Championships first of many big events for Coffs
MORE THAN 250 of northern NSW's best young male footballers are set to converge on the Coffs Coast across the long weekend.
The annual under-11 and 12-years Northern New South Wales Football State Championships for Boys will be played at C.ex Coffs International Stadium.
Hosted by North Coast Football, member zones Hunter Valley, Far North Coast, Mid North Coast, Macquarie, Newcastle and Northern Inland will participate along with Emerging Jets sides.
This event is the first of a long line of NNSWF major tournaments to be conducted at the venue in 2014.
NNSWF will also host FFA National Youth Championships for Girls in July and the FFA National Youth Championships for Boys in October.
The State Cup Finals series will be held in two weeks' time, with the NNSWF State Championships for Girls to take place in September.
Northern NSW Football executive officer David Eland said the championships would help identify emerging talent.
"Northern NSW Football is proud to host these championships and this weekend will showcase the best young male footballers," he said.
"The kids are fortunate to be competing at such a fine facility. These championships are crucial in gauging the talent from within our member zones.
"They provide a valuable opportunity for our technical panel to identify talented young players who have the ability to progress to the next level in their playing careers."
The first matches start at 8.30am today with games played simultaneously on two separate fields.
North Coast Football has the under-11s in action first up against the under-10 Emerging Jets while the 12s face Far North Coast at 9.25am.
The presentation of medallions and trophies will take place from 2pm on Monday.