At MCSA, we provide opportunities and we embrace and celebrate multiculturalism and diversity.
The Melbourne Chinese Soccer Association (MCSA) was established in 1995 with the view to provide opportunities for young people, predominantly but not exclusively of Chinese cultural heritage, to play football in a friendly competitive environment.
In 2011, MCSA restructured and reviewed its mission statement to:
(1) Focus on social cohesion, equal opportunity, an active community and a better Melbourne.
(2) Provide opportunities that many grass root communities may not otherwise have due to escalating costs and sports field scarcity.
MCSA was incorporated as a not-for-profit sporting organization under the Associations Incorporation Act in 2006. The association has enjoyed strong support from the Victorian Chinese community and business, as well as the tireless support from the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne (CYSM). Former Melbourne Lord Mayor John So was an honorary member and the late Tsebin Tchen (former senator) was a director.
In 2019, MCSA had 1800+ registered players from 70 plus diverse cultural backgrounds. These include Afghanistan, Australia, Bosnia, Brazil, Britain, Cambodia, China, Columbia, Fiji, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Myanmar, Oromia, Poland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Turkey, United States, Vietnam, West Papua, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.
Provide a socially cohesive, safe, fun, affordable, and inclusive environment for Melbourne’s diverse grass-root multicultural communities to enjoy, be active, make new friends and feel connected in synergy with Victoria’s Multicultural Policy. This is an opportunity that many may not otherwise have due to the escalating cost and sports field scarcity.
The MCSA executive committee has been working voluntarily and vigilantly to achieve these aims and will continue their mission with the tireless and generous support from various government authorities, councils, schools, media, businesses and the broader community in general.
In 2019, MCSA managed 5 Leagues (50 teams) where each team enjoyed 18 league games during the winter season.
The ever-popular and long-running Yamagata Cup, an invitation-only annual knock-out cup tournament for MCSA registered teams.
For the past seven years, the exciting Melbourne U-NITE Cup (formerly the Melbourne Asian Cup) was successfully held annually in partnership with Melbourne Victory and Football Victoria. An event offered to Melbourne’s diverse multicultural communities. Twenty four teams from 20 different communities participate in this tournament. To be eligible to participate, players must have the same cultural background as the team they are representing. A great initiative to bring everyone together, embrace, and celebrate multiculturalism.
In 2019, we celebrated the launch of the inaugural Melbourne U-Nite Cup (women) tournament. Ten community teams participated in the tournament. We look forward to expanding this annual tournament and provide more opportunities for women’s participation.
At the end of our 2017, 2018, and 2019 winter seasons, MCSA successfully toured Guangzhou, China (twice), and Taiwan. Here players are selected from our registered teams and played friendly games in various cities. We look forward to continuing this initiative in 2021.
MCSA is exploring the following opportunities. We welcome all expressions of interest.
(1) A social-friendly women’s community league. Here the primary objective is to provide the opportunity in a fun environment for the mums and working women to be more active.
(2) An over 35’s or 45’s league. This initiative provides an opportunity for veterans of our great game to continue being active.
(3) Futsal competitions for men, women, and mixed.
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