The best young female footballers from across Australia are set to converge on Coffs Harbour next week for the Westfield National Youth Championships For Girls.

Over 300 players from across Australia will compete at BCU International Stadium from July 6-9, in Under 15 and Under 17 age divisions.

Northern NSW Football will have a team in each division, with players represented from across Northern NSW Football’s seven member zones.

The Under 15 Northern NSW side will include Cumbalum’s Sophie Thomson and Cudgera’s Zoe Lattanzi, with Ruby Edwards of Clovass and Mullumbimby’s Deeanna Thompson represented in the Under 17 side.

Northern NSW Football has hosted the Championships at Coffs Harbour since 2006, when Football Federation Australia (FFA) granted the rights to host the prestigious tournament for three years from 2006-08.

Such was the success of the tournament and the accolades given to the quality of the facility that the FFA then granted Northern NSW Football the rights for a further three years (2009-11)

“These Championships are a valuable vehicle to gauge the talent we have across Australia and provide a great opportunity for FFA staff to identify young female players who may one day go on to emulate the recent success of the Matildas in the Asian Cup and ultimately the World Cup,” Northern NSW Football Chief Executive Officer David Eland said.

Testament to the importance of the Championships will be the presence of National Women’s Head Coach Tom Sermani, who as well as observing games during the tournament will also take the opportunity to conduct an exclusive coaching session for all Youth Championship coaches in attendance on Wednesday 7th July from 6pm-8pm.

The first matches in the Championships get under way on Tuesday 6th July at 9am, with the National Champions in both age divisions determined in the final series of interstate matchups scheduled for Friday 9th July.