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Kanga Cup soccer for kids

SOCCER teams from across the Tweed have the opportunity to prove once and for all that this region is one of the best nurseries of junior talent in the state, by competing in the 2009 McDonald's Kanga Cup.

In its 19th year, the event is the biggest international youth football tournament in the southern hemisphere.

It has invited nominations from all NSW football clubs, schools, associations and community based teams.

The tournament caters for male and female players from 10-18 years of age, with more than 200 teams expected to compete from July 12-17.

The event promotes sportsmanship and camaraderie, fair play, diversity and commitment, and is a fantastic chance for football clubs to motivate their junior players to train hard in the pursuit of a common goal.

The Cup also provides young participants with the chance to meet players from all over Australia as well as international visitors from Oceania, Asia, and the United States, with the tournament's sole focus on “uniting the youth of the world through football.”

As such, there are a number of cultural and social activities organised for the week.

The McDonald's Kanga Cup tournament is hosted by Capital Football and sanctioned by Football Federation of Australia.

Junior footballs teams can enter the Cup by visiting the website and completing the nomination form.

Registrations close Friday, May 29.