A new State of play for FSC

STATE OF PLAY: FSC chief executive Ann-Marie Balliana says the governing body must have 'the right model' as they look to bring new representative options to the region. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR
STATE OF PLAY: FSC chief executive Ann-Marie Balliana says the governing body must have 'the right model' as they look to bring new representative options to the region. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

A Football South Coast run Men’s State League club as well as Girls Conference League youth teams have been given the go-ahead by Football NSW to feature in the competitions in 2018.

Football NSW released its Declaration of Leagues last week, which sees clubs invited to take up a spot in their respective competitions provided they meet the correct criteria. FSC had applied for a Men’s State League club to play for the first time next season, with Girls Conference League (under 14s, 15s and 17s) teams also looking to compete.

“We have played with the idea for a while and decided to set up a separate sub-committee to see if it was viable," FSC chief executive Ann-Marie Balliana said of the decision.

"It is a great opportunity to expand our playing and coaching pathways. I think we are seeing there is a demand there, with our SAP and development programs expanding across boys and girls.

“As an association, we are one of the few without that senior component but want to make sure we have the right model in place.”

Balliana confirmed FSC were still reviewing several key factors involved with the teams, including coaches, facilities and player recruitment as the club would need a completely new roster.