Young talent time at new indoor centre
ASPIRING junior and senior soccer players now have the chance to sharpen their skills under the guidance of two National Premier Leagues WA stars.
Sorrento FC midfielder Reece Vittiglia and Floreat FC midfielder Dean Evans have joined forces to open indoor facility The Football Centre in Osborne Park.
JUNIOR soccer players now have the chance to be coached by National Premier Leagues WA (NPLWA) stars at the state-of-the-art Football Centre in Osborne Park. But their chances of playing in the top division will be diminished. NPLWA clubs, especially the smaller ones, will have their dreams of playing amongst the elite dashed due to upcoming changes to the competition. While it has been only three years since the competition was formed, clubs have been subject to several changes since semi-professional soccer was introduced in WA in 1896, including the forced removal of ethnicities from club names. Now the decrease from 14 to 12 teams in the NPL will make it harder for clubs to move up the ranks. This is not a concern for bigger, successful clubs such as three-times NPL champions Bayswater City and 2016 champions Perth Soccer Club, but it surely is for those that feature in the relegation and promotion zones. The change will also affect the development of up-and-coming players who may not get the opportunity to play against the competition’s best. Despite the fact that club costs will be reduced from the drop in matches in a regular season, more communication between Football West and NPL clubs is needed to ensure the impact is evenly spread amongst all clubs.
Kristie Lim - Reporter
Jordan Dalby and Maison Tallents at The Football Centre in Osborne Park.