MWFA launches Association Youth League
The Manly Warringah Football Association (MWFA) has been accepted into the Football NSW Association Youth League (AYL) for 2018 giving more local football players the opportunity to play elite representative football.
The Association Youth League includes teams in the Boys U13, U14, U15 and U16 age groups and will operate as part of the Manly United elite pathway,
“This is an exciting evolution for football on the Northern Beaches and the Manly Warringah Football Association,” said MWFA President Jeff Smit. “The AYL Teams will not only broaden the pool of talented local players who will go through the elite football pathway but also helps fill the gap between Manly United and the local grassroots competitions.
The 2018 Association Youth League teams will be selected after the Manly United Boys Youth League trials giving those players who miss out on playing in the Boys Youth League a second chance to advance their football development.
AYL teams will enjoy equally well accredited coaches and football programs under the responsibility of Manly United Technical Director Warren Grieve.
They will train twice a week and play matches every Sunday against another nine Associations from the greater Sydney area (Sutherland, St George, Central Coast, Blacktown, Football South Coast, Macarthur, Nepean, Southern Districts and Gladesville Hornsby).
The AYL teams will only be open to players who live in the Manly Warringah Football Association footprint to ensure the opportunities are taken up by local grassroots players.
“This is a great outcome that opens up more opportunities for aspiring young footballers to develop into better players who will hopefully one day play for Manly United or return to the MWFA competitions as better players,” Grieve said.
The decision, which was overwhelmingly approved at a meeting of the 17 Clubs within the MWFA, was made following extensive stakeholder engagement in 2016 around the future direction of football on the Northern Beaches.
“We undertook research in 2016 to help shape the future of football in our area and the AYL Teams will help achieve one of the consistent messages, which highlighted the need to offer kids who missed Manly United teams with a second tier that will give them a better opportunity to break into that elite pathway.
“The MWFA has almost 18,000 registered footballers and the vast majority of the young players in Manly Warringah would love the opportunity to play at the highest level possible. This gives more of them that chance.”
A similar expansion started last year when MWFA entered teams into the Boy’s SAP competitions (U9, U10, U11 and U12) alongside the Manly United teams, which doubled the number of children in those programs.
The following dates have been locked in for Boys Youth League and Association Youth League trials:
MWFA Association Youth League (U13, U14, U15 and U16)
Monday 13 – Friday 17 November at Cromer Park. Times and exact dates (tbc)
Check out www.manlyunitedfc.com.au for more information on trials for:
- Manly United Boys Youth League (U13, U14, U15 and U16)
- Manly United Girls Youth League (U14, U15 and U17)
- Manly United and MWFA Boys SAP program (U9, U10, U11 and U12)
- Manly United and MWFA Girls SAP program (U10, U11, U12 and U13)