Marrickville now home to three FIFA-accredited futsal pitches
With football fields closed regularly because of wet weather, inner west players and clubs have called for more all-weather synthetic pitches to be built.
Fraser Park FC, in partnership with Kikoff Soccer Centres, recently built three FIFA-accredited futsal pitches, at the club’s Marrickville home ground.
The pitches will be available for hire and Kikoff will run five-a-side competitions for juniors and seniors.
Players from Balmain District FC and Fraser Park FC played on the new pitches last week.
“I was really impressed,” Balmain DFC all-age player Paul Wright said.
“They are dead flat – no divots, no bumps, no holes to put your foot down and turn your ankle in.”
Footballers pay more than $300 a season, but games and training sessions are frequently washed out because of wet weather.
Kikoff operations manager Oli Bramley said the Fraser Park pitches cost about $150,000 each, but could be built for as little as $50,000.
Balmain DFC and other football codes in the Balmain area recently formed a “sporting alliance” to campaign for more sporting fields within Callan Park and White Bay.
Balmain DFC general manager Paul Cuscuna said all-weather pitches would make it easier for teams to train and play football all year around.