NCF e-newsletter January 2014


January 2014

Welcome to the January edition of North Coast Football’s monthly e-newsletter. A new year is upon us already & it’s a world cup year so the game will be up in lights in 2014. And we are exactly one year away from the Asian Cup on our shores.

Who knows what awaits us at a local level. No doubt the season ahead will be full of highs & lows for us all. It’s amazing that we are now just days away from registration. With that in mind, here’s what making news around North Coast Football Zone.










North Coast Football teams are going to have their largest representation yet at the Northern NSW State Cup in 2014.


No doubt, Urunga’s exciting victory in 2013 has prompted others to join the fray, so competition starts early this season for our men.


Round 1 kicks off on February 15th & 16th with the final to be held in Coffs Harbour on June 22nd.


Check out the draw for NCF clubs here.

For watch the video of the full draw (including southern pool) click here.



In 2014 North Coast Football will offer Girls Only Small-Sided Football starting at under 6’s. Never before have we been in a position to consider such a move, but there is a feeling that more young girls would play if they could begin in a girls only team. Obviously, it won’t become a reality unless there are enough numbers to make a viable competition, but this year it will be made available for the first time, so make sure your club spreads the word. For further details go to the Northern NSW website.



Question – how did Australia qualify for the 2015 Asian Cup?

Answer – we’re hosting it, that’s how.

The 2015 Asian Cup is just one year away. 16 countries will take part in this prestigious tournament which will be hosted by five cities.

And you won’t have to travel too far to watch a game either, with Newcastle named as a host city.

For North Coast Football, the most exciting news to come out of it (so far) is that Coffs Harbour has been accepted as a pre-tournament host city. That means one of the visiting teams could decide to set up camp in the days prior to the tournament kick off. We hear Coffs Harbour City Council is now madly wooing all such teams.

See the Coffs Coast Advocate story for more detail.






There will be many today who do not know anything about the great Eusebio, who sadly passed away a few week’s ago.

When England won the 1966 world cup, the headlines were all about Geoff Hurst’s hat trick and THAT goal. But the player of the tournament was undoubtedly Portugal’s African born golden boot, Eusebio. He was known as the Black Panther and would have been a star in any era.

Here’s just one of several tributes to the man which describes him, not just in terms of his ability, but his character.

You may also enjoy FIFA’s short video highlights package.


Last week, while many of us are enjoying the last days of our summer break, three intrepid NCF coaches are joined Garry McGinnis in Armidale undertaking “C Licence” training:

Rod Purkiss, Adrian Pickup & Jaxen Heward.

The course was conducted by Dave Smith, Northern NSW Football’s High Performance Manager. It’s a valuable thing to have so many local coaches qualifying at such a high level and our representative players, as well as many club players, will benefit from it.

The participants still have a bit of homework to do before they graduate. Best of luck!








Start of 2014 competition – March 29-30th


2014 Grand Finals – September 6-7th


Online registrations open Feb 1st at




Are you interested in increasing your knowledge and qualifications as a coach? Book now for the upcoming NCF coaching courses.


Skill Training Coaching Course (Junior) – March 15-16th

Game Training Coaching Course (Youth) Part 1 – May 3-4th

Game Training Coaching Course (Youth) Part 2 – May 10-11th


To book, contact Garry McGinnis at




North Coast Football introduces rep football to 8’s & 9’s in 2014!

NCF has taken the exciting decision to expand its high level training program to eight and nine year olds this season. NCF director of coaching, Garry McGinnis, says the program has been designed to equip juniors for their important teenage years in the rep system and will act as an early identifier of local club talent.


“This year’s training program will increase their exposure to football in preparation for their own participation in the game over the coming years,” Garry said.


The 8’s will participate in an eight week program starting in April, while the 9’s will training over 12 weeks commencing in March. Both programs will run on a Monday night at several centres including Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Maclean & Nambucca Heads and will finish with a mini world cup tournament.


Do you have eight & nine year olds (boys and girls) at your club who are ready to step up?


For further details, contact Garry McGinnis at



So, just how difficult is Australia’s task at the World Cup?

Ever ones to talk up the state of the game in Australia, your North Coast Football editorial team has been engaged in some serious brain-racking in our attempts to find something positive to say about Australia’s draw at the World Cup. We play Chile and then the 2010 finalists, the Netherlands and Spain!


One a positive note, it turns out we do not have the toughest group. That’s group G if the average FIFA world ranking points system is used in the calculations. On the downside, it turns out the only reason we are not in the toughest group is because we are the lowest ranked team at the World Cup finals and our lowly ranking has dropped the average “death” rating of our entire group!


Unfortunately, the mathematics of it all clearly highlight Australia has the toughest schedule of any team heading to Brazil. Check it out:

This time, we really are the underdogs!



Don’t forget you can download your own copy of the new FFA national curriculum. This is the nationwide program which sets out FFA’s philosophy on the development of juniors. The program leads players through several levels according to age: Discovery, Skills Acquisition,  Game Training & Performance. The curriculum then looks at the development of coaches.


North Coast Football will be using the curriculum in the development of our rep players, which means plenty of work for coaching director, Gary McGinnis and those working with him, to bring on our next crop of players.


You can download the curriculum here.






Ever heard of the rainbow move? Me either, but Brazilian Futsal legend, Falcao, has given this name to a rather tricky maneuver  which, if used correctly, would leave a defender more than a little red faced. Dare to use it in a match?


Check it out at 4-4-2.


Vanashing spray given approval for world cup!

Those pesky “walls”. You line up your free kick, the ref steps out the 10 yards, moves the wall back and walks away. Do they stay there? No! Those annoying defenders creep forward inch by inch until they can almost trap the ball.

Now the referee will have the perfect tool for keeping everyone back on the mark: vanashing spray in a can. Simple, isn’t it? The ref sprays a mark on the grass which only lasts a few minutes and is gone.


Abonyi named in 70’s team of the decade

Congratulations to long time Sawtell resident Atti Abonyi who was recently named in the FFA team of the decade for the 1970’s. Atti, who once pulled on the green & white of Sawtell, was one of Australia’s most prolific strikers in that glorious period leading up to & including the ’74 World Cup. Congrats Atti!


The Nambucca Strikers club is once again hosting its Challenge Cup and this year it’s two weeks before season kickoff. The perfect pre-season hit out! Details here



Newcastle Permanent’s Cinema Under the Stars event has been resheduled for March 7th & 8th. Friday 7th in Coffs, Saturday 8th in Grafton. The rest of the details are as before. Details can be found at Newcastle Permanent’s website under the “Mid North Coast” tab.  







North Coast Football sincerely thanks its major sponsors!