. 1, Issue 3
15 April 2016

WELCOME

Welcome to the Nepean Football Association's Members Newsletter. We look forward to providing you with regular updates throughout the season.
We also welcome your contributions to our Football Community Newsletter. Please forward your photos or items of interest to admin@nepeanfootball.com.au.

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ZERO TOLERANCE FOR SPECTATOR ABUSE OF REFEREES AND CLUB OFFICIALS

                 
Sadly, we need to report that the start of the season, for some match and/or club officials has not been a smooth or happy one.
 
We need to remind all players, coaches, managers and spectators that the Nepean FA has a strict zero tolerance for the abuse of Referees, Assistant Referees and Club or Association Officials and Staff Members.  Abuse need not be only physical for those out there who think it’s OK to give an official your unsolicited opinion of them, their performance, appearance or their affiliated group in general. 
 
In the first two weeks of competitions, we have dealt with more than 10 Incident reports lodged by the Nepean Referees Group or Clubs.
 
Click Here to read the full article.
OTHER FOOTBALL NEWS

LEST WE FORGET

On behalf of the Nepean Football Association, its affiliated clubs, and its registered members, the Nepean FA Board have arranged for representatives to lay wreaths at the commemorative dawn services organised by the RSL sub branches of Penrith, St Marys, Springwood, Glenbrook, Windsor and Richmond. To read the full article on ANZAC Day, please Click Here.

COMPETITION RE-GRADING

In a very small number of instances, some regrading may take place after Round 3.  Club Competition Secretaries have been made aware of the process in the Guidelines we provide them.  We do not take requests from Team Officials or Parents.  Please speak to your club admin if you need more information on this matter.
 
U11 age groups will continue to be moved around throughout the season, based on performances.  Some teams may go the whole season, completely unaffected, others may be moved about several times.  Movements in U11’s are carried out to give teams the best possible experience in the final year before competition football.  If you believe your U11 team needs more of a challenge, or could do with a little shuffle down a division, please speak to your club admins.

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS SCHOOL HOLIDAY CLINICS

     

The Western Sydney Wanderers are proud to offer football clinics these school holidays. The clinics are for registered participants from 5yrs - 15yrs accommodating for all skill levels, and also offer advanced options for Division 1 and SAP players looking for a bit of extra training.
To see where your nearest holiday clinic is offered, please Click Here.
To register, please Click Here.

CONNOR ANSELL

          
It's always sad to lose a loved one, a team mate or a family member, but when it's one so young that we say goodbye to, it's always a little harder. Our deepest condolences go out to Connor's family, team mates and club family.
Please Click Here to see BMFC tribute to Connor. Thanks Matt Birt

MAKING SENSE OF REGULATIONS

In each edition of our Newsletter, we’ll try to address one of the many urban myths or misunderstandings that surround the regulations out there in Football Land.  This edition’s Regulation has to do with Players Arriving Late At Games…….

A player can’t take the field of play in a competition match until they have been ID checked by their opposition team’s Manager.  A Manager needs the team sheet in order to check the ID and sign the player onto the team sheet.  This should be done BEFORE the match kicks off.  If the player is running late and therefore can’t be signed on prior to kick off, the next opportunity to check the player onto the team sheet will be at half time.  If this is the case, the Manager should obtain the Team Sheet from the Referee, ID check the player and return the Team Sheet to the Referee before the commencement of the 2nd half.  If the player arrives after the start of the 2nd half he/she may not play in the remainder of the match.  If the Manager has noted DNP (Did Not Play) on the Team Sheet, they should draw a line through it, insert the Player’s shirt number, and both Manager’s should initial the change.

MANCHESTER UNITED'S CHAPLAIN IN SYDNEY

               
John Boyers is coming to Sydney!!!
Manchester United's Chaplain is headed to Sydney later this month, and Nepean FA members are invited to hear some of the stories and experiences John Boyers had from his 20+ years with Manchester United.

When: Saturday 23rd April 2016
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Where: Kings School, North Parramatta
Cost: $5

Click Here to purchase tickets and take advantage of this great opportunity.

FOOTBALL NSW YEARBOOK

After an exciting 2015 Season, Football NSW have recently published their 2015 Yearbook. Click Here to access.
COACHING NEWS
Just a couple of reminders for our Miniroos teams. Coaches aren't permitted on the field, unless they are acting as Game Leader and in this case, they support and help both teams.
This helps the players learn how to play the game as it appears to them, not the adults. It supports the learning environment and independent decision making that we all want to see in our players when they play. We know that how they pay doesn't look like Champions League, but either did it when they played at 5 and 6.
The other reminder is that our Grassroots EXPO coming up on 27th April. This is your last chance to get the required Coaching Certification this season here in NFA. Click on the following link to register and for more information NFA EXPO
To read the full article, Click Here.

NEPEAN FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (NFDP) SEASON

The Nepean Football Development Program is the official development program of the NFA and our development pathway partner, the Western Sydney Wanderers.
This year we are re-branding it and making it bigger and better than ever.
We will continue to have qualified coaches delivering the highest quality development training sessions in line with the FFA National Curriculum but will also be expanding to new locations.
We will be delivering our 16 week NFDP sessions at Glenbrook, Penrith, Glenmore Park, Richmond, Cranebrook and Colo.
For more information and to register, Click Here.

RECORD NUMBER OF TEAMS ENTER FNSW STATE CUP

How Will This Affect our Competition?

Well…. Maybe not a record number, but plenty from Nepean FA, 29 in fact.  Good Luck to those teams who have entered the State Cups.
 
The Regulations from our governing body, Football NSW, dictate that Associations must give priority to the scheduling of State Cup Competitions, over and above the Association Competitions, a contentious directive, that no one except the competing teams appreciate.  However, that’s how it is, and like all team players should, we tow the line and do as we’re asked.
To read the full article on how we deal with fixtures affected by State Cups, please Click Here.

LOWLAND WANDERERS FC NEW GROUNDS

                      
It is an exciting move for the club. Their MC and members speak in glowing terms about the new venue. Complete with a kids’ play area, permanent amenities block, a spacious canteen and plenty of shady areas from where spectators can enjoy watching the football, the venue offers many comforts.
The fields are in good condition and the players’ comments reflect how much they appreciate the added facilities. The venue also has fences separating the playing fields from the spectators.
Still in Benson’s Lane but closer to Richmond, the fields are well sign posted and offer much off-road parking.
Congratulations Lowlands. You certainly can be proud of your new venue.

FIELD INVASION WITH A DIFFERENCE

            

No-one likes the idea of field invasions! They disrupt the match, unsettle the players and create much paperwork.
Henry Lawson FC grounds had the honour of the first for the year. In a match against Cranebrook United SC, the referee had no alternative but to stop the match as the field was invaded by a kangaroo who decided to cruise in for a closer view. Adding further humour to the event, the referee continued by asking both teams if the offender belonged to them.
After several minutes, the offender simply hopped away; totally oblivious to the situation it had created. This truly was a Socceroo!

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