About Us

In the spirit of reconciliation NWSF acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. In particular the we pay respect to the Wattamattagal country of the Dharug Nation where we work and play football today.


NWSF delivers local competitions in the Summer and Winter for all ages and abilities. Our games start from Under 6 through to Over 45s, Masters and Walking. Our staff and board work hard to provide competitions for people of all genders.

North West Sydney Football is the governing body for Football within the North Western districts of Sydney.

Our goal is “Football 365” giving everyone the opportunity to participate in football all year round and to connect our 18,000+ active community members through Football.




In 1952 Herb & Keith Gilmour recruited interested boys from the Epping Public School and West Epping Public School, standing outside these schools and distributing pamphlets to interested boys to take home to their parents. The notes invited the parents of children interested in playing soccer to attend a meeting at the home of Herb Gilmour one midweek evening. Subsequently, about 8 boys aged between nine and twelve assembled at Epping Oval for the first training session on a midweek afternoon in March 1953. Within a couple of weeks sufficient boys had shown interest to make up a team.

The team was named “Epping” and this club later developed to become the Epping Eastwood Football Club we know today.

Whilst this was only one team, the Hornsby-Epping Soccer Football Association had been born.

In 1956 the Association changed its name to Northern District Football Association to accommodate the teams joining from beyond the geographical boundaries of Hornsby to Epping. The growth was so rapid to the south that in 1959 it was necessary to again change the name to Gladesville – Hornsby Football Association.

In 2019, the member clubs agreed to a merger of GHFA with North West Sydney Women’s Football Association (NWSWF) and North West Sydney Football Ltd became operational on 1 October 2019.

NWSWF (originally called Gladesville-Hornsby Women’s Soccer Association (GHWSA)) was formed in 1981. Clubs in that area had played in the Kuringai competition for the previous eight years as there was no local women’s competition. A Steering Committee was formed in 1980 to establish GHWSA. The Association’s name was changed to NWSWF in 2000 to more accurately reflect its player distribution. At that time, NWSWF had 23 teams but grew to 103 MiniRoos teams, 61 Junior teams and 68 Senior teams. The NWS Koalas compete in the NPL Women’s competitions in U14s, U15s, U17s, Reserve Grade and First Grade competitions as well as SAP teams in the U10s, U11s, U12s and U13s.


Read more about the history of the GHFA

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