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Play football this winter:

This weekend’s A-League matches will be dedicated to ‘Play Football’ to help drive junior registration of football (or soccer).
By Motherpedia
Date: February 05 2014
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February is traditionally the start of football’s junior registration period for the winter grassroots season and the five A-League matches this weekend will be played under the ‘Play Football’ banner.

“Play Football round is a tremendous initiative that bridges the gap between the elite players in the A-League with the mums, dads and kids that represent football’s greatest asset – its grassroots participants,” said FFA CEO David Gallop.

“Football is a sport that is inclusive of all Australian men, women and children, and we are expecting the 2014 registration period to continue football’s growth trajectory. Grassroots level participation levels are as much a part of the football story as the success of the A-League and the qualification for the 2014 World Cup.”

Sydney FC marquee player, Alessandro Del Piero, is one who has spoken about his early love of football and what it means to him.

“First of all, you have to enjoy the moment, enjoy what it means, play with heart, with passion and try to improve every moment,” Del Piero said. “I played everywhere - on the beach, if you are lucky, or in the street or in a garage at home.

“I dreamed to be a footballer every single moment. When I was a child, when I was a teenager, now.

“Every moment is good for dreams and to follow your dreams.”

As well as players, coaches and referees are also encouraged to register. Gallop said that, along with players, they are the sport’s greatest advocates and are two key roles that have a great influence on a player’s experience.

The ‘Play Football’ round also coincides with the launch of MiniRoos, which is a smaller version of football that provides boys and girls aged 4 - 11 with a fun introduction to the world game. MiniRoos it is all about having fun, learning new skills and making life-long friends and will be delivered by grassroots clubs across Australia.

Register to play, coach or referee this winter season by logging onto the online sports registration site If you are unsure of the club nearest you, My Football Club can help locate it.

This weekend’s A-League matches are:


  • Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar, Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta


  • Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Victory, Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford
  • Sydney FC v Adelaide United, Allianz Stadium, Paddington (Sydney)


  • Melbourne Heart v Perth Glory, Lavington Sports Ground, Albury
  • Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix, Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
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