Keith (Dusty) Miller, Steve Mackney and Peter Boughey launching the Football FNC Lifeline Charity Competition in Lismore.
Keith (Dusty) Miller, Steve Mackney and Peter Boughey launching the Football FNC Lifeline Charity Competition in Lismore.

Soccer kicks off for charity

Up to 64 teams will slug it out for the Lifeline Charity Football Cup on Saturday, June 12, to raise money for the valuable telephone counselling service.

The matches will be played according to the ‘drop off’ system, where two players from each team will be dropped from the field every three minutes until only three players remain on each side. There is no offside rule and the first team to score a goal will win the match.

Like Twenty20 cricket, it is designed to be a fast paced, innovative game.

“I was sitting at home watching Twenty20 cricket when I had the idea of a kind of Twenty20 soccer game. I thought that this would make for an effective charity event, and because of my history with Lifeline I thought this would be a great opportunity,” tournament director Keith Miller said.

The Cup will be the only competition of its kind throughout the region and teams will be placed randomly into draws (there will be both a men’s and a women’s draw), but teams of all skill levels will play off against each other, which means games could be as short as it takes for officials to blow their whistles or as long as needed for one team to score and achieve victory.

Registration forms for teams are available through Football Far North Coast’s office at Suite 5, 32 Gumtree Drive, Goonellabah, and through local clubs.

Football Far North Coast general manager Steve Mackney said they were hoping for a big day and, if successful, it could become an annual event.

“It’s always interesting, running an event for the first time because you don’t know what to expect…we’re hoping to get at least a thousand people there,” he said.

The competition will be held at Oakes Oval, with gates games commencing at 10am and a $5 entry fee for spectators.


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