Inaugural NNSW Women's League Cup draw conducted

Northern NSW Football have conducted the draw for its inaugural NNSW Women's League Cup.

The NNSW Women's League Cup will offer more football for NPL Women’s NNSW clubs and another chance to win a trophy.

The eight NPLW NNSW clubs will be drawn against each other in the quarter-finals to be played on the Easter long weekend, with the semi-finals to follow midweek between 15 and 19 May. The final will be played on the weekend of 5-6 August during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

All teams at each club including under-13s, 15s, 17s, reserve grade and first grade teams will feature in their own competition.

In the quarter-final draw conducted on Tuesday, Mid Coast FC will host Maitland FC, Newcastle Olympic will welcome Adamstown Rosebud JFC, Broadmeadow make the short trip to face New Lambton while Warners Bay travel to Charlestown to face Azzurri.

NNSWF General Manager Football Operations Liam Bentley said the additional cup competitions were about giving players more opportunities to play more competitive football.

“If you ask footballers what is the absolute best part of football, I think most would say the enjoyment and excitement of winning something, whether that be a trophy or competition, with their mates,” Bentley said.

“We want to provide more competitive football for our premier players and give them a chance to celebrate winning more competitions and tournaments with their teammates and for their clubs.

“The NNSW Women’s League Cup will compliment the NNSWF Women’s State Cup and Community Plate. While the Women’s State Cup will remain unchanged with premier and community clubs able to compete against each other, the NNSW Women’s League Cup will provide our premier clubs another opportunity to play competitive football and win something.

“With the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 to be played at home this year, it’s important that we continue to offer our best female players more opportunities.”

The NNSWF Women’s State Cup and Community Plate for premier and community clubs will remain unchanged. It will be played on the weekend of 7-9 July.