The Griffith District Football Association have announced two changes to the local competition which they hope will help lead to a more even competition when the 2019 season gets underway.
After a majority voted decision at a recent meeting the under 16s competition will be moved to be played on Sunday mornings while their will also be a cap of four NPL dual registered players per club for the under 16s and senior competitions.
“The decision was hard to reach with numerous debates surrounding the disadvantages and advantages of how this would impact clubs,” GDFA president Dom Schirripa said.
“But a change is what is needed to try to improve the comp.”
GDFA believe capping dual rego’s will even out the talent across clubs allowing for a more exciting and competitive local competition.
“The 2019 Senior competition will also see a return of a First and Reserve grade squad and invite new and former players to get involved,” he said.
The association stressed the decision was not designed to restrict NPL players playing for their local club (should they wish to dual register) but to improve the local competition and create local teams with a more even spread of talented players.
“For the NPL players, the Capital Football competition should be their priority,” he said.
“But if players would still like to play local football on Sunday’s and your local team have reached their cap, I encourage them to get some mates and join another club, which will greatly benefit that club and the competition as a whole.”
Schirripa hopes that the Griffith footballing community would get behind the decisions.
“We encourage the football community to broaden their view and embrace this as a positive move for the betterment of the football in Griffith,” he said.
“GDFA fully support players wanting to achieve a higher level of football in an NPL league however the association’s goal is to create an inclusive and fair competition.”
The football association will also be looking at the possibility of limiting international players in the senior competitions.