Summer soccer set for kick-off

THE winter season may be coming to a close, but die hard soccer fans have no fear - it's Summer Soccer time.

The six-a-side season is ready to take off in Murwillumbah and this season promises to be the best yet.

Four fields will be in operation at Jim Devine Oval and a further two at the showgrounds to cater for demand.

Yet event organiser Noel Patterson isn't satisfied there, calling on any more interested parties to register their teams as soon as possible.

“Those who enjoyed last season, want to defend their previous title, or don't want to miss out on the fun need to sign up before October 1,” he said.

“It's a chance to continue playing the sport we love during the off-season and keep fit at the same time.

“Even though it's a social competition it's no fun being in a group where you win or lose by big scores, so we will endeavour to put each team in the correct grade and the captains can give some indication as to what the players want.”

The minimum age to play is 15, with the competition catering for both men and women separately (divisions A-D), and even a special over-35s division.

Each match is played over two 20 minute halves on a half size pitch. The maximum number of players per squad is 10, though unlimited interchanges are allowed for those who require a few extra breathers.

No player can make contact with ball inside the area except the goalkeeper and hence goals can only be scored from a fair distance. Yellow cards and send off are in place.

Due to an increase in council rates, electricity and other costs the sign on fee has increased by $50 to $350 for the season - the first rise in five years - and fees and paperwork must be in by October 1.

The final draw will be published on October 2, with games kicking off between 6.00 and 8.15pm.

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