Albury Wodonga Football Association
This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (August 2017)
|Number of teams||12|
|Level on pyramid||9|
|Domestic cup(s)||FFA Cup
Albury-Wodonga Football Association is an Association Football league encompassing much of North East Victoria & the Southern Riverina. Despite the fact that the associations headquarters and half of the clubs being based in the City Of Albury (New South Wales) they are an affiliate of the Football Federation Victoria, based in Melbourne, Victoria.
The association was formed in 1973 as the "Albury Wodonga Soccer Association". By the early 1990s the association was known as "Soccer Albury Wodonga" until the early 2000s the association was renamed to "Albury Wodonga Football Assotioation" as part to the Football Federation Australia's greater re-branding of the game in Australia.
"The Albury Wodonga Football Association (AWFA) is an organisation which designs, organises, implements, and controls football activities; coordinates, advises and supports member clubs; represents the sport and its members at the regional, state and national level and plans and organises sponsorship and promotion so that people can participate, enjoy and achieve through playing football."
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The league sits below the Victorian State League Division 5 and forms a part of the "Ninth tier" of league soccer in Australia. It is primarily staged in the Australian winter and, in its current format, runs between March and September. The league comprises teams based in the Australian states of Victoria & New South Wales, while the Football Federation Victoria is the governing body.
Each league comprises twelve teams competing in a number of competition. Every team plays each other twice over the course of a 24-week season, with two general bye rounds.
Promotion and Relegation:
Currently there is no "Second Division" of the Albury Wodonga Football Association and as such there is no promotion or relegation. Even thought the Men's & Women's competitions are called "Divisions" they are not divisions in the sense described here. The twelve clubs field teams in 14 competitions, nine of which are age-restricted competitions.
There is no promotion or relegation between the Albury Wodonga Football Association (Level 9) and the Victorian State League Division 5 (Level 8), however clubs may apply to join the VSL.
- The last club to join the association was the "Cobram Roar" in 2016 from the "Goulburn North East Football Association".
- The last club to leave the association was the "Benalla Rovers" in 2015 for the "Goulburn North East Football Association".
Cups & Finals
Albury Wodonga Football Association League Cup:
Currently the Albury Wodonga Football Association finals series also doubles as a "League Cup" where the top 8 teams play in a knockout style tournament over 3 weeks. There is no finals series for the teams that finish 9th or lower.
Dockerty Cup & FFA Cup:
Since The 2016 season Albury Wodonga Football Association clubs have taken part in the FFA Cup preliminary rounds, which also double as the early rounds of the Dockerty Cup. All fixtures are randomly drawn and are single leg knockout matches, currently all Victorian Regional Leagues clubs enter at the "First Qualifying Round". Only the last 4 Victorian clubs will qualify for the "First Round Proper" (Round of 32). To date no Albury Wodonga Football Association club has advanced beyond the fourth overall round.
Radio station 2AY broadcasts a segment titled "The Critic" every Saturday morning between 10:00am and 1:00pm, while mainly focusing on the local Australian Rules Football scene it occasionally covers the AWFA. ABC Goulburn Murray also covers the league during the "Local Grandstand" program every Saturday morning between 08:00am and 10:00am.
Print coverage is generally scant when compared to the Australian Rules Football coverage in the region's major daily newspaper, "The Border Mail". More coverage is provided by local newspaper's "Wangaratta Chronicle", "The Alpine Observer", "Myrtleford Times".
Live Match Coverage:
live Twitter feeds of some matches are provided by a team of media representatives, this may very depending on clubs.
Albury Wodonga Football Association produce regular highlights videos which are published on social media and their respective association & club websites. Some clubs air a "TeamTV" channel via YouTube or club websites, covers AWFA team match highlights including player and coaching staff interviews.
Albury Wodonga Football Association clubs
2017 affiliated clubs
- "Boomers Football Club" previously known as "Lavington Soccer Club" (1956-1991).
- "Melrose Football Club" previously known as "Melrose Park Rangers Soccer Club" (1973-?) / "Lavington Panthers Soccer Club" (?-?).
- "St Pat's Football Club" previously known as "St Patrick's Football Club" (1974-?).
- "Wodonga Heart Football Club" previously known as "Wodonga Panthers Football Club" (19??-2011).
Former affiliated clubs
|Benalla Rovers||1954||Benalla||Churchill Reserve||http://www.benallarovers.com.au/|
|Division 1 Men's|
|FFA Cup Qualifiers|
- "Strategic Plan 2010 to 2015" (pDF). Awfa.asn.au. Retrieved 2017-08-09.