Pre Yass Soccer Inc.
The Yass Indoor soccer competition grew in popularity through the hard work and dedication of Christine Greenwood into setting up the competitions, organising the teams, refreshments, prizes etc.
Through a small group of parents, led by Andrew Jewell, a project was set up to seek information in relation to setting up a local competition of outdoor soccer. This was started by a questionnaire sent out to all participating parents in the indoor soccer competition in August 2002.
Following the survey feedback, it was obvious that the establishment of an outdoor soccer competition would be supported and the preferred set up for a competition was in summer on a Friday evening.
A project team of Andrew Jewell, Jason and Jane Rogers, Warren and Sue Nielson, Mark Valencic and Rob McCarthy was set up to investigate all the necessary requirements that would have to be met. Items to investigate included: Affiliate Membership, Insurance, Playing Field, Funds, Equipment, Committee, Competition, Registration, Development, Marketing and Communication
These elements were assigned to members of the project team.
At the end of August 2002, Yass Shire Council supported the establishment of a Junior Soccer competition on level 3 of Walker Park.
Following this a public forum was held at Yass Soldiers Club on 25th September 2002. This forum was attended by approximately 30 parents and interested parties.
Through a letter seeking support for the soccer competition, the Yass Soldiers Club became the Club's major - Gold Sponsor, and the Royal Hotel - Silver Sponsor.
The Yass Soccer competition finally kicked off on Friday 8th November 2002 with 4 soccer divisions:
- 6 teams in Under 7 (more than 40 players)
- 4 teams in Under 8 (more than 30 players)
- 6 teams in Under 10 (more than 50 players)
- 6 teams in Under 13 (more than 40 players)
- 6 teams in Under 16 (more than 40 players)
- 28 parents acting as managers
After a great competition, presentation night was held on 7th March 2003.
For his great professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication in creating an Outdoor Soccer Competition in Yass, Andrew Jewell was nominated for the Yass Club Person of the Year in 2002.
Following the success of the summer competition, interest was sought in the establishment of a Winter Team competing against other towns. 2 teams were set up in 2003 an Under 11's and an Under 13s.
Training began on 14th June 2003 which led to both Yass teams competing in the Cowra Cup Carnival on Sunday 16th August 2003. Friendly games were arranged against Cowra, Tumut and Goulburn teams leading up to the carnival.
Summer of 2003/2004 attracted even more players in age groups from Under 6 to Under 16s. In total over 270 players registered and played in the competition.
In winter 2004, 3 teams were entered into the Goulburn Soccer Competition - Under 10s, Under 12s and Under 14s. In total 50 players were registered and played in the competition.
Varying degrees of success were achieved, but the main aim was to give the players a more competitive game structure to improve their skills in soccer. Again Yass Soccer Club entered the Cowra Junior Soccer Competition with 4 teams being represented - Under 10s, Under 12s and 2 Under 14 teams.
The 3rd season of Summer Soccer in Yass kicked off on 5th November 2004 with a record 338 players being registered and tens of players added to a waiting list. The amount of games required forced Yass Soccer to utilise levels 1, 2 and 3 of Walker Park on a Friday evening.
The winter competition of 2005 commenced with 4 teams represented in Under 11s, Under 12s, Under 14s and 15-16 age groups. In total 61 players registered and played in the Goulburn competition.
Under 16 Team received the STFA award for Fair Play for the whole of the STFA competition.
Best and Fairest - sponsored by Patricks Butchery
- Under 11 Chris Valencic
- Under 12 Brett Foran
- Under 14 Jayden Smith
- Under 16 Ryan Betts
Most Improved (2005) - Gallagher Haulage
- Under 11 Charles Alley
- Under 12 William Alley
- Under 14 Andrew Holgate
- Under 16 Stuart Wallace
The 2005/2006 Summer competition attracted even more players with
- 6 teams in under 6
- 10 teams in under 8
- 8 teams in under 10
- 8 teams in under 12
- 6 teams in under 14
- 6 teams in under 16
A major change occurred in 2006 when YassFC became affiliated with Canberra Football.
This allowed us to field teams in the following age groups:
Under 9, Under 11 (2 teams), Under 13, Under 14 and Under 16.
A total of 74 players were registered for the winter competition.
Most Improved sponsored by Gallagher Haulage
- Under 9 - Tim Hazell
- Under 11 Spiders - James Devey
- Under 11 Redbacks - Vanessa Wallace
- Under 13 - Olivia Columb
- Under 14 - Anthony Heat
- Under 16 - Ben Cover
Best and Fairest - sponsored by Patricks Butchery
- Under 9 - Darcy Coughlan
- Under 11 Spiders - Sian Minary-Bland
- Under 11 Redbacks - Shane Bingley
- Under 13 - Natasha Farnsworth
- Under 14 - Stephanie Mihaljevic
- Under 16 - Daniel Taylor
Summer competition for 2006/2007 ran from November 2006 - 17 March 2007. There were a record number of teams in all age groups.
- K/1 - 8 teams
- 2/3 - 10 teams
- 4/5 - 8 teams
- 6/7 - 8 teams
- 8/9 - 6 teams
- 10+ - 6 teams
The winter football continues to grow with 8 teams playing in the Canberra Football Leagues: Under 8, Under 10 (two teams), Under 12 (two teams), Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18. For the first time, Yass FC fielded an Open team in the Canberra Senior Mens league.
Summer competition for 2008/2009 ran from November 2008 - 13 March 2009. There were a record number of teams in all age groups.
Yass FC welcomed Yass Real Estate as our Major Summer sponsor.
- K/1 - 8 teams
- 2/3 - 8 teams
- 4/5 - 10 teams
- 6/7 - 6 teams
- 8/9 - 8 teams
- 10+ - 8 teams
2010 was the eighth year for the Club, though not one for growth in player numbers but growth in the area of sponsorship. 2010 saw our newest partnership being our Gold sponsor Yass Retravision and with continued sponsorship and support from Patrick's Butchery, The Soldiers Club and The Club House Hotel. The growth of the Club also showed in the teams we entered in higher divisions for the year, with the U13's and the U16's both moving up to Division 2. U13's finished as runners up whilst the U16's were very competitive throughout their season. The U18's played in the Division 1 competition and though found the competition challenging it cannot be said that the coach and team did not give each game their best. Several Players reached 100 games during the 2010 Winter Season as well as 17 players reaching 5 years. On top of organising 3 successful presentations throughout 2010 the Club also organised a World Cup raffle and participated with a fundraising trivia night. The 2009/2010 summer season saw the introduction of a 6 a side Tuesday night competition for senior players. As well as 400 players in the Friday night competition. We would like to Thank Phil Murphy for his seven years of effort on the committee and as a coach and referee. Phil was instrumental in setting up and maintaining the website giving the club a professional image.