The Manly Warringah Football Association (MWFA) has a rich history of football on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

The Manly Warringah Soccer Association (MWSA) was founded in 1947 by F Adler and G Hudson, since then the MWFA has continued to grow into the largest grassroots football association in Australia.

The first recorded figures of the association date back to 1949 when there were 31 teams and 553 players.

As the association began to grow the ladies of the Northern Beaches wanted to join in on the football fun and so the Manly-Warringah Ladies’ Soccer Association was formed in 1976.

10 years later, in 1986, the Manly Warringah Ladies’ Soccer Association officially joined the MWSA with 87 women under 13, 65 women U15 and 168 women all age players .

As the MWSA continued to grow with every season the decision came in 2005 to officially change the association name to Manly Warringah Football Association.

In 2022 the MWFA will celebrate its 75th year of providing football to the Northern Beaches, however none of it would be possible without the football clubs who work tirelessly to put players on the park.

Below is a timeline of our brief MWFA history.