Sydney FC named Australasia's best sporting team ahead of massive double header

It will be a big night of A-League football at Netstra Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah this Saturday, December 4, as Sydney FC face the Newcastle Jets in a massive doubleheader.

The A-League Women start their home campaign in the day's opener at 5pm before Steve Corica's team look for their first goal of the year at 7:45pm.

Sydney FC suffered its first loss of the season against Macarthur on Saturday, November 27, going scoreless against Macarthur FC. Picture: Keith McInnes.

Sydney FC suffered its first loss of the season against Macarthur on Saturday, November 27, going scoreless against Macarthur FC. Picture: Keith McInnes.

The double header comes after the exciting news that the Sydney FC Men have been named Australasia's Best Sporting Team for 2021, with the Sky Blues' Women's named Australasia's Best Female Sporting Team.

Platinum Asset Management, together with GAIN LINE Analytics have presented their yearly analysis which has this year ranked the Sky Blues Men on top of the list and the Sydney FC Women fifth out of almost 200 professional teams.

The Men's squad have won the award, having secured three A-League Men's Championships in the last five years.

While the Women's team have been represented in four out of the past five Grand Finals, winning one Championship and one Premiership, in an outstanding period for the club.

C Danny Townsend has previously gone on the record citing a "vision to be the best sporting team in the country of any code" and this award recognises that.

In winning the award, Sydney FC CEO Danny Townsend said that it is a huge achievement to have the highest rated men's and women's teams of all codes in Australia and New Zealand.

"Over the last five years our Men's and Women's teams have competed in eight out of 10 Grand Finals and it is this consistency that has delivered this accolade," he said.

"I'd like to congratulate everyone at the club from our owners David Traktovenko and Scott Barlow and our Board of Directors, to our coaching staff and players, as well as our Members who have stuck by us during a difficult time through displacement from our home stadium and the global pandemic.

"It is an outstanding achievement to celebrate and we will look to challenge for the title again next year."

Sydney FC Coach Steve Corica, who has been ever present during the success said they were proud of the club's recent achievements and delighted to receive the recognition.

"Much credit must go to our players who have achieved some great things and the staff who prepare our players to achieve that success," he said.

"We have every intention of ensuring we stay firmly on top place with our performances this season."

The Sky Blue faithful out in force at Sydney FC's match against Macarthur FC at Kogarah. Picture: Keith McInnes.

The Sky Blue faithful out in force at Sydney FC's match against Macarthur FC at Kogarah. Picture: Keith McInnes.

Sky Blues Women's Head Coach Ante Juric has been in charge for the past five years and said all of the recognition should go to the players and staff, along with the club for its great support.

"We have had a policy of believing in and promoting our excellent young Australian female players and it has paid off," he said.

"It was fantastic to win last season's Premiership and go so close in the Grand Final, we look forward to going one better this year."

Sydney FC have nominated the Sydney FC Foundation to receive a $10,000 grant from Platinum, in recognition of their success.

The Sydney FC Foundation seeks to meaningfully connect with the Sky Blue community and enrich the lives of young people through the power of football and education.

The grant will specifically go towards the Foundation's community pillar and support the Sydney FC Powerchair football team (a modified version of football for people with physical disabilities and utilizing electric wheelchairs).