Still a chance to advance

IT was the decision that hindered the pathway for Nepean District Soccer Football Association juniors to play representative football.

After denying the NDSFA a spot in Elite 1 or Elite 2 divisions for 2013, Football NSW have provided a more detailed explanation for their reasons behind placing Nepean FC in the Men's State League 1 division.

More than 40 clubs applied for just 24 positions in the Men's Premier competitions and Football NSW said through a statement that it was difficult to meet the expectation of all clubs.

Guiding the selection process was a criteria which Football NSW said clubs were measured against.

The criteria gave consideration to governance, finance, football plans, facilities and current on-field performance and Football NSW said the outcome followed a comprehensive application and review process.

Although Nepean FC missed inclusion, Football NSW said there would be an opportunity for promotion into the Men's Premier League 2, dependeant on football performance and facilities.

It also acknowledged that the decision had an effect on the under-13, under-14 and under-15 age groups for the 2013 season.

However, it said talented player pathways would be presented to Nepean teams in the form of the Football NSW Regional League and the Skills Acquisition Program.

The former will involve teams representing Sydney metro associations and regional branches while the latter will involve the participation of Nepean in the match component administered by Football NSW.

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