Tradition

WHO ARE THE SYDNEY RANGERS?

Sydney Rangers Football Club is Australia’s first and Sydney’s only gay and inclusive men’s soccer club.

Founded in 1997, we are a community dedicated to building a competitive, social and diverse club which welcomes players of all sexual orientations and from all levels of playing experience.

All six of our current squads compete in the Canterbury District Soccer Football Association (CDSFA), and in various domestic and international competitions each year.

OUR MISSION

To instill pride and achieve success on and off the football field by playing fun and inclusive soccer, and to make a positive social contribution in our community.

WHO PLAYS FOR SYDNEY RANGERS FC?

We are a mix of players from different backgrounds, who range in age from 18-55. While most in the club identify as gay, there are many players and officials who identify as bisexual or straight. Sexuality is not an obstacle to playing for Sydney Rangers FC.

WHY PLAY FOR SYDNEY RANGERS FC?

  • For the love of playing “the beautiful game”
  • Experience the positive health, fitness and social benefits of playing football
  • Participate in a comfortable, supportive and inclusive team environment
  • Engage with and support the LGBTI+ community
  • Represent Sydney and the LGBTI+ community at national and international football tournaments

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND FUNDRAISING

Sydney Rangers FC is proud of our involvement and visibility in the LGBTI, football and wider community. We work closely with organisations such as our community sponsor ACON to promote positive messages of tolerance, diversity, equality, health and wellness within our communities.

We are proud to be a Foundation Member of Pride Football Australia which aims to bring together football players and supporters, regardless of their gender or sexuality, to share their love of the game and promote equality, acceptance and diversity.

CLUB HISTORY AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Year AchievementHost
2020Established our sixth CDSFA squad for the 2020 Winter CompSydney
2019JF Cup – WinnersMelbourne
2018Established our fifth CDSFA squad for the 2018 Winter CompSydney
2016JF Cup – WinnersSydney
2015JF Cup – WinnersMelbourne
2015Established our fourth CDSFA squad for the 2015 Winter CompSydney
2014JF Cup – WinnersSydney
2013JF Cup – WinnersMelbourne
2011JF Cup – WinnersMelbourne
2009IGLFA – Bronze medalistsWashington DC
 JF Cup – WinnersMelbourne
2008IGLFA – Bronze medalistsLondon
2003IGLFA – Silver medalistsBoston
2002Enter Gay Games for first timeSydney
1997Sydney Rangers FC is formedSydney

Sydney Rangers in its earliest form commenced in 1997 when Andy Francis and Ronan McChesney started out looking for players.

From late 1998 Sherif Moukkassa and David Carmichael led the club and in 2000/1 the club was named Sydney Rangers after a ballot of members was held.

On 20 December 2005 the club was incorporated, with founding committee members for incorporation Sherif Moukkassa (President), David Carmichael (Vice President), Mark Eagleson (Treasurer), Adam Balsamo (Secretary) and Neil O’Donnell.

Original 1997 player recruitment flyer

CLUB AWARDS

Annually, Sydney Rangers recognises player achievements over the Winter Competition season.  Past recipients can be viewed here.