Albury Wodonga Football Association

Albury Wodonga Football Association is a soccer league encompassing much of North East Victoria & the Southern Riverina. The association's headquarters and half of the clubs are based in the City Of Albury (New South Wales), and are affiliated under the auspices of Football New South Wales (FNSW). The clubs based in Victoria, whilst affiliated from a registration point of view with Football Federation Victoria (FFV), are governed by FNSW.[citation needed]. Their mission statement is to be 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."[1]

Albury Wodonga Football Association
Founded1973
First season1973
CountryAustralia
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid9
Domestic cup(s)Dockerty Cup
FFA Cup
WebsiteAWFA.asn.au

HistoryEdit

The association was formed in 1973 as the "Albury Wodonga Soccer Association". The association was known as "Soccer Albury Wodonga" from the 1990s until the early 2000s, when the association was renamed as part of Football Federation Australia's re-branding of the game in Australia.[citation needed]

FormatEdit

Structure: Male Structure: Female
  • Division 1 Men's
  • Division 2 Men's
  • Division 3 Men's
    • Over 35 Men's
    • Under 16 Boys
    • Under 14 Boys
    • Under 13 Boys
    • Under 12 Boys
  • Division 1 Women's
  • Division 2 Women's
    • Under 16 Girls
    • Under 14 Girls
    • Under 12 Girls

[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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, so there is no promotion or relegation. 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.

Cups and FinalsEdit

Albury Wodonga Football Association League CupEdit

Currently the finals series also doubles as a "League Cup", where the top 8 teams play in a knockout style tournament over 3 weeks.

Dockerty Cup and FFA CupEdit

Since the 2016 season Albury Wodonga Football Association clubs have taken part in the FFA Cup preliminary rounds, which also double as the initial rounds of the Dockerty Cup. Fixtures are randomly drawn as single-leg knockout matches. Currently all Victorian Regional Leagues clubs enter at the "First Qualifying Round", and only the last 4 Victorian clubs will qualify for the final rounds of the competition (at the Round of 32). To date, no Albury Wodonga Football Association club has advanced beyond the third preliminary round.

Media coverageEdit

Radio:
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 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.

Television:
Local TV news broadcasts from Prime7 News & WIN News air weekend match highlights including player and coaching staff interviews, as well as covering all scores.

Newspapers:
Print coverage is generally scant when compared to the Australian 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.

Video Highlights:
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 clubsEdit

2019 Affiliated ClubsEdit

Club Location State Venue Est. Joined Div.1 Men's League Titles Div.1 Men's Cup Titles Div.1 Women's League Titles Div.1 Women's Cup Titles Link
          Albury City Lavington NSW Jelbart Park – East Field 1974 1974 7 9 5 6 ACFC
          Albury Hotspurs South Albury NSW Aloysius Park 1973 ? (1974) 5 6 2 1 AHSC
          Albury United Lavington NSW Jelbart Park – West Field 1967 ? (1975) 9 7 3 2 AUSC
          Boomers [note 1] Glenroy NSW Glen Park 1956 1973 4 3 11 8 BFC
          Cobram Roar Cobram VIC Cobram Showgrounds 2014 2016 1 0 0 0 CRFC
          Melrose [note 2] Lavington NSW Melrose Park 1973 1973 3 3 5 4 MFC
          Myrtleford Savoy Myrtleford VIC Savoy Park 1953 ? (1977) 3 3 1 0 MSFC
          St Pats [note 3] East Albury NSW Alexandra Park 1974 ? (1978) 0 0 3 2 SPFC
          Twin City Wanderers Wodonga VIC Kelly Park 1973 1973 3 3 0 1 TCWFC
          Wangaratta City Wangaratta VIC South Wangaratta Reserve 1951 ? (1979) 5 3 0 0 WCFC
          Wodonga Diamonds West Wodonga VIC Diamonds on La Trobe 1974 ? (1976) 7 9 6 10 WDFC
          Wodonga Heart [note 4] Wodonga VIC Willow Park 1979 ? (1986) 0 0 0 0 WHFC
Joined years are listed as "? (year)" as this is the first year listed below, and may have joined sooner.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Boomers Football Club" were previously known as "Lavington Soccer Club" from establishment in 1956 to 1991, before renaming to "SS&A Boomers" from 1992 until 2010.
  2. ^ "Melrose Football Club" were previously known as "Melrose Park Rangers Soccer Club" from establishment in 1973 to 2001, before renaming to "Lavington Panthers Soccer Club" from 2002 until 2009.
  3. ^ "St Pats Football Club" were previously known as "St Patrick's Football Club" from establishment in 1976 until 2013.
  4. ^ "Wodonga Heart Football Club" were previously known as "Wodonga City Soccer Club" from establishment in 1979 to 1993, then "Willow Park Panthers Soccer Club" from 1993 to 1995, before renaming to "Wodonga Panthers Football Club" from 1995 until 2011.

Former affiliated clubsEdit

Club Founded Location Home ground Website
Benalla Rovers 1954 Benalla Churchill Reserve https://web.archive.org/web/20170215014237/http://benallarovers.com.au/

HonorsEdit

AWFA Division 1 Men League Champions (Summary)
Club Occasions Year
Albury United 9 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015
Wodonga Diamonds 7 1977, 1985, 1986, 1990, 2001, 2002, 2013
Albury City 7 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1992, 1994
Albury Hotspurs 5 1987, 1988, 1991, 2000, 2003
Wangaratta City 5 1980, 1981, 1982, 1996, 2019
Boomers FC 3 1984, 1995, 2012
Melrose FC 3 1989, 1993, 2004
Myrtleford Savoy 3 2006, 2017, 2018
Twin City Wanderers 3 1974, 2010, 2014
Cobram Roar 1 2016
Albury Rovers 1 1973
AWFA Division 1 Men Cup Winners (Summary)
Club Occasions Year
Wodonga Diamonds 9 1977, 1981, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2011, 2013, 2014
Albury City 9 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1992, 1994
Albury United 7 1997, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012
Albury Hotspurs 6 1975, 1980, 1987, 1988, 1999, 2003
Boomers FC 4 1973, 1996, 1998, 2009
Wangaratta City 4 1982, 1995, 2015, 2019
Melrose 3 1986, 1991, 1993
Myrtleford Savoy 3 2016, 2017, 2018
Twin City Wanderers 3 1973, 2008, 2010
AWFA League Div 1 Men AWFA Cup Div 1 Men
Year Winner Runner-Up Year Winner Runner-Up Score
2019 Wangaratta City Myrtleford Savoy 2019 Wangaratta City Myrtleford Savoy 4-0
2018 Myrtleford Savoy Wangaratta City 2018 Myrtleford Savoy Boomers FC 3–1
2017 Myrtleford Savoy Albury United 2017 Myrtleford Savoy Cobram Roar 2–0
2016 Cobram Roar Myrtleford Savoy 2016 Myrtleford Savoy Albury City 2–0
2015 Albury United Boomers FC 2015 Wangaratta City Myrtleford Savoy 5–0
2014 Twin City Wanderers Boomers FC 2014 Wodonga Diamonds Twin City Wanderers 5–3
2013 Wodonga Diamonds Myrtleford Savoy 2013 Wodonga Diamonds Myrtleford Savoy 5–1
2012 Boomers FC Myrtleford Savoy 2012 Albury United Melrose Park Rangers 3–2
2011 Albury United Melrose Park Rangers 2011 Wodonga Diamonds Albury United 3–2
2010 Twin City Wanderers Lavington Panthers 2010 Twin City Wanderers Lavington Panthers 4–2
2009 Albury United SS&A Boomers 2009 SS&A Boomers Twin City Wanderers 1–0
2008 Albury United Myrtleford Savoy 2008 Twin City Wanderers SS&A Boomers 2–1
2007 Albury United Myrtleford Savoy 2007 Albury United Myrtleford Savoy 2–1
2006 Myrtleford Savoy Albury United 2006 Albury United Myrtleford Savoy 5–1
2005 Albury United Albury Hotspurs 2005 Albury United Albury Hotspurs 3–1
2004 Lavington Panthers Albury Hotspurs 2004 Albury United Lavington Panthers 1–0
2003 Albury Hotspurs Albury United 2003 Albury Hotspurs Wodonga Diamonds 6–1
2002 Wodonga Diamonds Albury United 2002 Albury United Wodonga Diamonds 2–0
2001 Wodonga Diamonds Albury Hotspurs 2001 Wodonga Diamonds Albury United 2–1
2000 Albury Hotspurs Albury United 2000 Wodonga Diamonds Wangaratta City 1–0
1999 Albury United SS&A Boomers 1999 Albury Hotspurs Albury United 3–1
1998 Albury United Albury City 1998 SS&A Boomers Wodonga Diamonds 2–1
1997 Albury United St Pats 1997 Albury United St Pats 2–1
1996 Wangaratta City Melrose Park Rangers 1996 SS&A Boomers Wangaratta City 4–2
1995 SS&A Boomers Wodonga Diamonds 1995 Wangaratta City SS&A Boomers 4–1
1994 Albury City Albury United 1994 Albury City St Pats 2–1
1993 Melrose Park Rangers Wodonga Diamonds 1993 Melrose Park Rangers Albury Hotspurs 4–2
1992 Albury City Melrose Park Rangers 1992 Albury City Melrose Park Rangers 3–1
1991 Albury Hotspurs Melrose Park Rangers 1991 Melrose Park Rangers Albury Hotspurs 4–1
1990 Wodonga Diamonds Albury Hotspurs 1990 Wodonga Diamonds Albury Hotspurs 1–0
1989 Melrose Park Rangers Twin City Wanderers 1989 Wodonga Diamonds Melrose Park Rangers 1–0
1988 Albury Hotspurs Twin City Wanderers 1988 Albury Hotspurs Wodonga Diamonds 1–0
1987 Albury Hotspurs Wodonga Diamonds 1987 Albury Hotspurs Lavington 2–1
1986 Wodonga Diamonds Wangaratta City 1986 Melrose Park Rangers Albury Hotspurs 2–1
1985 Wodonga Diamonds Lavington 1985 Albury City Wodonga Diamonds 6–4
1984 Lavington Albury City 1984 Albury City Lavington 4–2
1983 Albury City Lavington 1983 Albury City Lavington 2–1
1982 Wangaratta City Wodonga Diamonds 1982 Wangaratta City Wodonga Diamonds 3–1
1981 Wangaratta City Myrtleford Savoy 1981 Wodonga Diamonds Wangaratta City 2–0
1980 Wangaratta City Albury Hotspurs 1980 Albury Hotspurs Myrtleford Savoy 1–0
1979 Albury City Twin City Wanderers 1979 Albury City Twin City Wanderers 2–1
1978 Albury City Twin City Wanderers 1978 Albury City Albury Hotspurs 5–3
1977 Wodonga Diamonds Myrtleford Savoy 1977 Wodonga Diamonds Myrtleford Savoy 4–1
1976 Albury City Wodonga Diamonds 1976 Albury City Wodonga Diamonds 3–1
1975 Albury City Melrose Park Rangers 1975 Albury Hotspurs Albury City 3–2
1974 Twin City Wanderers Albury City 1974 Albury City Melrose Park Rangers 2–0
1973 Albury Rovers Melrose Park Rangers 1973 Lavington Melrose Park Rangers
AWFA League Div 1 Women AWFA Cup Div 1 Women
Year Winner Runner-Up Year Winner Runner-Up Score
2019 St Pats Albury United 2019 Wangaratta City St Pats 3-0
2018 Albury City Wangaratta City 2018 Albury City Wangaratta City 3–2
2017 Albury City Boomers FC 2017 Boomers FC Albury City 1–0
2016 Boomers FC Albury City 2016 Albury City Boomers FC 9–7
2015 Albury City Boomers FC 2015 Boomers FC Albury United 2–1
2014 Wodonga Diamonds Boomers FC 2014 Albury City Boomers FC 3–1
2013 Boomers FC Albury City 2013 Albury City Boomers FC 1–0
2012 Albury City Wodonga Diamonds 2012 Albury City Boomers FC 2–1
2011 Boomers FC Albury City 2011 Boomers FC Albury City
2010 Albury United St Patricks 2010 Boomers FC St Patricks 1–0
2009 SS&A Boomers St Patricks 2009 SS&A Boomers Albury City 2–0
2008 Myrtleford Savoy 2008 SS&A Boomers
2007 Wodonga Diamonds St Patricks 2007 Wodonga Diamonds St Patricks 1–0
2006 SS&A Boomers St Patricks 2006 St Patricks SS&A Boomers 2–1
2005 SS&A Boomers St Patricks 2005 SS&A Boomers St Patricks 1–0
2004 St Patricks Wodonga Diamonds 2004 Twin City Wanderers SS&A Boomers 2–1
2003 St Patricks Albury United 2003 St Patricks SS&A Boomers 5–1
2002 Albury Hotspurs SS&A Boomers 2002 Albury Hotspurs SS&A Boomers 5–4
2001 SS&A Boomers Wodonga Diamonds 2001 Wodonga Diamonds SS&A Boomers 3–1
2000 Albury Hotspurs SS&A Boomers 2000 SS&A Boomers Albury Hotspurs 4–1
1999 SS&A Boomers St Patricks 1999 Wodonga Diamonds Albury Hotspurs
1998 Wodonga Diamonds SS&A Boomers 1998 Wodonga Diamonds SS&A Boomers
1997 Wodonga Diamonds St Patricks 1997 Wodonga Diamonds St Patricks
1996 Wodonga Diamonds 1996 Wodonga Diamonds St Patricks
1995 Wodonga Diamonds 1995 Wodonga Diamonds SS&A Boomers
1994 SS&A Boomers 1994 Wodonga Diamonds Albury Hotspurs
1993 SS&A Boomers 1993 Wodonga Diamonds SS&A Boomers
1992 SS&A Boomers 1992
1991 Albury United 1991 Albury United Wodonga Diamonds 1–0
1990 Albury United 1990 Albury United Albury Hotspurs
1989 1989 Wodonga Diamonds Myrtleford Savoy
1988 Albury City 1988 Albury City
1987 1987
1986 Melrose Park Rangers 1986
1985 Melrose Park Rangers 1985 Melrose Park Rangers
1984 Melrose Park Rangers 1984 Melrose Park Rangers
1983 1983
1982 1982
1981 Melrose Park Rangers Wodonga Diamonds 1981 Melrose Park Rangers St Patricks 1–0
1980 Melrose Park Rangers Wodonga Diamonds 1980 Melrose Park Rangers Albury City 4–0

Note: Information has been sourced from websites including those of Albury-Wodonga Football Association, Albury United and Albury Hotspurs.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Strategic Plan 2010 to 2015" (pDF). Awfa.asn.au. Retrieved 2017-08-09.

External linksEdit