The APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC is based in the heartland of Australian Football, Sydney’s inner western suburb of Leichhardt. The club’s home ground, Lambert Park, has been the Tigers home since its inception. Lambert Park is also located within metres of Sydney’s most popular dining spots, the famous Norton Street. Renowned for its restaurants, history and culture, Leichhardt and surrounding suburbs like Balmain, Haberfield and Drummoyne are places where people love to visit and wish to reside.
A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers is one of Australia’s pioneer football clubs having been formed in 1954 in the suburb of Leichhardt – a club that has great presence and commands respect not only from our local community, but nationally.
A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers is a multicultural club and although still reflecting Leichhardt’s Italian heritage, the club is a multicultural club, with a large English and Scottish influence.
A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers represents the region at the highest level. The club has been selected by Football NSW to represent the district and region at the highest level of football in NSW. A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers, at the NSW National Premier League level (Seniors and Under 20s) and at representative Premier Youth League Level (Under 18, 16, 15, 14, 13 and U12) represents the Inner West Region. There is no other club in the region that has this role.
A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers has national significance throughout its 60 ear history having produced the greatest number of Socceroos than any other football club in the history of Australian Soccer during its 60 year illustrious history, not to mention also the most number of national team captains.
A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers is Oceania’s sole representative with an exclusive invitation to the Coppa Carnevale, annually. This elite World Youth Tournament is based in Viareggio, Italy, and is the most prestigious Under 20s club side tournament in the world.
The competition includes 48 club sides in total. Out of those 48 sides, 23 are from Italy and the remaining from abroad. Sides such as AC Milan, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Juventus, Inter, Bayern Munich, Santos & Roma are only some of the glamour clubs that showcase their star players in this prestigious and world class tournament. Many former and current football superstars have participated in the Coppa Carnevale. The likes of Paolo Maldini, Francesco Totti, Gabriel Batistuta and Alessandro Del Piero are just some of the names from a huge list of players that have international recognition and Superstar Status from the sport.
In 2016 the club participated for the 15th consecutive year.
A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers’ association with Lambert Park….
Lambert Park in Leichhardt has been the home ground for the A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers since its formation in 1954. Lambert Park has become synonymous with the A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers Football Club so much so that the ground was recognised internationally in 2006 when an image of Lambert Park, in the club’s colours, was chosen as one of 14 images from around the world to be issued in conjunction with the 20
06 World Cup as one of the official World Cup posters.
Lambert Park is maintained at a high level so as to allow the club to compete in the highest level of football in N.S.W. The standard of the playing surface is paramount and crucial to the club’s participation in the highest level of football in N.S.W.
A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers’ First Grade and Under 20 /18 Teams….
The club’s Senior, Under 20s and Under 18s teams currently compete in the National NSW Premier League Men’s 1 Competition which is the highest league in the State and the league immediately beneath the A-League.
A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers’ representative Premier Youth League Teams ….
The Under 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 teams compete in the NSW National Premier Youth League Competition conducted by Football NSW. Football NSW conducts three representative youth leagues; the Premier Youth, the Super Youth and the Development League. The Premier Youth League in which the club competes is the highest youth league in the state.
A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers’ Women and Girls’ State League….
The club also fields five teams in the 2016 NSW Women’s State League being Under 13, 15, 17s, Reserve and First Grades. The club has been fielding Women and Girls competition teams successfully since 2008.
A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers’ SAP (Skills Acquisition Program) Teams
The club participates in the Football NSW Skills Acquisition Program which was developed to provide a clear, professionally delivered development opportunity for young NSW footballers that underpins the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s and Women’s Competitions by providing the State’s young players the best possible learning environment for them to realise their footballing dreams. The club currently fields 6 teams; two teams in each of the following age groups; Under 9, Under 10s and Under 11s.
A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers….also has numerous Nursery and Children’s, Youth, All Age Men and Women’s, Over 35s and O45 teams that compete in the Canterbury District Soccer Football Association Competitions. Every year the numbers increase and the club continues to build on its grass roots development plan.
A.P.I.A.Leichhardt Tigers …. launched its inaugural 365 Soccer Sixes Competition in conjunction with Football NSW in September 2014. The 365 refers to Soccer Sixes being played from Monday to Friday (every weeknight) from September through to March as well as two nights per week at Lambert Park during the winter months.
Our 365 Soccer Sixes provides for competitions in all age groups commencing from under 6s though to All age , over 35s, over 45s, mixed teams and of course competitions for the booming Women and Girls' significant involvement in the world game.
The club’s facilities are next to none as family and friends of participating players can watch them live on four plasma screens within our grandstand and pavilion areas. Also Lambert Park will soon have a monster scoreboard featuring live action of the games taking place on the field. A lift is also available to assist the elderly and disabled to the grandstand.
365 Soccer Sixes provides ongoing football opportunities for players that appreciate to play all year round.