Solo Cup kicks off first round

GET ready, because this is one of the biggest days of soccer on the North Coast this year.

The Solo Cup, Northern NSW Football's state-wide knockout competition, will get underway today with first-round Northern Pool matches at BCU International Stadium in Coffs Harbour.

Southern Pool first-round matches in the Newcastle/Hunter Region were held on March 6 and 13.

The Northern Pool first round will be a marathon day of soccer at Coffs Harbour with the first match at 10.30am and the final match kicking off at 5.30pm.

Teams will participate from all member zones of Northern NSW including the Far North Coast, Northern Inland, North and Mid North Coasts.

Round 2 of the Northern Pool will be held on Saturday, May 7 and round 3 on Saturday, June 6, at venues yet to be confirmed.

This is the second year of the competition and this year's Solo Cup has attracted 56 teams from across Northern NSW who will compete for $10,000 prize money in Southern and Northern pool matches before culminating in the Solo Cup grand final on August 7 at a venue to be determined.

A state knockout was first held in 1884 it however encompassed only the southern corner of Northern NSW, along with Sydney and Central Coast teams. The first Northern NSW side to win the competition was Hamilton Athletic in 1887.

The inaugural Solo Cup in 2010 however represented the first state-wide knockout competition to encompass all of Northern NSW's seven zones.

Today's first match is at 10.30am, and the last one kicking off at 5.30pm.

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