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Welcome Kelsey Hodges!

kelsey hodgesWelcome Kelsey Hodges! Kelsey played with North Texas University from 2010-13 and had been looking for her next playing opportunity after returning from a season playing in Sweden. The American was contacted by senior head coach, Sinisa, who gave her a golden opportunity to join the Alamein FC senior squad.

Read about Kelsey's football odyssy here.

Lou Petrou - Our New Goalkeeper Coach

lou petrouA big welcome to new goal keeper coach, Lou Petrou who has come to teach our keepers what it takes to keep at the highest level. Having experience with Parma, Empoli, AC Milan and Inter Milan, Petrou brings a vast amount of knowledge and expertise to the Alamein goal keepers.



U13 Goalkeeper Vacancy

goalieAlamein FC has one position left in its U13 squad . We are seeking a Goalkeeper born in 2003 to fill this position. Please direct expressions of interest to Angelo Koutos, Technical Director on 0422 841 525.

 

FFV Statement - Alamein FC

xDSC06524 MediumNew playing name for club previously referred to as Melbourne United

Football Federation Victoria (FFV) would like to announce that PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women's club Alamein FC is the new playing name for the club previously referred to as ‘Melbourne United’.

The Club applied for a PS4 NPLW licence with 21 other Applicants in June last year. The Club was established by Ashburton United, one of FFV’s largest community clubs with a successful history in women and girls’ football, to apply for one of eight inaugural PS4 NPLW licences.

‘Melbourne United’ was one of three playing names proposed in the Club’s licence application.

The Club was successful in its application and was granted a three year licence to participate in the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women’s competition commencing this year.

The name change has come at the request of FFV due to the broad geographic region to which ‘Melbourne United’ refers.

Alamein FC President Alan Cubbon said “The name Melbourne United was intended to describe and support the inclusiveness and broad appeal of the centrally based Ashburton led entry into the PS4 NPLW.

"Alamein FC demonstrates an entirely different approach to the name whereby we have tried to acknowledge the club’s heritage and the community that has supported its growth.

"The club has adopted the name of the train line that runs through its heartland and ends in the area around Ashburton that was settled by returned servicemen after WWII adjacent to the club’s future home at Warner Reserve."

FFV would like to thank the Board of Alamein FC for their cooperation in working with it to resolve this issue and in determining the new club name, Alamein FC.
“The Board and staff of Alamein FC have worked closely with FFV to resolve this matter," FFV CEO Peter Gome said. "I would like to thank them for their professional and cooperative approach in this regard."
 
FFV will support Alamein FC in their work re-branding the Club to reflect the name change so that they will be ready well ahead of kick-off in the inaugural PS4 NPLW season in March.

Accommodation required for 2 American players

HouseWe're looking for two homestays in 2016!

We have two very talented American soccer players coming to play for Melbourne United in 2016 and they need some accommodation. We require one homestay for 6 weeks, and another for the entire season.   
If you are able and willing to host a player, please contact us via email for more information - CLICK HERE

Alamein FC adds a quantum of class to its roster

Annabelle Emma Sienna SmallAlamein Football Club (AFC) has signed three elite players from Sandringham’s Women’s Premier League (WPL) team. Annabelle Gibney, Sienna Fogarty and Emma Runnals have made the move from Sandringham in order to continue to play at the state’s highest level. All three feel invigorated by the change of club and the chance to participate in the newly formed Victorian Women’s National Premier League (WNPL) competition. All three boast impeccable soccer CVs and Runnals and Fogarty were part of Sandringham’s 2013 premiership team, while Gibney represented South Melbourne in the loosing grand final side. Individually, each player has won multiple accolades over the years featuring in various WPL teams of the week, teams of the month and polled strongly in the FFV Gold medal tally. Annabelle won the FFV’s Golden Boot award in 2007. All three cited coach Sinisa Cohadzic as one of the main factors in influencing them to move to MUFC. Fogarty noted “Sinisa’s sessions are meticulously planned, well executed and high intensity”. Despite being a new club, the three players have settled in well due to having previous connections with many of the core group of Ashburton WPL players. Gibney played with Ashburton prior to leaving to study overseas in the US and UK; Runnals trained with Ashburton in last year’s pre-season before committing to Sandringham due to scheduling reasons and Fogarty has played Futsal with some of the players. Moving across as a group of three also helped, but all stated that the move was made easy by the welcoming nature of the players. In terms of goals for the year the three players are excited by the challenge of fighting for their place in the team and all share Cohadzic’s ambition of winning the inaugural WNPL season. Cohadzic commented that “I am delighted and excited to have all three girls join us. All of them are quality players that will improve us and take us to the next level. Their character, determination and winning mentality are what I was looking for to build on our (Ashburton’s) success from last year and they will fit perfectly into the team culture that we have set.”

PS4 Women's National Premier Leagues Clubs Announced

WNPLEight clubs to form inaugural PS4 WNPL in 2016

Football Federation Victoria today announced the clubs to be offered licences for the inaugural PlayStation® 4 Women’s National Premier Leagues competition (PS4 WNPL).

The formation of the PS4 WNPL, set to start in 2016, marks a new era for female football in Victoria.

The eight clubs to form the inaugural PS4 WNPL Victoria are:

FC Bulleen Lions Galaxy United (Geelong)
Heidelberg United Melbourne United (Ashburton)
Box Hill United Keilor United
Bayside United Southern United (Greater Frankston and Casey area)

FFV President Kimon Taliadoros said the PS4 WNPL would be a profound leap forward for the game.

"We have established a dedicated Talented Player Pathway for girls and women across Melbourne and Geelong to achieve their football dreams," Taliadoros said.

"This is a significant step forward for the beautiful game in Victoria."

FFV CEO Peter Gome said the PS4 WNPL would set high standards on and off the field.

"This new league will create the strongest, most competitive women’s and girl’s competition in Victoria, both on and off the field," Gome said.

"The clubs chosen will enable us to significantly improve the rapidly growing women’s game in Victoria."

Emma Highwood, Football Federation Australia head of Community and Women's Football, was a member of the PS4 WNPL assessment panel.

"This is a very exciting time for women’s football in Victoria," Highwood said.

"We are thrilled with the number of quality applications received and thank all clubs for their interest".

Clubs were chosen based on their ranking against 10 selection criteria including youth development, coaching, facilities, finance and governance, as well as three additional criteria including council support, track record in women’s and girl’s football and geography.

In all, 22 clubs applied for the eight available licences.

Included in the eight inaugural clubs are six existing Sportsmart Women’s Premier League teams, three PS4 NPL clubs, two combined clubs from the strongest female participation areas and one Zagame's Women’s State League 1 team, which has been rewarded for a history of strong on and off field performance.

More than 10,000 women and girls currently play football in Victoria.

The eight successful clubs will now work closely with FFV in preparation for the PS4 WNPL 2016 season launch.

The PS4 WNPL Selection Criteria included:

Teams Youth Development
Coaching Governance
Organisational Structure Finance
Facilities Medical
Reporting Member Protection
Council support for facilities Geography
Track record in women's and girl's football  

The PS4 WNPL Selection Panel comprised of:

  • Independent Chair, Eugénie Buckley
  • Emma Highwood, FFA Head of Community and Women’s Football
  • Matthew Annells, FFV General Manager, Football Operations
  • David Smith, FFV Technical Director
  • Maggie Koumi, Chair FFV Women’s Standing Committee
  • Kat Smith, Victorian women’s football expert and former elite playe

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