Chance of a lifetime for fans

Sydney FC National Youth League coach Steve Corica keeps a careful watch on the junior football talent ahead of Junior Masters.
Sydney FC National Youth League coach Steve Corica keeps a careful watch on the junior football talent ahead of Junior Masters.

EVERY junior soccer star has probably at some point dreamt of representing their country and now they have just that opportunity.

Junior players from around Central Queensland and Australia are invited to register for the Junior Masters football tournament in Sydney on October 1-2.

Twenty teams will be invited to play at the tournament where they will compete for the opportunity to represent Australia at the Volkswagen Junior World Masters 2012 to be held in Poland in May.

Leading up to the World Junior Masters, more than 850 teams from over 20 countries will compete in individual national competitions to determine which club team will represent their home nation. The 2012 final will be the first time Australia has taken part in the competition, which has been running for 12 years and is now one of the biggest youth football competitions in the world.

The competition isn’t just about skill – but about team spirit and participation in the community, which is a central part of the selection criteria.

Steve Corica, Australian football legend and head coach of Sydney FC’s Youth Team, kicked off the announcement, saying this was an initiative that would be warmly embraced by football enthusiasts across the country.

“With football the fastest growing sport at a grassroots level, the Junior Masters is a fantastic opportunity for our next generation of football stars and for the future of the sport in Australia,” he said.

“The competition will look to recognise good sportsmanship both on and off the field.

“I am honoured to be associated with such an inspiring initiative as an Ambassador for Volkswagen Junior Masters Australia, and I look forward to following the journey of the teams as they compete to represent Australia at the Junior World Masters 2012.”

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