Football (soccer)

Soccer

Soccer as it is called in Australia is also known around the world as Football. Because it is so popular it is also referred to as the world game. It can take many forms, be played indoors or outdoors on a variety of surfaces, on fields of different sizes and with varied numbers of players.

The basic idea is for two teams of 11 players to play against each other, each attempting to kick a ball into their opponents' goal to score. The team with the most 'goals' at the end of the game wins.

Tip

If you’re new to football, the most important rule is no hands (including arms).

Benefits

  • Aerobic fitness
  • Develop teamwork and leadership
  • Better motor skills
  • Make new friends

Equipment

To get started all you really need is a ball, sports clothes, shoes and a place to play with some friends.

If you start to get more serious with your playing you may want to invest in a pair of football boots.

Seasons / typical registration period

For outdoor winter soccer, registration usually begins in January and continues throughout the season. Summer registrations begin around August, and indoor can be played all year round.

Approximate participation costs

Participation costs will differ depending on age, format, level of competition and location.

Levels of competition

Football in Australia can be played at every level, from absolute beginner to professional. It is a game that can be played from Under 5s to Over 45s!

Football (soccer) organisations

Football Federation Australia

Similar options

Futsal (indoor soccer), AFL, NRL, rugby union and touch football.