Player Pathway

Association Youth League (previously Regional Conference)

2013 was the inaugural year of the Regional Conference, initiated as an outcome of the FNSW Competitions Review to provide a development opportunity for aspiring footballers between grassroots football and the FNSW National Premier League Men's competitions. In 2017 this was renamed the Association Youth League and is comprised of Football Associations affiliated to Football NSW. The competition is offered to boys in the age groups of U13, U14, U15 and U16.

AYL teams players play every weekend from March to September and do not play for their local club.

Squads are for Under 13, 14, 15 and 16 Age Groups and complement existing FNSW NPL Mens 1 & 2 squads at these Age Groups, and as preparation and transition squads for FNSW NPL Youth squads.

AYL players come from local GHFA Clubs deliver benefits to the local GHFA member Clubs:

  • the players receive special training and experience that they can ultimately take back to the Clubs
  • SpiritFC have the opportunity to observe and train potential representative grade players
  • SpiritFC has greater opportunity to work with new, qualified coaches

Selection trials for AYL are normally held in the October to December period of each Calendar year. GHFA will advise the date and times of trials via this website.

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