APIA Leichhardt and Sydney Olympic to battle for 'Best in the Inner West' title

Two of Australia’s most iconic Football names, APIA Leichhardt FC and Sydney Olympic FC have joined forces to create a “Festival of Football” over two days, culminating on Sunday May 30th at Lambert Park when one of these two historic clubs will be crowned ‘The Best in the Inner West’ for 2021.

“APIA and Olympic are two of only three clubs in NSW who have teams in both the National Premier Leagues NSW top tier Men’s and Women’s competitions, two historic clubs, two proud and two well-supported clubs, who better to do it with,” said legendary APIA Leichhardt FC President Tony Raciti.

“The event will be spectacular, not only will our Youth teams have something extra to play for, but both Senior Men’s teams have improved in the last month and should be in the top 5 by the time the “Festival of Football” comes around.

“Between the two senior Women’s teams there are over 20 W-League star players, The legends game which already has confirmation from more than 20 players who have played over 80 times for the Socceroos will be brilliant, we will have LIVE Italian and Greek entertainment and we have over 30 food stalls already confirmed.

“It’s without any doubt the biggest National Premier Leagues NSW Footballing event of the last decade, maybe ever and both clubs are working together to ensure we break the NPL NSW League attendance record.

“It’s an event for all ages.

“Sydney Olympic have really brought into the vision and credit to them and we will replicate their support next year when we expand the event to a home and away format.

“Now I implore all you supporters of both clubs to get behind the event, purchase your tickets and we can show how two grand clubs can work together,” ended Raciti.

The “Festival of Football” concept has been created to ensure a whole club atmosphere with the NPL NSW Boys and Girls Youth League teams playing as a curtain-raiser on Saturday May 29th at Lambert Park.

All eight teams will play a huge part in the overall result of who will be crowned “The Best in the Inner West”.

“I think it’s a great concept,” said Sydney Olympic CEO John Boulos.

“Including the Youth teams makes it a club focused event and not just primarily on the Senior teams, which improves and builds the culture within the club, something that both clubs do very well already, but it will only grow with an event like this.

“We have already agreed next year we will run the Festival over two legs with one game being played at Lambert Park and the reverse fixture at Belmore Sports Ground.

“This promises to be something we run annually as one of the biggest events on the NPL NSW calendar and we know our large supporter base will get behind this event to make it a big success.”


Due to the unprecedented level of interest since the launch of the FESTIVAL OF FOOTBALL, the event has now become a pre sale event ONLY.