Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) will host an inaugural Women’s State Cup Competition in 2017 held over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th September at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility in Speers Point.
Senior Women’s teams across Northern NSW will have the opportunity to play against senior teams from other zones and from within the Herald Women’s Premier League competition for the first time in a sanctioned competition while also giving teams the opportunity to play at the start of the art facility.
Female Football Week provides a great backdrop to announce the NNSWF Women’s State Cup. The establishment of the Women’s State Cup was a strategic initiative for Northern NSW Football in the 2016-2019 strategic plan which outlines Northern NSW Football’s aim to be a leading organisation for females.
NNSWF is committed to improving the experience of all participants and is aiming to lift the number of female registered players to 25% by 2020, events like this provide more opportunities for women to enjoy the sport and move towards ensuring that the opportunities for females reflect those that are currently available for males players.
The men’s State Cup which was introduced in 2012 transitioned in the Nationwide competition Westfield FFA Cup in 2015 including PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues (NPL) teams as well as Hyundai A-League teams.
The Women’s State Cup could be a stepping stone for a National Women’s FFA Cup as States across Australia move to align their Premier Women’s Competition with the PS4 NPL format. Northern NSW Football will be starting a review this year of the Herald WPL and the viability of transitioning the competition into the NPL format.
Please find listed below relevant information relating to the proposed Cup and format and information on how to indicate your clubs interest in participating.
1. State Cup Dates
The Women’s State Cup will be conducted on the weekend of 23rd & 24th September 2017.
2. Tournament Fee
A Tournament fee of $300 per club inclusive of GST will apply. This fee covers the cost of tournament administration, insurance and Match Official fees.
3. Eligible Teams
The Tournament is open to all senior women’s teams who are direct members of NNSWF or its affiliated member zones.
4. Eligible Player
All players must be registered with NNSWF or its affiliated member zone.
5. Tournament Format ( Subject to Team Nominations )
The Tournament shall be conducted on a Pool basis with a minimum of four (4) clubs per pool. The number of entries will determine the number of pools. The pool winners (minimum) will progress to either a quarter or semi-final of the competition.
Northern NSW Football reserves the right to adjust or alter the competition format subject to the number of nominations received.
6. Tournament Seeding
Newcastle Herald Women’s Premier League clubs will be seeded into pools based on their position in the 2017 WPL competition ladder All other clubs will be drawn out randomly from the hat and placed into pools accordingly.
7. Tournament Regulations
To be determined and confirmed.
Football Far North Coast
Football Far North Coast, Premier Womens
Football Mid North Coast
Football Mid North Coast, Herald WPL 1st Grade/18s
Barnsley United Senior Soccer Club, All Age B Grade
Garden Suburb FC, All Age B
Mayfield United Senior Football Club, A Grade
University of Newcastle Womens Football Club, All Age Women A-H
New Lambton Football Club, AAW B Grade
Cook’s Hill, A Grade
North Coast Football
North Coast Football
Northern Inland Football
Northern Inland Football – Armidale, All Age
Northern Inland Football – Tamworth, All Age
Northern NSW Football Premier Clubs
Thornton Redbacks FC
Adamstown Rosebud Juniors WPL
Merewether United FC
Warners Bay FC