Geez, I have done it again. I turned up to my first game of the season realising that my boots don’t fit me anymore and I’ve got the wrong-coloured socks on. I bet this has happened to you or a teammate on numerous occasions. To ensure this never happens again (hopefully) I have created a Sunday League Pre-season To Do List just for you!
HOW TO REGISTER
If you haven’t ever registered to play before you could get a little lost so here’s a brief guide on how to register.
First, all you have to do is load up the Play Football website or App and create an account. After this you will choose one of the following options:
- Re-Registering to play this season?
- New to Football?
- Coaches, Referees and Volunteers.
If you are a player you will be given six playing options-these options include: MiniRoos (4-11), Club Football, Women’s Football, Futsal/Social, Walking Football and Inclusion. Once you have chosen one of these options, select an age group you wish to play in and then choose which club you would like to play for. Some Clubs may want you to contact them first before registering.
If you need any more information on how to register all you have to do is go to the Registration Help section and get in touch.
Note that Junior players can use their ‘Active Kids Voucher’ towards their registration fees. Information for this can be found at the Service NSW Website.
FOOTBALL BOOTS AND KITS
If you are on the hunt for new kit, there are some great football stores out there. Here’s a few of the very best ones right here in Australia and New Zealand.
Ultra Football: Founded in 2018 Ultra Football is one of the largest Football stores in Australia. Located in Alexandria, Sydney, Ultra Football houses an indoor Football pitch, FIFA EA Sports x PS4 lounge, customisation zone, in-house barber and even an Italian Restaurant, so as you can see it is far different then your typical Football store.
They have an amazing easy to use website where you can order online and get free delivery with purchases over $150. With a range of some your favourite brands such as Nike, Adidas, Puma, Kappa and New Balance Ultra Football never disappoints.
Subside Sports: More Aussies than ever are shopping online therefore buying your Footballing essentials online could be one of your best options. If you’re a kit collector you can’t go wrong with Subside Sports. Subside Sports has one of the World’s Largest Selection of Football kits ranging across 42 leagues and that’s not including the 169 national team products they obtain. So, if you want to turn up to the first training session of the season in style Subside Sports have the kits for you.
Rebel: With 198 stores across Australia and New Zealand everyone is familiar with Rebel. Rebel has been supplying its customers with the highest quality of Footballing gear for over thirty-five years. With over 700 Football products in store and online including boots, balls, goals, goalkeeping products, shin guards and Indoor products, Rebel is your number one stop for all things Football.
So, what are you waiting for? Hop online or jump instore to be more ready than ever for the upcoming season wherever that may be.
FOOTBALL FAN AND PLAYER RESOURSES
There are so many Football pages and accounts to follow online so here’s a few of the best ones.
JonerFootball: Based in Sydney, Australia, JonerFootball has over 750 thousand followers across Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, and Youtube. The founder of JonerFootball and Head Coach is Lee Jones, an official Nike Football coach, licensed coach and an individual and small group specialist.
JonerFootball has worked with multiple A-League, W-League, Socceroo and Matilda players to help them improve their game. In 2017 JonerFootball was voted Top 10 technical trainer in the world. With many options on their website including Elite Camps, Online Training and the option to buy Online Drills, improving your skills couldn’t be easier.
d10football: Daniel Cappellaro is a footballer and coach who specialises in technical skills, 1v1 moves and tricks. Daniel is an official Puma athlete who has represented and helped found Cambio Cumbre – Western Australia’s most successful Futsal club. Daniel has an Instagram account and YouTube channel which has many easy to learn skill tutorial videos to help you improve your game.
Beckhambaker: Beckham Baker is a talented young Australian prodigy who plays for the Melbourne City U14’s. Beckham has an Instagram account which has loads of training drills including Speed and Agility Drills, Fitness drills, Ball Control Drills and more. Beckham also won a Global Child Prodigy Award.
WHAT TO PACK FOR GAMEDAY?
In prep for your game, you should always pack the night before so you don’t have to rush on the big day.
Getting a bigger bag such as a sports duffle bag is ideal, but any big bag will do the job.
Here is a list of the things you need to pack.
- You should be wearing your new football kit, otherwise remember to pack it and a spare
- Football Boots (if you’re not wearing them yet)
- Grip Socks
- Sock Tape
- Shin Guards
- Water Bottle
- Wrap Tape/Injury Tape
- Spare Goalkeeping Gloves (if you’re a Goalkeeper of course)
- Football Socks
- Sports Towel
Now that you have all this useful information at your fingertips you should be totally confident that you are ready to start your football season the right way. Whether as a player, coach, referee or fan I hope to see you on the pitch.
Now where did I put my shin pads??