Was wondering if anyone knows what the oppurtnities are like for playing football/soccer over in oz??
Im from the UK and play regualr now and would like to continue possibly for a good amateur team (or even better )
Whether its easy to get trials somewhere or a lot of teams out there to go to trials for.
My friend emigrated to Oz a few years ago and I know that he plays for his work team over there - I don't think over the years he has had a problem finding somewhere to play. Football is quite big in Oz now, and there are plenty of British expats there who will want to play.
It's Australia's no.1 football code when it comes to participation (not spectators though), with some 400,000 registered players in a country of 21 million. So there are plenty of teams to play for if you want to play. How they go about selecting players I'm not sure, but I'd guess that if you are a decent player, you'll be able to get into a decent team
Some additional background on football in Australia
Footy/Soccer may not be Oz number 1 sport, but trust me there are absolutely heaps of teams to join and invariably the average amature facilities are better than what we face back in Blighty.
I used to play for my uni team in Sydney whilst on a study abroad programme (which had about 9 teams including one for non students) and couldnt believe how perfect the ground and facilities were. The season is different though and trials often start in February in preparation for a Mid March season start.
The standard of football is generally very good, so please dont assume that the level is not as high as the UK. If anything due to the all round not to mention all year round sports culture, Aussies tend to be very fit and competitive. The only exception for this rule is when watching the sport, as professional aussie soccer has along way to come still. Fortunately English prem games are on fox tel (Oz equivalent to Sky) pretty much all the time.
Hope this helps.