The sound of happy voices. The clatter of studs on concrete. The smell of freshly cut grass and the ubiquitous BBQ. And copious amounts of coffee for parents and guardians, of course! It must be the return of the Capital Football Project Coordination Junior League!
Our member clubs are primed and ready to go for another season of football in the national capital and, as we are sure all the participants agree, we cannot wait for the big kick-off and all the fun that it brings.
The Capital Football Project Coordination Junior League offers divisional competitions for U12 up to U18, and oversees the competition management of U10 and U11 MiniRoos, with our clubs and their amazing volunteers delivering MiniRoos opportunities for those eager players under the age of nine.
“Many of our clubs offer a full pathway for players from MiniRoos through to first grade, and there have been incidences of players going through the ranks all the way to our top level,” Capital Football Head of Participation and Game Development, Mark Barnes, commented.
“Whilst we manage these competitions for junior players, it simply would not be possible without the huge amount of time and dedication given by the army of volunteers and club representatives who allow our next generation of superstars to begin, or continue, their journey in our great game.
“We thank them all for the impact they have on instilling a love for the game in our juniors and we wish everyone participating a wonderful and successful 2023 season.”
This season the Junior League will be known as the Project Coordination Junior League thanks to a title sponsorship taken up by the Canberra-based construction company who are huge supporters of football in the region.
“Capital Football is extremely proud that Project Coordination have taken up the option to support the game by becoming title sponsors of the Junior League competition,” Capital Football CEO, Ivan Slavich, said.
“The Junior League is a massive part of our football operations in Canberra and the region, with a vast number of players involved at all age groups, from under-9 up to under-18. It provides a gateway to the game at an introductory level with MiniRoos and provides competitive action in the higher age grades.
“I am excited for the start of the new Project Coordination Junior League and am looking forward to visiting our clubs throughout the 2023 campaign.”
The 2023 season will comprise of 12 Divisions and 28 clubs, with a total of 250 teams taking part plus our MiniRoos. This equates to over 10,000 youngsters participating in football in the Project Coordination Junior League and MiniRoos competitions, Gungahlin United leading the way with an outstanding 22 teams registered.
In this, a FIFA Women’s World Cup year, and with the tournament being held right here in Australia and New Zealand, we are expecting many new interested girls to take up the sport and Woden Valley currently field eight teams across the Junior League Girls competition.
“We are excited to be part of the new season as title sponsors of the Junior League and are looking forward to the new campaign,” Paul Murphy, Chairman of Project Coordination, commented.
“The start of a new season at any level always brings with it a heightened sense of anticipation, and this is particularly palpable at Junior level. We encourage all the participants to show their talent to the full and wish them all the best of luck for a successful and enjoyable season.”
The competition begins on 22 April 2023.