Ris­ing stars take to foot­ball pitch

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

Auck­land’s top young foot­ballers will put their best feet for­ward when a new youth foot­ball tour­na­ment kicks off this week­end.

The Auck­land City FC Un­der-17 Youth Tour­na­ment launches at Avon­dale’s East­dale Park on March 30 for elite teams of young men and women from clubs through­out New Zealand.

One­hunga Sports, Three Kings, Waitem­ata and Cen­tral United will com­pete for the ti­tle.

Auck­land City FC chair­man Ivan Vuk­sich says the new an­nual tour­na­ment will give play­ers in the un­der-17 cat­e­gory some­thing to play for along­side the com­pe­ti­tions run­ning for the un­der-15 and un­der19 age cat­e­gories.

‘‘It meets an ob­vi­ous gap in the mar­ket.’’

Play­ers in this age group are im­por­tant in the devel­op­ment pipe­line of New Zealand foot­ball, he says.

The club has a strong track record in elite youth devel­op­ment and its team are the Na­tional Youth League cham­pi­ons.

With back­ing from the the New Zealand and Ocea­nia foot­ball fed­er­a­tions Auck­land City hopes to even­tu­ally open up the tour­na­ment to in­ter­na­tional teams.

Vuk­sich says the ground­work has al­ready been laid in dis­cus­sions with overseas clubs. He hopes a suc­cess­ful event in 2013 will sig­nal the chance to bring teams from Aus­tralia, the Pa­cific Is­lands and else­where to the com­pe­ti­tion from 2014.

The tour­na­ment runs from March 30 to April 1.


Su­per fast: The V8 Su­per­cars ITM 400 Auck­land cham­pi­onship is be­ing held at Pukekohe Park Race­way from April 12 to 14.

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