What's better than soccer or motor sports? Soccer with cars!
IT SEEMS a match made in heaven for soccer-mad and car-mad Lismore.
The first game of car soccer ever to be played in Australia will be at the North Coast National on Saturday, October 19.
This bizarre, but possibly entertaining spectacle, is the brain-child of Nic Flanagan who will captain one of the teams, the Candy Cars.
With five cars per side, the object of the game is to knock a giant soccer ball through a set of goals that will be set up at each end of the speedway arena.
"There will be a bit of contact involved, but nothing too serious," Nic said.
"There'll be a bit of biff and barge like you'd get in a normal soccer game."
Played over two 15 minute halves, the drivers are hoping to have some of the players from Football Far North Coast's two premier league men's grand final teams strapped in as passengers to give them some tactical tips.
Football Far North Coast general manager Steve Mackney seemed amused by the idea.
Nic, who is also on the management committee for the show, said it was all about trying to expand the range of entertainment that is on offer.
He said he saw a game that was played in the UK and thought it would be good to bring it to Australia.
The giant soccer ball has an anti-burst bladder and can withstand a load of up to 850kg
Nic has been scouring the wreckers' yards and car sale sites for cheap cars and has bought a bunch of cars of varying shapes and sizes that will be painted up in team colours.
They are still trying to work out what the referee will get around in.
"It will be chaos," Nic said.
Yes, but it should be fun.