Football is the fastest growing female participation sport in the country. With this in mind, NSFA decided that there needed to be a development pathway for girls who wanted to take their football more seriously. Diamond League was the answer; this competition has been specifically designed for girls who want to take their football to the next level.
Diamond League is a girls-only competition that will enable girls to develop their technical football skills and “football confidence” far more quickly in a girls-only environment. The competition was created to bridge the gap between representative football and club football with access to highly accredited coaches.
Now in its third year, Diamond League now operates across the G11, G12, and G14 age groups with further expansion expected in the years to come.
There are six teams in each age group from five different clubs.
The Diamond League clubs consists of:
In 2016 the NSFA made the progressive step to move the G12 competition to a 9v9 small sided format to coincide with the development philosophies outlined in the National Football Curriculum and to align with Football NSW SAP protocol.
"As an association, NSFA is proud to be leading the developmental pathway for girls-only football with the Diamond League competition. "
The focus on development has already delivered the association an impressive array of high quality outcomes.
In 2015 Diamond League teams won the State Cup, Kanga Cup and Champion of Champions competitions. An outstanding achievement. No other association has ever achieved a trifecta of wins in these competitions in the same year and it provides us with ample evidence that Diamond League is a successful formula. In last year’s State Cup five of the eight Quarter Finalists were all Diamond League teams.
Diamond League has proven to be the development pathway that was originally envisaged, and in 2016 multiple players from the Diamond League program are now playing representative football for the Northern Tigers and North Shore Mariners.
As an association, NSFA is proud to be leading the developmental pathway for girls-only football with the Diamond League competition. Football NSW has also recognised the significance of this amazing girls-only competition and will be using NSFA’s Diamond League model to roll out to other football
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