The Origins of Deaf Football Australia
On the 24th March 1978, the following representatives Paul Burrowes, Graham Home, Wendy Home, (QLD) Ron Loader, Jeff Moir, Sue Cateris, Mike Ovitt (NSW) Matthew Veale, John Walsh (VIC) met at Stanmore Deaf Club to discuss the formation of a national deaf soccer body. It was agreed at this meeting that ‘Deaf Soccer Federation of Australia’ be the governing body of deaf football in Australia and it was moved by QLD seconded by VIC that the rules and constitution be drawn up in Victoria before the end of June and dispatched to individual states for approval. On the 13th April 1979, it was agreed that to be a member of DSFA each state was to contribute $30.00 affiliation fee and this was to be paid one month before each Southern Cross Tournament. For the first four years the inaugural representatives decided not to elect a President, Secretary or Treasurer, but to share the duties of chairing the meeting and taking minutes of the meetings. On 7th January 1983 an Executive committee was elected and the organisation had a President, Secretary, Treasurer, and an elected delegate from each state.
Several deaf footballers have managed to reach the professional ranks over the last century, but the number is not large. A total of around a dozen have been noted. Some accounts suggest that more appear to have been rejected because of their inability to hear, rather than their football skills.
Balance is an important aspect of a football player.
Deaf Football Australia follows the rules and guidelines of FIFA, however there are specific rules and laws regarding the eligibility of national representation. If you would like to learn more, please contact the Secretary Brian Seymour.
We are the peak body for Deaf Football in Australia.
To assist, facilitate and manage in the best interests of the Deaf footballing community.
To foster, encourage and promote deaf people's participation and skill development in football.
To advocate, educate, inform and support the football structure to make it capable of including deaf people within the structure.
To foster relationships with the Football Federation Australia, State and Federal Government, Deaf and mainstream sporting bodies to support the access requirements and participation of deaf people in football at all levels.
To provide the members with informative updates and newsletters.
To promote the game that we love the most!
Our Values and Goals
Founded: 7th January 1983
Executive Members: Raymond Younan and Brian Seymour.
Management Committee: Fayaz Meghani, Robert Stanton, Allan Edmondson, James Lambert.
Ambassadors: Mark Milligan
Life Members: Paul Burrows (deceased), Wendy and Graham Home, Jeff Moir, Daryl Jordan.
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Raymond Younan (President)
Raymond started his career in the building industry in 1980 as a Builder/Developer. Over the years Raymond has acquired Degrees and Certificates within the building industry. Raymond attained his licence in Real Estate in 2005.
Raymond is currently a community leader and the President of WADI Kannabim Charity Association. Deaf Football Australia approached Raymond to become President of the organisation because the members felt that they needed a person that was an Astute businessman with strong networks and had the communication and leadership skills to take Deaf Football Australia to a level it has never seen before.
Brian Seymour (Secretary)
Brian Seymour is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adult). Brian is immersed in Deaf culture and having just recently retired from refereeing where he spent over 12 years officiating on the old National Soccer League as well as having spent 15 years as Treasurer and Assistant treasurer with the Australian Soccer Referees Federation (NSW Div). The Deaf community asked Brian to take up another challenge as Secretary and help rebuild Deaf Football Australia.
James Lambert (Technical Director)
James has worked in Football for the last 10 years, working up his coaching qualification. He is an FFA (AFC) Pro Licence Coach and also holds the National Football Conditioning Licence. James supports coaches from around the world through various different media, working for Publisher World Class Coaching through Books and Videos (The False 9, Attacking the Barcelona Way, Attacking a Compact Defence and The Art of the Counter Attack). James is an FFA assessor for the highest practical coaching qualification the FFA (AFC) A Licence.
Robert Stanton (Head Coach)
Robert Stanton, a former Young Socceroo, has won numerous state and national league titles both as a player and as a coach. The former Young Socceroo lifted the National Soccer League Championship three times as a player with Marconi and Wollongong Wolves. As a coach he guided the Sutherland Sharks to the NSW NPL Championship in 2009 and two Waratah Cup titles in five years.
Deaf Football Australia, both players and the management team. We would like to congradulate Robbie Stanton on his appointment as Sydney FC first team assistant after great success with the Youth team.
Robert will continue to work with the National Deaf Football team, especially for the upcoming Deaf Olympics Qualifiers, which will be held in Taipei in October.
Robert has been part of Deaf Football Australia for almost 10 years, and his hard work with us has finally been recognised and rewarded.
President Secretary Treasurer Delegate VIC Delegate QLD Delegate NSW Delegate CC Delegate SA
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2014 Ray Younan Brian Seymour PT Partners Executive Alex Petrasevic Fayaz Meghani Ben Fahey Tanya Morgan
2015 Ray Younan Brian Seymour PT Partners Executive Alex Petrasevic Fayaz Meghani Joshua Doe Tanya Morgan
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