Worthy event: Tournament director Keith Miller (left), FFNC general manager Steve Mackney and Lifeline chairman Peter Boughey.
Worthy event: Tournament director Keith Miller (left), FFNC general manager Steve Mackney and Lifeline chairman Peter Boughey.

Soccer club raises money for cause

LIFELINE and Football Far North Coast are joining forces to present a revolutionary soccer tournament next month.

The Lifeline Football Cup will be held to raise money for charity but soccer fans are set to benefit just as much.

The format of the tournament lends itself to a novel brand of soccer with a ‘drop off’ system to be implemented.

One goal wins a match, but teams have to evolve and adapt quickly as two players from either side leave the field every three minutes until the winning goal is scored.

Anyone can enter a team in the tournament where matches could be over in the blink of an eye – or the screech of a whistle – or last until only a handful of players remain.

FFNC general manager Steve Mackney is excited for soccer clubs in the region to get involved with the event and is imploring them to act on nominating a side.

“This will be fast and furious Russian roulette soccer,” Mackney said.

“Great fun for the players and the fans.”

With the scheduled start date of June 12 just a month away, it’s time for clubs to declare their interest.

“Our clubs need to act fast and finalise entries to the tournament so the organisers can get on with doing their job,” Mackney said.

“The bottom line here is the (soccer) community, in strength and numbers, getting behind a worthwhile and hard-working charity.”

The local soccer boss said that he wouldn’t be entering a team, but there is no question he will be on the scene to take in all the action.

“I think the format will bring great participation from the crowd,” he said.

“There are no second chances in these games, a side can go ‘bang’ and score a goal and that’s it, you’re gone.”

“It gives a lower league team the chance to come out and knock off a premier division side.

“It will be excitement like no other.”

Trophies and prizes will be on offer courtesy of Lifeline with a men’s and women’s division to contest separate cups.

For more information head to footballfarnorthcoast.com.au



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