Byron Bay Soccer Club, Goonellabah FC and South Lismore FC have entered teams in Northern NSW Football’s Solo Cup, which was launched today in Port Macquarie.

Byron Bay will host an opening round match on March 27, taking on Port Macquarie FC.

The official draw was released by leading football commentator Andy Harper and Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland, along with representatives from Schweppes Australia and local teams.

Mr Eland is pleased with the response for the Solo Cup in its inaugural year.

“The competition is a Statewide knockout designed to further develop the rich football culture throughout Northern NSW and is a unique opportunity for clubs to compete against clubs from outside their regional competitions,” he said.

“The success of this year’s Solo Cup will certainly lead to women’s and also Over-35s knockout competitions.” 

Northern NSW Football would like to work towards the winner of the Solo Cup progressing to compete against the winner of Football NSW’s equivalent competition.

The Solo Cup will culminate in finals to be held at BCU International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, in July.

The Statewide competition with a total prize pool of $10,000 has attracted 56 teams from across Northern NSW Football’s seven zones.

The Solo Cup launches a new partnership between Schweppes Australia and Northern NSW Football, with both organizations excited about the opportunity to develop the game at grassroots level, commencing with the inaugural Solo Cup.

Schweppes has an association already with Football Federation Australia at a national level and is looking forward to now working with Northern NSW Football on grassroots initiatives with clubs located on the Far North Coast.

“Schweppes is very excited to announce its new partnership with Northern NSW Football, and proud to be a partner of football in Australia,” said Phillip Flanagan, Account Manager, Impulse & Convenience for Schweppes Australia.

“Connecting our iconic brands like Solo with the rapid growth of football in Australia represents a genuinely exciting opportunity for us, and we have been thrilled with the response of the football community to date.”
 
Due to the expansive area covered by Northern NSW Football, the competition is divided into two pools, the Northern Pool and Southern Pool, to determine quarter-final placings.

The Northern Pool will comprise of club teams from Mid North Coast Football, North Coast Football, Northern Inland Football and Football Far North Coast.

Round One of the competition will be held on Saturday 27th March 2010. The winners from Round One will then progress into knockout rounds until the Northern Pool quarter-finalists are determined. 

Round One draw for FNC teams:

  • Host, Kempsey Saints FC, Kemp Street Fields (Kemp Street, West Kempsey), Pacific Palms v South Lismore Celtic FC 1pm.
  • Host, Byron Bay Rams, Byron Rec Ground (Carlyle Street, Byron Bay), Byron Bay Rams v Port Macquarie FC 3pm.
  • Host, Coffs City United FC, Forsyth Park (Maclean Street, Coffs Harbour), Goonellabah FC v Norths United 3pm.