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More than 2000 people from across NSW and Queensland will converge on Lismore in September to take part in one of the nation’s largest regional football tournaments – The Joeys Mini World Cup.

The event will be held between 26 September and 1 October, hosted at various football clubs around Lismore.

Lismore City Council General Manager, John Walker, said Council had worked with Destination NSW, the Northern Rivers Football Academy and Football Far North Coast to secure this regionally significant event for at least the next three years.

Lismore perfect

‘Lismore’s reputation as a sporting and football regional hub makes it the perfect location to continue to grow this event,’ he said.

‘The tournament will bring more than 2000 people from across NSW and Queensland. In previous years it has attracted teams from Germany and New Zealand. The age categories range from Under 10s up to Under 19s and includes an open women’s category.

‘Council would like to thank Destination NSW, the Northern Rivers Football Academy and Football Far North Coast, which will both assist with the coordination of the tournament.’

The Joeys Mini World Cup is an annual regional football tournament played in the September/October school holidays. It began in 2010 at Inverell and quickly grew into one of the nation’s largest regional football tournaments. It eventually moved to Hervey Bay to allow for more growth,where it remained until 2021.

Lismore City Mayor, Steve Krieg, said the tournament would be a natural fit for Lismore given the city’s long history of hosting large sporting events that benefit our local economy and businesses.

‘We have a long tradition of successfully hosting large national sporting events and this six-day Cup is estimated to generate more than $2.2 million.

‘It could not come at a better time with many of our businesses re-opening after the February natural disaster, with more to open soon.’

For more information go to: https://www.joeysminiworldcuplismore.com.

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