In 2018, a new look Central Coast Football representative team, Central Coast United FC, will launch into its first season in the football NSW Leagues.
Central Coast United FC is committed to providing an opportunity for players to represent the region at the highest possible level within the Football NSW National Premier League (NPL). Central Coast United FC is a continuation of the Central Coast Football Association (CCFA) program that represented the region in 2017 Association Youth League (AYL) and Skill Acquisition Program (SAP) Development Leagues. Matthew Crowell has been overseeing the progress of Central Coast United, and said it will be a “pure Central Coast representative football club”.
To be eligible to trial for the representative club, players must fit one of five criteria. The first is that players currently play junior or senior football on the Central Coast; or that they played their junior football on the Central Coast; or they were born on the Central Coast; or they currently live on the Central Coast; or they have a recognised affiliation with the Central Coast. Central Coast United will be conducting a variety of trials to find appropriate talent for representative clubs on the Central Coast.
The under 18’s, 20’s and seniors’ trials begin on Tuesday, October 24, with the second round on Thursday, October 26, followed by the third round on Saturday, October 28, with the final round of trials on Sunday, October 29. The first round of trials for the U13’s and U14’s will start Tuesday, October 31, with the second round of trials commencing Thursday, November 2, followed by round 3, on Saturday, November 4. The first round of trials for the U15’s and U16’s will commence on Tuesday, November 7, with the second round commencing on Thursday, November 9, followed by round 3 on Saturday, November 11. Central Coast United has been described as a whole new program, set up by Central Coast Football. Central Coast United recently unveiled their fi rst two signings for the upcoming season with local Central Coast talent, Geordie Howe and Daniel McFarlane, being uncovered as the fi rst ever player signings for 2018.
Sources: Interview, Oct 23 Matthew Crowell, Central Coast United Media Release, Oct 20 Central Coast United