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'It's nuts!' - FFA board member slams high price of football registration

09:28 GMT+4 03/02/2019
Grassroots football
The world game is quickly becoming a very expensive one Down Under

One of the newest Football Federation Australia board members, Remo Nogarotto, admits kids are being priced out of playing the sport. 

With football registration opening across the country, parents are being left shocked by the rising cost of enrollment, with kids as young as six facing fees of just under $300 to play the beautiful game.

The high prices aren't going unnoticed with Nogarotto, who was elected to the FFA board in November, expressing his displeasure on Twitter.

"That’s nuts! We’re pricing kids out of our sport," Nogarotto said replying to one concerned parent.

"Got no idea what makes up those costs or how they’re justified but will make it my business to find out.

"We’re quickly getting to a point where taking cello lessons is cheaper than kicking a ball in the local park.

"Ours is the world game and it should be accessible to anyone who wants to kick a ball regardless of his/her economic or social standing. We should never lose sight of that."

On Friday afternoon, the National Youth League final saw Brisbane Roar defeat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 with both club's academies incidentally among a select few that don't charge players to be involved.