November 20, 2023

The Wollongong Wolves Football Club is excited and proud to announce that Football Australia has officially advised the club that its application to participate in the National Second Tier (NST) competition was successful.

The Wolves submitted a detailed Expression of Interest (EOI) in early March this year and was one of 26 clubs that progressed to the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase of the NST process. The club then worked tirelessly on developing a high quality and well considered proposal during the confidential RFP phase which concluded on 28 August 23. Following the RFP phase, the club worked closely with Football Australia during the Assessment and Review phase to finalise its submission.

This announcement is a significant milestone in the club’s rich history and sees the club return to a national competition due to commence in early 2025. This is also a major step forward for football in the region providing a pathway and opportunity for players in the Illawarra.

Chairman Tory Lavalle said he was proud and excited that the region will be represented in the inaugural National Second Tier competition.  “On behalf of the Wollongong Wolves Football Club, I am delighted to announce that we have been selected as one of the Foundation clubs in the National Second Tier”. 

Lavalle added, “This announcement is significant for the Illawarra and will provide a pathway for players in the region. The club was always confident it could meet all the relevant criteria to participate at this level”. 

CEO Strebre Delovski said “Securing a place in the inaugural National Second Tier competition is momentous for football in the region. The Illawarra football family has been crying out for national representation for some time and the club has worked extremely hard to deliver on this desire. The step up to a national competition requires significant investment and support however we believe our passionate football community will be there when we need it most”.

Delovski added, “The club is now looking forward to working with Football Australia and the other Foundation clubs to help shape the competition. The time has come for the Wolves to return to its former glory”.


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