The Hyundai A-League will celebrate Play Football round this weekend to promote junior football registrations around Australia for the upcoming grassroots season.
Last year saw record breaking player registration numbers with a 20 per cent lift in participants playing in registered competitions and hopes are high for even more in 2016.
“The 2016 grassroots season is just around the corner and there are so many reasons to get involved in playing football. Anyone can join the game today as a player, coach, or referee by registering at myfootballclub.com.au,” said FFA CEO David Gallop.
“With over 1.18 million Australians playing football in registered competitions in 2015, now is the time to be involved in the world’s most popular sport.
“For junior footballers between 4-11 years, AIA Vitality MiniRoos is the fun introduction to football for girls and boys.
“Last year we saw over 214,000 AIA Vitality MiniRoos participants, an increase of 10% from 2014. You will see a selection of these participants during half time at Hyundai A-League matches around Australia this weekend.
“The Play Football Round is an ideal opportunity to highlight the entire player pathway from the girls and boys, mums and dads at the grassroots to the Women and Men as the elite levels of the Westfield W-League and Hyundai A-League.”
— Football Queensland (@FootballQLD) January 22, 2016
This season the Play Football campaign will see all nine Australian-based Hyundai A-League clubs take selected players and coaches to visit their local grassroots clubs.
In Queensland, Brisbane Roar fullback Corey Brown will visit The Gap FC.
The 2016 Play Football campaign will once again support the annual recruitment drive for grassroots Coaches and Referees, who along with players are the game’s greatest advocates and are two key roles that have a great influence on a player’s experience.
Players, coaches and referees are encouraged to learn more about football in Queensland and register for the upcoming season at www.footballqueensland.com.au.