Player registrations for the 2022 winter season are now OPEN for all age groups (including Tiny Tigers). Please contact your Age Coordinator if you have any questions.

If you are looking for information about ordering player kit from Ultra Football, please look here: https://www.balmainfootball.com.au/kit-ordering-faqs/.

Please read the information below carefully before proceeding. If you need to contact an Age Coordinator, you can find their details here: https://www.balmainfootball.com.au/age-coordinators/.

Age Group (age turning in 2022)

2022 Fee

All Abilities (5-21yrs) $100.00
Tiny Tigers (4-5yrs) $120.00
6 – 7 $240.00
8 – 12 $265.00
13 – 18 $295.00
U21 MEN (18-21) & WIL (16-19) $335.00
Senior Players (All Age, O35, O45, O50) $430.00
Adult Full-time Students (18+) registering as Senior Players $380.00 (after rebate)
Age Group (age turning in 2022)
All Abilities (5-21yrs)
2022 Fee
$100.00
Age Group (age turning in 2022)
Tiny Tigers (4-5yrs)
2022 Fee
$120.00
Age Group (age turning in 2022)
6 – 7
2022 Fee
$240.00
Age Group (age turning in 2022)
8 – 12
2022 Fee
$265.00
Age Group (age turning in 2022)
13 – 18
2022 Fee
$295.00
Age Group (age turning in 2022)
U21 & WIL (17-19)
2022 Fee
$335.00
Age Group (age turning in 2022)
Senior Players (All Age, O35, O45, O50)
2022 Fee
$430.00
Age Group (age turning in 2022)
Adult Full-time Students (18+) registering as Senior Players
2022 Fee
$380.00 (after rebate)

NOTE for Family Discounts:

The Club provides a family discount of $50 per child for the registration of second and subsequent siblings (U6 – U18 only). Details on how to apply for the family discount are detailed in the section “How do we receive the family or student discount?” below.

Online registrations for Winter 2022 will open on 4th January for players in all age groups, including Tiny Tigers. Registrations for Coaches and Team Managers will also open on the same day.

All Players (or their Parents/Guardians) must read and confirm acceptance of the BDFC Disciplinary Policy & Procedures and CDSFA Code of Conduct when processing registration.

Priority is given to returning players who register & pay prior to February 1 (although a place is not guaranteed), then new players on a first-come, first-served basis until all teams in the age group are filled.

Due to continued lack of training and playing space in the Inner West Council area, we are unable to guarantee acceptance of your registration.

Registration Process

Go here to begin the registration process: CDSFA Registration Portal. Please read the information below before starting.

The Play Football registration system is being replaced in 2022 by Dribl. A guide on how to register in this new system is available here: Registration Guide – Dribl. As 2022 will be the first time for everyone using this system, you will initially need to click on the Sign-Up link to create an account before you can begin. Parents & Carers will be able to use their own account to register multiple children, you do not need to create a separate Dribl account for each child.

Please remember to obtain your Active Kids Voucher(s) – if applicable – BEFORE you start the player registration process for your children. You will be asked to enter the voucher number during the registration process. Details on how to obtain a voucher are in the “Active Kids Voucher” section on this page.

Click here to go directly to the CDSFA Registration Portal when you’re ready to start the registration process. Make sure to read the guide for details and instructions before proceeding. The guide also outlines how you can track/amend your registrations once they’re submitted.

It’s important that players register in the correct age group. For juniors, age groups are based on the age a player will turn during 2022, regardless of which day or month. For example, a player born 14/12/2010 turns 12 in 2022 and will therefore play in the 12s (either 12 MIXED or 12 GIRLS). In some instances a player may play up a year if they’re wanting to play with older friends or are graded as such. If this is the case please ensure you select the appropriate age group when registering. A player cannot register into an age group younger than themselves.

Photos will need to be uploaded when individuals register:

  • Photos for all Players and Team Officials will be mandatory at the time of registration in the new system, otherwise they cannot finalise their registrations.
    • All players registering in 10s and above will require photos to be added to their profiles before ID cards will be issued.
  • Photos must meet the guidelines as specified in the Dribl Registration Guide.

Proof of ID

All new players (or those who haven’t yet provided it) will be required to provide a proof of age document. This will be followed up separately to the initial registration process.

Dribl Support Contacts

Please use the following options as a first point of contact for any questions/issues with the Dribl Registration system:

  • Email: support@dribl.com
  • Telephone: (02) 9157 2600 (Monday-Friday 9am – 5:30pm. These hours will be extended during February)

Junior players can now take full advantage of the NSW Active Kids Voucher Program – a $100 rebate on club registration fees for each school-aged child. Details on the NSW Active Kids Program:  NSW Office of Sport

Please note that refund of the Active Kids voucher is not possible: Once an Active Kids voucher has been applied to a registration, neither BDFC nor Service NSW are able to provide a refund of the $100 voucher if registration is cancelled or modified for any reason, including for change of mind or mistaken redemption. You should carefully consider use of your voucher if there will be any reason for you to consider cancelling your registration.

Our guide to applying for the Active Kids voucher: Balmain DFC NSW Active Kids Voucher Guide

Important Season Dates for 2022 (subject to change)

  • January 4: Winter Season registration opens
  • January 11-14: Balmain DFC Holiday Clinics – Week 1
  • January 18-21: Balmain DFC Holiday Clinics – Week 2
  • January 29: BBC/GMT grading trials
  • February 1: Final day for priority winter registration for returning players
  • February 2: Pre-Season MiniRoos starts
  • February 2: Pre-Season Training Program starts
  • February 3: BBC/GMT grading trials
  • February 10: BBC/GMT grading trials
  • March 5: U8 Mixed & U8 Girls Teams Gala Day for non-graded teams
  • March 13: Team Kit bag collection for U8-O45 – Waterfront Oval
  • March 15: Balmain DFC Annual General Meeting (Inner West Refugee Centre)
  • March 19/20: Graded teams trial matches
  • March 22: Development Program commences
  • March 26: Team Kit bag collection for U6 & U7 – Waterfront Oval
  • March 26/27: Graded teams trial matches
  • March 28: Coaches & Managers Information Night for U8 and above (Online)
  • April 1-3: Season starts for U8 and above
  • April 12-14: Balmain DFC Holiday Clinics – Week 1
  • April 19-21: Balmain DFC Holiday Clinics – Week 2
  • TBC: Tiny Tigers Launch Day
  • April 26: Coaches & Managers Information Night for U6/U7 (Online)
  • April 30/May 1: Season starts for Tiny Tigers, U6-U7, & All Abilities
  • June 11/12 Long Weekend:
    • U8-U11 CDSFA Mid-season natural review (regrade)
    • No games for U6 to U11 & Tiny Tigers
    • Fixtures for U12 and above will be scheduled as required
  • June 18: BDFC Coaches, Managers, and Volunteers Dinner
  • July 5-7: Balmain DFC Holiday Clinics – Week 1
  • July 9/10: Middle week of School Holidays:
    • No games for U6 to U11 & Tiny Tigers
    • Fixtures for U12 and above will be scheduled
  • July 12-14: Balmain DFC Holiday Clinics – Week 2
  • August 20/21: CDSFA Presentation Round (U8-U11) & Final Round
  • September 27-29: Balmain DFC Holiday Clinics – Week 1
  • October 4-6: Balmain DFC Holiday Clinics – Week 2

2022 NSW School Holidays

  • School begins: Tuesday Feb 1
  • Autumn Vacation: Mon April 11 – Fri April 22
  • Winter Vacation: Mon July 4 – Fri July 15
  • Spring Vacation: Mon Sept 26 – Fri Oct 7
  • School Ends: Monday Dec 19

There are plenty of great reasons for becoming a football referee. You actively participate in the sport, you help raise the standard of football, you develop a network of close friends, you develop your management and communication skills, and it’s a great way to earn some pocket money.

Referees are an integral part of Football. The first steps to becoming a referee at the World Cup starts at the local level. The pre-requisites for becoming a football referee are:

– You must be a minimum of 13 years old
– You have a passion for Football.

It’s that easy!

The Canterbury Referees Association (CRA) are actively seeking new referees to join our community. People of all experience and fitness levels are accepted. If you would like to be part of this exciting culture, please check out how to become a new referee with the CRA HERE.

For qualified junior referees who are also registered players (13 to 18 years of age), Balmain DFC have a rebate program in place to help offset some of the annual costs of CRA membership. Please contact the Registrar at registrar@balmainfootball.com.au for more information.

For senior players (18+), keep an eye out on this page for an upcoming program on becoming an Associate Referee. Many of the benefits of being a qualified referee, but without having to commit to a weekly schedule!

Registration FAQs:

The base registration fee includes:

  • Ultra Football voucher for player uniform:
    • New players: the voucher covers the cost of a full playing kit (shirt, socks, shorts)
    • Returning players: a $25 voucher to use on club gear in the Ultra Football BDFC Club Zone
  • Football Federation of Australia (FFA) player fee
  • FFA Processing Fee and GST
  • Football NSW player fee and insurance
  • CDSFA player and team fees
  • Match Official (Referee/Lineperson) Fees – (U10 – Seniors)
  • Ground hire fees for training fields and match days
  • Team Training Kit/Balls + Match Balls (to be returned at end of season)

It’s important that players register in the correct age group. For juniors, age groups are based on the age a player will turn during 2022, regardless of which day or month. If registering for the 2022 season for example, a player born 14/12/2010 turns 12 in 2022 and should therefore register in the 12s (either 12 MIXED or 12 GIRLS).

In some instances a player may play up a year if they’re wanting to play with older friends or are graded as such. If this is the case please ensure you select the appropriate age group when registering. A player cannot register into an age group younger than themselves.

For All Age teams, a player must be turning 18 or above during the year in order to qualify. For O35, O45, and O50, the player must have turned 35, 45, or 50 respectively before the 1st January.

You can use the table below as a guide.

Age turning this year Age Group to register in
Special Needs Children ALL ABILITIES PROGRAM (ages 5-21)
4 or 5 TINY TIGERS
6 6 MIXED / 6 GIRLS
7 7 MIXED / 7 GIRLS
8 8 MIXED / 8 GIRLS
9 9 MIXED / 9 GIRLS
10 10 MIXED / 10 GIRLS
11 11 MIXED / 11 GIRLS
12 12 MIXED / 12 GIRLS
13 13 MIXED / 13 GIRLS
14 14 BOYS / 14 GIRLS
15 15 BOYS / 16 GIRLS
16 16 BOYS / 16 GIRLS
17 17 BOYS / WIL (Women’s Intermediate League)
18 18 BOYS or U21 MEN or ALL AGE MEN / WIL or ALL AGE WOMEN
19 U21 MEN or ALL AGE MEN / WIL or ALL AGE WOMEN
20 U21 MEN or ALL AGE MEN / ALL AGE WOMEN
21 U21 MEN or ALL AGE MEN / ALL AGE WOMEN
22+ ALL AGE MEN / ALL AGE WOMEN
36+ (Female) ALL AGE WOMEN or O35 WOMEN
36+ (Male) ALL AGE MEN or O35 MEN
46+ (Male) ALL AGE MEN or O45 MEN
51+ (Male) ALL AGE MEN or O45 MEN or O50 MEN
Age turning this year
Special Needs Children
Age Group to register in
ALL ABILITIES PROGRAM (ages 5-21)
Age turning this year
4 or 5
Age Group to register in
TINY TIGERS
Age turning this year
6
Age Group to register in
6 MIXED / 6 GIRLS
Age turning this year
7
Age Group to register in
7 MIXED / 7 GIRLS
Age turning this year
8
Age Group to register in
8 MIXED / 8 GIRLS
Age turning this year
9
Age Group to register in
9 MIXED / 9 GIRLS
Age turning this year
10
Age Group to register in
10 MIXED / 10 GIRLS
Age turning this year
11
Age Group to register in
11 MIXED / 11 GIRLS
Age turning this year
12
Age Group to register in
12 MIXED / 12 GIRLS
Age turning this year
13
Age Group to register in
13 MIXED / 13 GIRLS
Age turning this year
14
Age Group to register in
14 BOYS / 14 GIRLS
Age turning this year
15
Age Group to register in
15 BOYS / 16 GIRLS
Age turning this year
16
Age Group to register in
16 BOYS / 16 GIRLS
Age turning this year
17
Age Group to register in
17 BOYS / WIL (Women’s Intermediate League)
Age turning this year
18
Age Group to register in
18 BOYS or U21 MEN or ALL AGE MEN / WIL or ALL AGE WOMEN
Age turning this year
19
Age Group to register in
U21 MEN or ALL AGE MEN / WIL or ALL AGE WOMEN
Age turning this year
20
Age Group to register in
U21 MEN or ALL AGE MEN / ALL AGE WOMEN
Age turning this year
21
Age Group to register in
U21 MEN or ALL AGE MEN / ALL AGE WOMEN
Age turning this year
22+
Age Group to register in
ALL AGE MEN / ALL AGE WOMEN
Age turning this year
36+ (Female)
Age Group to register in
ALL AGE WOMEN or O35 WOMEN
Age turning this year
36+ (Male)
Age Group to register in
ALL AGE MEN or O35 MEN
Age turning this year
46+ (Male)
Age Group to register in
ALL AGE MEN or O45 MEN
Age turning this year
51+ (Male)
Age Group to register in
ALL AGE MEN or O45 MEN or O50 MEN

During the registration process, you will have the opportunity to add a comment to specify which team or friends you (or your child) would like to play with. This will be taken into account when the Age Coordinator is putting the teams together (please note this only applies for non-graded teams).

You can also contact your Age Coordinator directly to let them know of your preferences.

Graded players must register with the club by the dates noted below to hold their place with the club.  Players must meet the requirements below :


Returning Players

  • Returning players that meet the following criteria are prioritised but not guaranteed a place in a team in the new season
  • Considered ‘returning’ if you have played with the club in the previous season and complete registration by February 1
  • If the registration is not completed (including payment) by February 1, returning players will rank equally with new players.


Graded Players

  • Graded players will have been offered a position in a Graded Team by the Registrar, Technical Director or Development Committee
  • Graded players must complete their registration by January 22 otherwise their position on a Graded team may be withdrawn
  • New players who do not take up their offer to join a Graded Team will be subject to the same rules of registration as any other new player

Players are considered “new” if they have never registered with Balmain DFC, or did not play for Balmain DFC in the previous season. Players that registered and paid the previous season but had to subsequently withdraw due to injury are considered as returning.

New players must consult with their Age Coordinators to determine team placement.

On payment, a date and time stamp is placed on the player record to enable first come, first served policy to be implemented. Players who have registered but not paid will not be guaranteed a place in a team until full payment is received.

Family Discount

The Club provides a family discount of $50 per child for the registration of second and subsequent siblings. To qualify, all siblings must be registered in U6 to U18 age groups.  Apply for Family Discount.

Student Discount

The club provides a $50 rebate for currently enrolled full-time students (18+) who have paid the full adult registration fee. Apply for  Student Discount.

To withdraw from the competition and request a registration refund, send an e-mail to registrar@balmainfootball.com.au. The club will provide refunds in some situations.

The club will provide a full refund of the registration fee if a playing member cannot be placed in a team for that season.

When members withdraw their registration, they may also be eligible for a refund.  The amount of the refund is based on the request date of the withdrawal.

Request Date for Refund Refund Amount **
By January 31 Full refund less uniform cost if the player has ordered a club-funded kit.
By February 28 Registration fee less a $30 administration charge and the uniform cost if the player has ordered a club-funded kit.
By March 31 Registration fee less a $60 administration charge and the uniform cost if the player has ordered a club-funded kit.
From April 1 or after Round 1 (whichever is the earlier) No refund

The official date used to determine a refund is the date of the email sent to the Club Registrar.

** The Active Kids Voucher portion of fees is not refundable and cannot be transferred or otherwise reimbursed

Yes, the club does consider hardship situations and may offer a payment plan or waiver of part or all registration fees for those in genuine financial need.  Applications should be submitted to the club Treasurer at treasurer@balmainfootball.com.au