Granville & Districts Soccer Football Association

The Granville & Districts Soccer Football Association has a long and proud history, dating from its inception in 1890 to the first formal competition in 1902. GDSFA has served all forms of the football community for over 117 years and caters for all players from the social player to the top elite level competitors.

Our footballing community is wide and diverse and we pride ourselves on being able to offer a service to all cultural communities, skill levels, genders and age groups. We firmly believe football crosses all cultural and social boundaries.

Our Association reaches out to communities from Lidcombe to Rouse Hill and currently has over 15,000 playing members.

Recently we formed a working group with the assistance of Football NSW (FNSW) to determine how we could make this long serving football association better for all of the key stakeholders. The working party consisted of 18 clubs from our north and south, members of the GDSFA board, FNSW and representatives from the Referees association.

The working party made a series of recommendations that were put forward as a motion at the recent AGM. It was voted unanimously to adopt all the recommendations. These will now help GDSFA build a better, football focused, association for the future the football community from Rouse Hill to Auburn and beyond. 


Board of Directors

At the GDSFA Board of Directors meeting held on Friday 11th December, the GDSFA Directors have, as required by the Constitution, been allocated portfolio to all Directors. These are as follows:

  • Director of Judiciary and Discipline - Kevin Haines
  • Director of Finance – Sebahattin Tas
  • Director of Coaching and Development – Dee Jonsson
  • Director of GDSFA Ladies – Vince Scarcella
  • Director of Referees – John Kemp
  • Director of Mini Roos – Graeme Carrett
  • Director of Parramatta FC – Poppy Kotsiopoulos

Additionally, the roles of Chairperson and Executive Director were determined as follows:

  • Chairperson – Sebahattin Tas
  • Executive Director – Poppy Kotsiopoulos

We congratulate all members of this very experienced team and look forward to the 2016 season under their guidance.


Referees course




Refereeing is a fun, exciting, challenging and rewarding way of being involved in Football.

Whether you are meeting new people, earning some pocket money

or even good enough to referee at an elite level, you are putting something back into the game you love.

Refereeing is also about player management skills. You will develop life skills and keep your fitness up.


Seeking females and males aged 13 and over (no restriction on maximum age) to become involved in refereeing. PLEASE READ BELOW.

STEP (1)

Complete Online Laws of the Game

PRINT & SCAN Certificate

STEP (2)

Register for a Course on MyFootballClub (MFC)

Course 1: Merrylands Bowling Club

Starts: Monday 1st February 2016

Course 2: Valentine Sports Park (FNSW HQ)

Starts: Saturday 6th February 2016

Course 3: Merrylands Bowling Club

Starts: Tuesday 22nd March 2016

STEP (3)

Payment: Upfront (Funds Transfer)

JUNIORS (18 & Under from 1st January) = $135

**$60 Course Fee

**$75 Membership

SENIORS (19+ from 1st January) = $155

**$60 Course Fee

**$95 Membership

Full Package: Juniors ($240) & Seniors ($260)

**Equipment Kit = $105 to be paid on Night/Day 1

NOTE: Refer to MFC for Payment Details. Email Receipt Number, Description along with LOTG Certificate to Emma Higgins. Once payment has been confirmed a ‘Welcome Package’ will be sent in the mail. For more information please contact Emma Higgins (Liaison Officer) at or 0416 527 947.


FootballGets Bigger


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Total participation numbers have surged this year as Football NSW hit 324,601 participants to well and truly surpass 2014 numbers.

An 8% year on year growth in registered outdoor football players (226,056) was the clear highlight in the 2015 figures released by Football NSW today, with total player registration numbers reaching 293,736.

The biggest percentage growth (19%) was seen in Summer Football, a small-sided social version of the beautiful game, where almost 24,000 players continued their football experience throughout the summer months.

Futsal participation rose by a similar amount, 10,041 players pulling on the boots for the indoor version of football, representing a 15% increase.

Referee numbers grew to 5,390 thanks in part to the many successful courses implemented throughout the season.

13,973 coaches registered for 2015, taking advantage of quality courses and coaching resources made available to them by Football NSW and Associations.

School numbers took a massive leap as 33,656 students participated in the sport compared with 25,000 in 2014. These numbers represent only the programs delivered by Football NSW and do not include school competitions.

Football NSW CEO Eddie Moore was ecstatic with the record numbers the game achieved for 2015 as well as achieving the golden 300,000 participant milestone.

"It is phenomenal to see the surge in popularity that football has experienced this past season," Moore said.

"Football NSW have worked tirelessly in achieving this magnificent result but it was supported greatly by a whole host of people in the football family.

"The spike in numbers can be credited towards the hard work and efforts of all our 706 clubs and the 11,503 volunteers who did their part in not only recruiting new players to our wonderful sport but to retain those who were registered in 2014.

"The Socceroos taking out the AFC Asian Cup as well as the Westfield Matildas doing ever so well at this year's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada combined with the successes of the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League to play a key role in this growth."

FFA CEO David Gallop has praised football organisations and Hyundai A-League clubs for their work in harnessing the booming interest in football.

"The heroes of this story are the thousands of volunteers in clubs across Australia, the suburban associations and zones," said Gallop.

"Guiding their efforts are the management teams in the state and territory member federations and A-league clubs. This huge increase would not be possible without a co-ordinated and integrated effort.

"Through their commitment to the cause the volunteers and managers enable so many Australians of all ages to play the beautiful game.

"By the same measure operators of indoor centres and increasingly school teachers play a huge role in getting the game played.

"I thank each and every volunteer and staff member who has contributed to this success."


2016 Competitions Declaration of Leagues

At their meeting on 24 September 2015 the Football NSW Board considered the applications submitted by Football Associations, Clubs and Regional Branches (the Clubs) to participate in the men’s, women’s, boys’ and girls’ leagues conducted by Football NSW in 2016.

Declaration of Leagues

The relevant Circular for each of the Leagues and the Skill Acquisition Program can be viewed below: 

Declaration of Leagues 2016 Mens Senior Competitions

Declaration of Leagues 2016 Womens Competitions

Declaration of Leagues Youth Boys Competitions

Skill Acquisition Program (SAP)

2016 Competitions

Football NSW is committed to the continued improvement of competition management, establishing best practice platforms from which the Clubs can operate their business of providing development and performance opportunities for the State’s talented players.

Participation in Football NSW competitions is contingent upon Clubs continued commitment to the National and State football framework.

We remind all successful applicants of their responsibility to adhere to the terms and conditions of the Participation Agreement, FFA and FNSW rules and regulations whilst participating in our competitions and programs. For clarity, entry into, and continued participation in, Football NSW Competitions, the FFA Cup and the PS4 National Premier Leagues Finals Series is contingent upon ongoing compliance with the Participation Agreement.

We also take this opportunity to remind Clubs of their responsibility to meet the commercial and financial obligations of participation in Football NSW competitions. Any financial default will be dealt with in accordance with the Football NSW By-Laws and the Football NSW Grievance & Disciplinary Regulations, and may result in the loss of competition points, the forfeiting of matches, the imposition of fines and/or other sanctions.

FNSW retains the right to cancel an applicant’s licence to participate in our competitions or programs if it considers that an applicant has failed to comply with its responsibilities.

We extend our thanks to the Clubs for their efforts in embracing the National and State objectives, and look forward to working together to see our common goals achieved in 2016 and beyond.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the important role Football Clubs, Associations and Regional Branches play in providing development opportunities for the State’s talented players. There is a great deal of work undertaken to document and provide these opportunities, for which Football NSW is extremely grateful.

Eddie Moore

Football NSW CEO


Sponsorship Opportunities

The GDSFA is an Association of some 15,000 amateur players and the owner of the Parramatta FC Eagles which fields teams in FNSW Mens Premier League 1 and Women's State League.
Whether your core business is trade-related, corporate, a service industry, an importer or simply a football fan, the GDSFA can provide exposure for you and your business in several levels of football to suit your target audience.

Once you find yourself on board with the GDSFA, we're sure you'll ask yourself "Why didn't I do this before?". Have a look through the GDSFA's Sponsorship Outline and, if it meets your needs (or you would like to discuss an alternative), contact the General Manager, Michael Briggs.


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