Lismore to host Joeys Mini World Cup for three years

Wednesday, 13 July

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 prestigious event will be held between September 26 and October 1 and 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’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 10's up to Under19's and includes an open women 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 benefits our local economy and businesses.

“It’s going to be wonderful welcoming the players and families to Lismore,” he said.

“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.”

Minister for Regional Youth Ben Franklin said this event will showcase football stars of tomorrow while providing a welcome boost to the local visitor economy.
“The NSW Government is proud to support the Joeys Mini World Cup, which is an important pipeline for the development of Australia’s future professional and senior footballers. I am delighted it will be hosted in a football-loving community like Lismore for the next three years.” Mr Franklin said.
“I commend the event organisers in light of recent challenges in the region and thank all stakeholders for their commitment to this event to make sure kids are back playing a high level of competitive football.
“The Joeys Mini World Cup will draw thousands of competitors, supporters and officials, which will also provide a fantastic boost to the visitor economy of the Northern Rivers region.”

Joeys Mini World Cup owner Heinrich Haussler said he was thrilled to bring the popular event to Lismore.

“Lismore City Council, the Northern Rivers Football Academy and Football Far North Coast have been very proactive in securing the event,” he said.

“Now with the support of Destination New South Wales, I am looking forward to growing this into a staple in the Lismore sporting event calendar.”

Joeys Mini World Cup is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

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