Blacktown City FC is not only disappointed but shocked that its Expression of Interest (EOI) submission in the proposed National Second Tier competition was rejected by Football Australia (FA).

Blacktown City FC are the defending NSW Champions, winners of nine NSW Club Championships in the last 12 years (and seventeen Club Championships in the last 40 years) and proud of its 70-year history of success on the field. The Club is regarded by most in the Football community to be one of the most prominent football development organisations in the country. This was exemplified by five former Blacktown City FC juniors playing for the Socceroos in the recent World Cup.

We can confirm the Club responded to FA and submitted an EOI for the Club’s participation in a National Second Tier Competition in 2024. In addition to the submission, the Club submitted subsequent questions of FA regarding competitions structure and logistics which were not responded to in full.

The Club also requested the FA provide the evaluation criteria submissions would be assessed against for progression to the next phase. 32 EOI’s were submitted to FA and Blacktown City FC is one of only 6 to not be selected as a shortlisted respondent to advance to the second phase of the application process.

To date the Club has received no explanation as to what led to the decision for such a respected Club like Blacktown City FC not to at least advance to the next round.

We want to assure our players, sponsors, members, families and the City we represent that the Club takes this situation seriously and are working to address the issue.

For further comments, please contact:
Mark Crittenden, Head of Football: 0417247890

Bob Turner, Executive Chairman: 0402414545

Go Blacktown City!

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