National Youth Championships for Girls kicks off at Stadium
AUSTRALIA'S most esteemed junior football tournament for girls is set to kick-off at C.ex Coffs International Stadium this morning.
More than 300 of Australia's best young female footballers in the 13 Years and 15 Years divisions will participate in the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls.
The tournament will see 20 teams from around Australia contesting the two age divisions. Each age division has two groups, with five teams contesting each.
This is the 10th consecutive year the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls is being held in Coffs Harbour. This week marks the start of a further three year tenure which will see the Championships, along with the FFA National Youth Championships for Boys to be held in Coffs Harbour until 2017.
"Northern NSW Football is delighted to again host the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls which sees Australia's best young female talent converge on Coffs Harbour to gauge their abilities against the best player from fellow States," Northern NSW Football chief executive David Eland said.
"Female football has been showcased at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada in recent weeks and we expect to see a rise in the number of females playing our sport following the success of the Matildas.
"With a Technical Panel consisting of FFA Coaching Staff in attendance throughout the week, the Championships provide young female players with the opportunity for identification for future Australian team camps and the potential to one day represent our country at the highest level."
The Northern NSW 13 Years Girls will contest the Championships in Group A against NSW Metropolitan, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.
The Northern NSW 15 Years Girls will compete in Group B against Capital Football, Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmania.
The Championships will finish on Friday.