On Tuesday, 19 September, Football West announced that in 2018 all U12 divisions will be played under a nine-player format. This decision was made after consultation with the WA football community, and under the technical direction of Football Federation Australia. The reasons are that this format emphasises engagement and enhances player development, and will provide a better learning environment to allow young players to realise their potential.
Football West’s announcement provides clarity that the U12 NPL competition has been discontinued.
Subiaco AFC remains committed to ensuring that all players are given the opportunity to develop in 2018, and that those who aspire to playing in the NPL are given the best possible preparation prior to trials for the 2019 season.
Subiaco AFC supports this decision as a positive move for youth development, bringing football in WA in line with Football Federation Australia guidelines.
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