History of AWFA
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Albury Wodonga Soccer Association Incorporated was formed in 1973 and traded as Soccer Albury Wodonga for a short period before changing its name to the Albury Wodonga Football Association.
The name change was to come in line with national directive of (soccer) football in Australia and was passed at the Annual General meeting 11th December 2005.
In the late 1940s, through to the the early 1960s, competitive soccer was being played in the area due mainly to the influx of large numbers of post war European settlers the Bonegilla migrant camp. However, as Bonegilla's importance as a migrant facility declined, so too did soccer in the area. Eventually, only two teams - Albury United and Wodonga Border - remained through the next decade, playing in the North Eastern Victoria League against teams from Cobram, Shepparton, Myrtleford, Wangaratta and Benalla. This was basically a competition for "senior" teams to the point where junior soccer was virtually non-existent in the area.
During the early to mid 1970's, the area experienced a large population growth and a similar increase in development, brought about by the policy's of the then Federal Government in conjunction with both the State Governments.
In 1973, the Albury Wodonga Soccer Association was formed due to two factors:
Shepparton based clubs were numerically dominant in the North Eastern Victoria League, which necessitated regular and lengthy travel by purely amateur players, who recognised the need for more localised competition; and
The influx of population into Albury-Wodonga brought many junior soccer players who had no organised sport to play, so that their parents also supported the need for a local association.
As a result, the Association was formed with five clubs - Albury Rovers, Albury Hotspurs, Melrose Park Rangers, Lavington and Twin City Wanderers. Both Albury United and Wodonga Border remained in the North Eastern Victoria League to fulfil their 1973 commitments, after which they both joined the new association at the start of the 1974 season along with the newly formed, Albury City, to make up an eight team league.
1974 saw an explosion in the junior ranks, and in less than twelve months the number of players in the Association had increased from less than one hundred to almost one thousand. The impetus for such growth was due to the development of organised competitive soccer for junior players in the area.
In 1977, the Myrtleford and Wangaratta clubs (formerly in the North Eastern Victoria League) saw and recognised the benefits the Association was providing and were admitted to membership.
Of more recent times, Willow Park Panthers (or as they are now known Wodonga Panthers) and as recently as 1995 Benalla (another former adversary in the North Eastern Victoria League) have been admitted to membership, making the Association a twelve team competition.
Our two main objectives are:
To promote the code of soccer football in all genders in the Albury-Wodonga area; and
To organise and control the playing of soccer football in the Albury-Wodonga area.
The Association caters for all age groups from Under 8's (Rooball), Under 9's through to all age divisions in all genders. Based on season 2000 figures the Association has a total of 1624 players registered - of this total, 1208 were juniors.
The Association coordinates the playing of soccer on four levels, one social and three competitive; these levels are:
Rooball, which introduces the concept of soccer at a non-competitive level for juniors under the age of eight.
Domestic League and Cup competitions
Inter-District, representative, competitions - designed to meet the demands for the next higher level of competition.
Talented athlete recognition programmes - e.g., ITP, Academy of Sport, National Youth League and metropolitan based competitions.
Soccer Albury Wodonga teams have enjoyed considerable success at all higher levels of competition.