From 2-7 July, thousands of young football players from around the world will unite in Canberra for the annual Kanga Cup.
Kanga Cup is a week-long festival that brings the youth of the world together through football, celebrating the joy, friendship and teamwork that the sport fosters.
Over the last 25 years the Kanga Cup has grown into the largest International Youth Football Tournament in the Southern Hemisphere.
The very first Kanga Cup was held in Sydney in 1991 with just 35 participating teams, and it eventually moved to Canberra in 1993. The event continues to grow every year, with 378 teams participating in 2016 and a goal to reach 400 this year.
A spokeswoman for Kanga Cup said the tournament was established to encourage participation, having fun with mates and simply enjoying football.
“We invite teams from around the world to participate, providing teams the opportunity to compete against players they may have never had the chance to face,” she said.
“Most teams that participate are from Australia, but we’ve had teams from every part of the globe attend. For 2017 we’ve already had interest from teams in New Zealand, South Korea, Indonesia, Ghana, Malaysia, Singapore and India.”
The tournament is open to grassroots and aspirational clubs, as well as school representative teams between under 9s and under 18s age groups, which are then split into three divisions based on their skills and playing abilities.
“This event allows for a range of age groups and skill levels, making it an inclusive event for all children,” the spokeswoman said.
2nd – 7th July 2017
Kanga Cup will be hosted at various venues around Canberra. Visit www. kangacup.com for more information.
Registration starts from $199 per person
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