The head of the Association of Australian Football Clubs (AAFC) Rabieh Krayem says the NPL cost structure must change so exorbitant fees to play football are no longer passed on to kids.
AAFC’s main focus since it formed 12 months ago centred on being included in the discussions around the composition of the FFA Congress as well as the implementation of a national second division.
But the AAFC, which boasts the support of over 120 NPL clubs, also wants to lower the costs for children to play football.
It’s hard not see why when compared to codes like AFL ($195) and Rugby League ($235), with football’s average upfront registration cost of $415, while some Football NSW youth programs charge fees of up to $2400 a year.
Next month representatives of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will be in Australia with the aim of resolving the on-going congress issue and the cost of football would also be discussed, Krayem said.
“The AFC is also very much focused on how to reduce the cost of kids to play in the NPL,” he said.
“The NPL clubs nationally continue to push for a second-tier competition.
“Our discussions with FFA have been very fruitful in relation to the second tier and we’ve also talked to them about the NPL cost structure.
“But, the second-tier competition and the cost of playing NPL for the kids come hand in hand because the cost of playing is a big issue for clubs across the country.”