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Sophie to fly the local flag

AUSTRALIA'S most prestigious junior football tournament for girls gets underway at BCU International Stadium in Coffs Harbour on Monday.

The Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls brings together 320 elite footballers in 20 teams from all over the nation in the under-14 and 15 years divisions.

Local North Coast Football Zone will be represented by Sophie McConnachie in the younger age group.

The tournament has been hosted by Northern NSW Football at the Coffs Harbour facility since 2006 and this staging marks the commencement of a new agreement with the FFA that will see the championships remain in the city until 2014.

The stadium facility is of the highest standard and with the support of Coffs Harbour City Council and the resources of the Council's Sports Unit in hosting the event, the tournament has received the highest accolades from all participants.

The event concludes next Friday, July 13, when champions will be decided before facing the selected All Stars squad at 6pm with a presentation of trophies and medallions to follow at 7.45pm.

Entry is free with the public encouraged to attend.

An opening ceremony will be held at 8.30am Monday followed by the NNSW under14's playing Queensland at 9am and the under-15's taking on Tasmania at 4pm.

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