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Junior football season to kick off across the region

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The 2024 community football season officially kicks off across northern NSW this weekend, with player numbers the largest seen in the region. 

Kick off will signal the start of the season for Football Far North Coast, North Coast Football, Football Mid North Coast and NNSWF – Northern Inland member zones. 

Community football kicked off across the Hunter region with the start of the Zone Football League competition a fortnight ago.  

Registrations have soared across northern NSW this season, with an incredible 53,990 participants registered as of 2 March.  

This number represents a 12% increase compared to the same time last year, making 2024 the biggest year for football in the region ever.  

Female participants make up 15,323 of total registrations, or 28% – a 22% increase on the same time last year.  

“We saw record participation rates across the region in 2023 and incredibly we have broken that record again, so we look forward to another fantastic year of football,” says Northern NSW Football CEO Peter Haynes. 

“We wish every player, coach, match official and volunteer all the very best for the season ahead.”  

To launch the season Newcastle Permanent and Northern NSW Football ditributed another 10,000 free footballs to entry-level MiniRoos players. 

The 17-year partnership has supplied more than 125,000 free footballs to MiniRoos players since 2008. 

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