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.
It was incorporated as a not-for-profit sporting organisation under the Associations Incorporation Act in 2006. The association has enjoyed strong support from the Victorian Chinese community and business, as well as that of the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne (CYSM) which continues as its auspice organisation. Former Melbourne Lord Mayor John So was an honorary member and the former Senator Tsebin Tchen is a current director.
In recent years, MCSA has redefined its mission statement to provide a safe and social sporting environment for Melbourne's diverse multicultural communities to participate and enjoy. At the same time, provide the opportunity for participants to feel connected, make new friends and build relationships in synergy with Victoria's Community Harmony policy.
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 councils, schools, media, businesses and the broader community in general.
It is worth noting that players and officials currently registered with MCSA come from many (50+) cultural backgrounds. Countries of origin include Afghanistan, Australia, Britain, Cambodia, China, Columbia, Fiji, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Myanmar, Oromia, South America, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, East Timor, United States, Vietnam, West Papua, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The number of football teams has grown to 40+ since its inception. In the 2016 season, MCSA manages 4 double round robin competitions – Premier League, Multi-cultural Football Community Champions League (MFCCL), Division 1 Sunday and Division 1 Saturday. In addition, MCSA also manages an annual one day community cup in February (around Chinese New Year) with event partner Melbourne City FC; an annual Melbourne U-NITE Cup (formerly the Melbourne Asian Cup) tournament with event partner Melbourne Victory FC where 20 teams representing 20 countries participate; the ever popular Yamagata (knock-out) Cup throughout the season and a mini Challenge Cup at the end of the season (if resource permits). There are 1000 plus registered players participating in these competitions and MCSA has more than 30 referees and assistant referees. All referees are accredited and registered with the Football Federation Victoria (FFV). MCSA also hosts a one day Melbourne Asian Cup women tournament.
In excess of 500 matches are scheduled in 2016, with 20 matches played each weekend across metropolitan Melbourne.
At MCSA, we embrace and celebrate multiculturalism and diversity.