Northern NSW Football Announcement: No Increase to Football Federation Fees for 2020

November 20th, 2019

No Increase to Football Federation Fees for 2020, helps keep the sport affordable for families.

Northern NSW Football’s (NNSWF) Board of Directors has announced its component of community football registration fees applied to players participating in local competitions conducted by its Seven Member Zones will remain the same to ensure that the region’s largest club-based sport remains affordable for families.

NNSWF CEO David Eland said the Federation is always working towards keeping registration fees as low as possible, to ensure accessibility for all players.

“Our review has shown, that in several cases the levy charged at our level has in fact decreased in many cases and has remained at a minimum for other age-groups.”

This is thanks to the alternate revenue streams generated which are not reliant on traditional registrations such as Winter Community Football fees including:

• Sponsorship from major partners Newcastle Permanent and TAFE NSW;

• Income generated from First Touch Football Supplies;

• Modified formats such as Summer Football, and

• Income generated by Football Five5 and Sidelines Café, which underpin the “Home of Football” at Speers Point.

“The maintenance of NNSWF’s player levy should ensure that the average cost of registering to play the game at Entry, Junior, Youth, and Senior levels in NNSW remain at $132, $157, $195 and $323 respectively in 2020,” said Eland.

Key Facts

The player registration levy contributes towards a comprehensive suite of insurances which manages risks across the game and protects players, member zones, clubs, volunteers, coaches and match officials from misadventure.

• Compared to ten (10) years ago NNSWF component on Entry Level players (4yrs to 7yrs) has decreased by $10.

• The levy on Juniors (8yrs to 11yrs) has also decreased by 3%.

• Youth (12yrs to 18yrs) and Senior (18yrs +) levies have only increased by $10 and $20 respectively in 10 years.

It also assists the governing body to engage expertise and to fund a myriad of vital programs and services, which are implemented in partnership with Member Zones and clubs to further grow, develop and promote football as a sport.

NNSWF’s reliance on player registration levies to fund operations has effectively halved in the last decade, however, NNSWF CEO David Eland lamented that the governing body wasn’t immune to the ever-increasing costs faced by all businesses and noted that the Board was cautiously monitoring the organisation’s financial stability.

“Public Liability and Personal Accident Insurance premiums have increased by almost 30% in the last five years and the cost of electricity has soared by approximately 15%,” Eland continued.

“The good news is that clubs can tangibly assist NNSWF to keep registration fees as low as possible by purchasing their apparel and equipment directly from NNSWF through First Touch Football Supplies.”

“Clubs are guaranteed that every dollar is invested back into the game in NNSW and takes pressure off increasing player registration fees,” said Eland.

Clubs are strongly encouraged to contact Business Development Officer, Brent Wallace at to discuss their club’s apparel and equipment needs for 2020

Eland added “The 2020-2013 Strategic Plan, which will be launched early next year identifies a host of strategic priorities which require investment.”

“We look forward to the ongoing support of stakeholders as we aim to achieve our bold vision of being the largest club-based sport for males and females in NNSW.”

The decision of Northern NSW Football to maintain current fees, complements Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) decision to maintain the National Registration Fee (NRF) next season as well as the Board’s commitment to ensure that the Region’s largest club-based sport remains affordable for families.

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