Craig Foster.
Craig Foster. SBS Television: The World Game

Foster has a vision for FNC soccer

IF former Socceroos star and self-confessed soccer ‘advocate’ Craig Foster gets his way, the Far North Coast could develop into one of the major centres for excellence outside of the metropolitan areas.

Foster, who grew up at Goonellabah and was nurtured by the local soccer community, is planning to put something back into the region’s soccer future.

He also plans to rope in his brother Paul, who is the assistant coach of the national Under-18 team.

“Essentially, we want the Far North Coast region to become known as the finest regional nursery of football in the country,” he said.

“Sydney has the A-League clubs, and all those sorts of things, and they will try to develop their own nursery but what they lack is the natural talent we have here.”

Foster has been holding talks with representatives from Football Far North Coast, connections of the new Gold Coast A-League franchise, Southern Cross University and local politicians in an effort to garner support for his fledgling project.

“There’s already a proposal on the table for the North Coast and Far North Coast associations to be directly linked as a pathway to Gold Coast United,” he said.

“What is required is people in the region to have the desire, enthusiasm and vision to tap in, and let’s start making some improvements.

“I believe we can produce, not only Socceroos and Matildas, but Socceroos and Matildas captains.”
It’s a bold vision that is short on detail at this stage but no one could ever accuse Foster of not thinking big.

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