Coffs shortlisted as a possible host for an Asian Cup team
WITH the 2015 AFC Asian Cup preparations already under way, Coffs Harbour has been short-listed for a potential training base for an international football team in the competition.
Under strict criteria, Coffs Harbour was culled from more than 50 nominations and is now one of 27 venues nationwide vying for the 16-team hosting honours.
Coffs Harbour will be in an advantageous position to take a team because of the logistical benefits such as having an airport, hotels and accessibility to the city.
Local organising committee chief executive Michael Brown said the community benefited as a whole when teams of this stature come to town.
"The response has been magnificent and shows Australians are getting behind the Asian Cup in a big way," Brown said.
"I am sure if the visiting teams choose to base themselves at one of these great locations the whole region will adopt them as their second team."
Mayor Denise Knight said the council was "thrilled at the prospect of being considered" for the biggest football event in Asia.
"Being short-listed for such a prestigious event is a credit to the standard of facilities here in Coffs Harbour, both sporting and tourism," she said.
"We look forward to speaking to interested teams in the coming months and hope to be able to showcase our beautiful city to both players and fans in the lead up to the tournament."
If chosen, it is expected to provide an economic boost for NSW that will be beneficial for the national game.