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Australia’s biggest online player registration targets one million footballers

Australia’s biggest online player registration targets one million footballers
February 6, 2012

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced that nation's biggest online player registration system is now fully operational and has registered 100,000 players in its first month of operation for 2012.

MyFootballClub is the digital home of community football in Australia and is funded by FFA at no cost to associations, clubs and individual players.

In 2011, MyFootballClub provided an easy-to-use online registration for more than 230,000 participants across Australia's state, territory and regional football bodies.

In 2012, the roll out will cover another 200,000 players across NSW and Queensland, the online registration system already covering the majority of players in Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and the ACT.

This weekend the MyFootballClub portal set a new benchmark when 15,000 players registered in a single day.

FFA Chief Executive Ben Buckley explained "our long-term target is to have one million participants on the MyFootballClub database by 2015 and provide a digital connection between all tiers of the game.

"Football has huge national participation base of players, coaches, officials, volunteers and club members and they are our strength, our energy and our future.

"MyFootballClub is the online portal to connect all these people to their clubs, their associations and ultimately to the Qantas Socceroos, Westfield Matildas and the Hyundai A-League."

The MyFootballClub system includes:

• Online self-registration for players
• The ability to maintain and update your own details
• Secure online payment options
• Player registration by club registrars where required
• A national 'Find a Club' tool
• New features to be developed on coaching resources and player welfare
•  Integration with the national Competition Management system for Associations and Clubs to manage fixtures and results.

FFA's Community Football Ambassadors Brett Emerton and Heather Garriock have encouraged players and clubs to embrace the MyFootballClub rollout.

Emerton explained "registering for your local club is the best way to start getting involved in football.

"The MyFootballClub system makes the registration process so much easier for every player and there are plenty of benefits for being part of the Football Family like getting priority access to tickets for Qantas Socceroos matches."

Garriock was equally enthusiastic about the MyFootball club system, adding "MyFootballClub brings the process of registration and fee payment into the digital age. It's so much easier for parents and players to do this now because you can register and pay on-line in your time, in the comfort of your own home: no more paper forms."

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