Football West is the state governing and censoring body for soccer in Western Australia (WA). It is affiliated with Football Australia (FA), the sport's national governing body, and through FA's affiliation to FIFA. Football West's premier competition is the National Premier Leagues (NPL) WA, which is the highest league in WA and one tier below the national A-League. NPL WA is a division within the National Premier Leagues. Football West is also responsible for running Western Australia's National Training Centre in conjunction with FA and the WA Government's Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC). Football West also runs the Football West State Cup knock-out cup. This has been known as the Belt Up Cup since 2018 as part of a partnership with the Insurance Commission of WA. Since 2014 the two State Cup finalists also qualify for the FFA Cup.
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The Western Australian Soccer Association was established in July 2004 to represent the all levels of competition and the game of soccer in Perth metropolitan and regional Western Australia. The body was formed following a period of national and state review and reform, that was led by Federal and State Governments and facilitated by the Department of Sport and Recreation WA (now part of the larger DLGSC) with the objective of creating a unified State soccer body representative. The association changed its name to Football West in early 2005.
In 2014 Football West invested more than $45,000 in subsidising coaching courses to promote coach education programs in the NPL.
In May 2019, Liberal-National Coalition Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledged $16.25 million towards a State Football Centre at Maniana Reserve, Queens Park, Cannington.
The number of registered participants in Western Australia in the 2016 season was over 44,000.
The current board members (directors) of Football West are Sherif Andrawes (Chairman), Will Golsby (Deputy Chairman), Amy Johnson, Jason Petkovic, Elizabeth Tylich, Richard Marshall and Andrea Hoskins. The current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is James Curtis.
The objectives of Football West are:
- Develop strong customer focus and a service delivery ethos
- Ensure structural and philosophical alignment with all stakeholders
- Deliver financial and organisation sustainability through effective corporate governance
- Be passionate about improving football
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