Dalmacija Sydney Croatian Football Club
The Croatian community of Australia has played an important part in the history of Australian football (soccer). Countless clubs have been formed over the years in every state and territory (except for the Northern Territory). At present, there are 33 active Croatian football clubs operating in Australia.
The Australian-Croatian Soccer Tournament is a tournament run by the Croatian Soccer Association of Australia (CSAA or "Savez" in Croatian), which has been held annually since 1974. The inspiration for the tournament came from the successful Croatian-North American Soccer Tournament founded in 1964.
The CSAA annual tournament today represents being the largest and oldest ethnic football tournament in Australia, having been hosted in every Australian state and territory except for the Northern Territory (it was also hosted by NZ member club Auckland Croatia). It also holds the honour of being the oldest national soccer competition still running in Australia.
Our Club has been proudly participating at the CSAA Tournaments since 1996 under its original name of Dalmacija Sydney Croatian Club. Over the years, it has entered teams in the Men's Division 2, Masters (O35's) & Women's Competitions.
In 2019, in its 45th year, the tournament was hosted by Dandenong City Hajduk in Dandenong, Victoria. It has grown to now feature 58 teams split into 5 divisions: Men's Division 1 (NPL/State League Clubs), Men's Division 2 (Lower State League/Amateur Clubs), Women's Division, Masters Division (over 35's) & Veterans Division (over 45's).
The 46th Annual CSAA Tournament which was scheduled to be hosted by North Geelong Warriors in Geelong, Victoria in 2020 has been postponed till 2021 due to COVID-19. The 2021 tournament will be held between Thursday 30th September 2021 to Sunday 3rd October 2021 (inclusive).
The 47th Annual CSAA Tournament will be hosted by HNK Kralj Tomislav in Sydney, between Thursday 29th September 2022 to Sunday 2nd October 2022 (inclusive).
CSAA Tournament Club Titles won by Dalmacija Sydney:
|Year ||Tournament ||Division ||Title |
|2018 ||44th CSAA Tournament - Gold Coast ||Masters (O35's) ||Grand Final Winners |
|2016 ||42nd CSAA Tournament - Adelaide ||Masters (O35's) ||Grand Final Winners |
The CSAA Masters Division commenced in 2012. The Grand Final Winners by Year are:
|Year ||Tournament ||Division ||Grand Final Winner |
|2019 ||45th CSAA Tournament - Dandenong ||Masters (O35's) ||Dandenong City Hajduk |
|2018 ||44th CSAA Tournament - Gold Coast ||Masters (O35's) ||Dalmacija Sydney Croatian Club |
|2017 ||43rd CSAA Tournament - Canberra ||Masters (O35's) ||Hurstville Zagreb |
|2016 ||42nd CSAA Tournament - Adelaide ||Masters (O35's) ||Dalmacija Sydney Croatian Club |
|2015 ||41st CSAA Tournament - Brisbane ||Masters (O35's) ||HNK Strathmore Split |
|2014 ||40th CSAA Tournament - Wollongong ||Masters (O35's) ||South Coast United |
|2013 ||39th CSAA Tournament - Melbourne ||Masters (O35's) ||Melbourne Croatia |
|2012 ||38th CSAA Tournament - Gold Coast ||Masters (O35's) ||Gold Coast Knights Old Boys |
The current members of the Croatian Soccer Association of Australia & New Zealand (CSAA) are:
Dalmacija Sydney Croatian Club
HNK Edensor Park
HNK Kralj Tomislav
Hurstville Zagreb FC
South Coast United (Wollongong Croatia)
Sydney United 58 FC (Croatia Sydney)
Werrington Croatia FC
Canberra FC (Croatia Deakin)
HNK O'Connor Knights
Dandenong City (Dandenong City Hajduk)
HNK Mostar Melbourne 1980
HNK Strathmore Split
Melbourne Knights (Croatia Melbourne)
Melbourne Tournado Zadar
North Geelong Warriors (North Geelong Croatia)
St Albans Saints (St Albans Dinamo)
St Albans Vukovar
Wednesday Knights FC
Brisbane Knights FC (Brisbane Croatia)
Gold Coast Knights (Gold Coast Croatia)
NK Adriatic Gold Coast
Adelaide Croatia Vukovi
Adelaide Raiders (Adelaide Croatia)
Glenorchy Knights (Glenorchy Croatia)
Western Knights (North Perth Croatia)
NK Auckland Croatia
The football club operates as "Willoughby Dalleys Football Club" during the winter season and is a member club of the Northern Suburbs Football Association who administers football in the northern suburbs region of Sydney.