Women's football continues to grow in Sydney's south-west and the Southern Districts Soccer Football Association (SDSFA) is helping to continue that growth with the introduction of Mums Football.
The concept was introduced in 2018 to great acclaim and offers new mums a great way to get their fitness back and find new mates in a friendly environment.
Hosted at the SDSFA's Hoxton Park Reserve on Wednesday nights the seven-a-side competition has been hailed as a great way for soccer mums to get up and about and reclaim their fitness.
The idea was born when Hinchinbrook Sports Club president Colin Reddish spotted some mums exercising while their kids were playing soccer.
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“We were looking for a way to get the mums more involved in the club,” he told the SDSFA website at the start of the competition in November.
“We thought, if they’re interested in it, let’s get them more understanding about football and the best way for them to do that is for them to play the game.”
SDSFA’s Gino Marra confirmed that after the success of the summer season, the association would be bringing it back for the 2019 winter season.
The competition fits perfectly with the association’s aim to continue to grow the women's game in the area, alongside the incredibly successful men's and boy's competitions already being run.
The SDSFA is home to 35 local clubs and 7,780 players across all competitions.
That number is set to grow in 2019 and prospective players – whether they are completely new to the sport or looking to return to football this year – will be sure to find a club close to home with teams ready for new players.
The Southern Districts Soccer Football Association has been long regarded as one of the hotbeds of Australian football talent in both the male and female category, with the area producing a number of past and present Matildas and Socceroos stars.
This statistic is set to grow with the continual development of players within the football-mad area.