‘Six-A-Side’ champions for a fourth straight year

IT’S hard to break records in an organisation as old as Churches Football Association Sydney (CFA), established in 1919, with past players like Johnny Warren and Tim Cahill but Guildford McCredie were last month crowned ‘Six A Side Champion Club’ for the fourth straight year.

Equalling Abbotsford JSC’s run of success in the late 80s, Guildford McCredie came first in the Under 6s, Under 8s, Under 18s, Under 8 to 10 girls, Under 12 girls, Under 14 girls and AAL, with Merrylands FC coming first in the Under 10 boys.
First known as the NSW Protestant Churches Soccer Football Association, the group has always maintained the importance of sport and faith in building a better community.
That modus operandi served them well, allowing the group to grow to be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere in the 70s and 80s.
Now with 24 clubs extending from the city to Fairfield and Cumberland to the Parramatta and Hills areas, the CFA season runs from April to August with competition matches on Saturdays, mid week knockout competitions, the annual Six A Side gala and representative opportunities for juniors and seniors at national titles (where Covid does not intervene).
“We are always keen to attract more players, teams and clubs and have had a particular focus on growing our Saturday Girls soccer teams recently,” CFA secretary Kim Sydenham said.
“We run Under 8-10 and Under 12 competitions for girls on Saturdays.
“Being such an historic Association, we are fortunate to have some very nice suburban grounds to play on like Jones Park in Merrylands and Yatama Park in Clemton Park to name a few.
“Our grand finals this year will be held on an artificial surface at Jenson Park, Sefton, for the first time.”
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