|Brad Banks, M O'Reilly, Craig Norris, Brett McConville
Southern NSW Football has had many names since the mid 1960’s it was first called New South Wales Amateur Soccer Federation Southern Branch, then a name change to Southern NSW Soccer then later in about 2006 the name was changed to Southern NSW Football Inc.
In the early years Southern took in the areas from Campbelltown to the Victorian border town of Albury then across to Eden and up to Berry on the coast. In 1972 there was a restructure that saw the ACT form their own Association and left Southern, also the Riverina branch was formed that took in the Albury Wodonga area.
Sothern’s area now takes in Berry across to Bowral / Bargo. Goulburn, Yass, Cooma then bypasses the ACT and takes in Eden in the South then to Berry in the north taking all the towns along the East coast.
There are five Associations that form Southern NSW Football, Far South Coast, Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven, Highlands, and Southern Tablelands, Southern acts as an administration body for those Associations
Southern saw fit in 1992 to progress a pathway for players within the Branch, it entered an under 11 and under 12 teams in the Sydney Junior league that was then followed a few years later with under 13 to under 16 teams who played in the NSW Super League, players who played in those teams came from all over the Branch and they would travel as far as Newcastle to play games.
The Branch runs annual Branch Championships in various age groups to give players that extra level playing against all the Associations.
The Branch also provides specialist coaching for the players with qualified coaches and a paid Director of Coaching overseeing the programs. Many players have come from those programs to play in the Southern Branch teams in the Sydney Youth League as well as the NSW NPL female teams.
At present Southern has male and female players playing from under 9 to under 12 playing in the Skill Acquisition Program which is non competition and is played on modified fields, this is to give the players more touches and to play different systems of play, we also have male and female teams from under 13 to under 17 and Ladies senior teams playing in Association Youth League and Womens NSW NPL League. All our home games are played at South Nowra Sporting Complex, with a couple of games played in Goulburn.
Over the years we have many players male and female who have played in our teams go on and represent NSW Country at the National Titles, play in the A and W League and a few have gone on to represent Australian in under 17’s, under 20’s the Olympic Games, the Matildas and the Socceroos. One of our players who played from Under 11’s to under 16’s also is a goalkeeping coach in the A League.