Victorians Franjic and Murnane Return to Grassroots

#PlayFootball Round Brings A-League Stars To Home Clubs

The Hyundai A-League will celebrate Play Football round this weekend to promote junior football registration’s around Australia for the upcoming grassroots season.

Last year saw record breaking player registration numbers with a 20 per cent lift in participants playing in registered competitions and FFA is hoping for even more in 2016.

“The 2016 grassroots season is just around the corner and there are so many reasons to get involved in playing football. Anyone can join the game today as a player, coach, or referee by registering at,” said FFA CEO David Gallop.

“With over 1.18 million Australians playing football in registered competitions in 2015, now is the time to be involved in the world’s most popular sport.

“For junior footballers between 4-11 years, AIA Vitality MiniRoos is the fun introduction to football for girls and boys.

“Last year we saw over 214,000 AIA Vitality MiniRoos participants, an increase of 10% from 2014. You will see a selection of these participants during half time at Hyundai A-League matches around Australia this weekend.

“The Play Football Round is an ideal opportunity to highlight the entire player pathway from the girls and boys, mums and dads at the grassroots to the Women and Men as the elite levels of the Westfield W-League and Hyundai A-League,” concluded Gallop.

This season the Play Football campaign will see all nine Australian-based Hyundai A-League clubs take selected players and coaches to visit their local grassroots clubs.

Melbourne City's Ivan Franjic will head to St Albans Saints and Melbourne Victory's Dylan Murnane to Green Gully as part of the campaign.

The 2016 Play Football campaign will once again support the annual recruitment drive for grassroots Coaches and Referees, who along with players are the game’s greatest advocates and are two key roles that have a great influence on a player’s experience.

Players, coaches and referees can join the game by logging onto Australia's biggest online sports registration portal, which can be found at

To find out more information about the AIA Vitality Miniroos, go to

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