North Coast Football’s inaugural season in NNSWF’s PS4 NPL Youth League begins this weekend with the first pre-season match set to gauge the readiness of the three squads for the upcoming competition.
The three age divisions (13s, 14s and 15s) will play a friendly game against Mid North Coast Football at Bishop Druitt College on Saturday 18th February. Their opponents, who travel from Port Macquarie and Taree, will be a stern test and a welcome indicator of where the NCF teams’ currently sit, just one month out from the start of competition.
The National Premier League (NPL) is the competition run throughout Australia as part of an elite player pathway to Professional Football. It helps bridges the gap between grassroots and professional football by testing the best young players at the highest level possible.
NNSWF’s Senior Club Development Officer Gary Fisher said ““North Coast Football’s participation in the PS4 NPL Youth league provides an opportunity for youth players from the North Coast to compete against other talented youth league players in Northern NSW on a weekly basis,’
‘It further gives them the opportunity to hone their skills and continue their development through the Talented Player Pathway,’ he concluded.
North Coast Football’s Technical Director Gary McGinnis said the pre-season friendly has come at the right time in preparation of NCF’s inaugural NPL season.
“It’s important we test ourselves against teams who have had NPL experience, so that we know what we need to work on and what is working for us at training. We’ll analyse the games and keep building toward the start of season”
“It’s about getting some time on the field and playing against a strong zone that we’ve always had a friendly rivalry with. We appreciate Mid North Coast Football making the trip up for the friendly games, and we look forward to three good match ups.”