National youth soccer in Coffs
COFFS Harbour will host the prestigious 2006-2008 Qantas National Youth Championships for the next three years.
The FFA granted the Northern NSW Soccer Federation the right to host the week-long tournaments (girls in July and boys in September), for three consecutive years in preference to Soccer NSW, the Gold Coast and Football Federation Victoria.
The Qantas National Youth Championships are an integral part of Australia's junior talent identification and development program.
Participating boys and girls have been identified as the best young soccer players in their respective states for their age.
This hotbed of talent attracts the attention of national team selectors and coaches, talent scouts and soccer supporters from around the globe.
At the end of the tournament a National championship-winning State team emerges in each age group.
In addition to allowing the FFA to identify potential National Youth Team players, the championships offer a forum for potential AIS players and elite referees to emerge and an opportunity for FFA and National coaching staff to interact with State Federation coaching staff.
The high-performance environment enables State Federations to evaluate their programs and offers players a chance to assess their skills in an elite competition.
The Qantas National Youth Championships also provide Women's National League team coaches an opportunity to identify players.