Countdown to the biggest Cairns junior football event is on!


Cairns, are you ready for the biggest junior football event to happen to this city?
In an absolute first-of-its-kind 3-day football fest, elite players from all over Australia will come together for quality games and training and with a star-studded line-up of guest coaches, it’s in your best interest to black out that weekend so you can come check out not only the talent but genuine stars of football. And all this, in our own backyard.


April 14: One-day Advanced Camp
Where: Tiger Park, Edge Hill
Times: U10 + U11: 11am-1.30pm | U12 + U13/14: 2pm-4.30pm
With the following superstars headlining the camp, they will also be joined by other well regarded coaches to offer a multi-station, age appropriate, advanced training session where they’ll not only get up close and personal with professional footballers but effectively learn from the best in the biz.
– Johnny Warren Medalist, All White and A-League legend Shane Smeltz
– Former Ajax, FC Utrecht and Central Coast Mariners Champion Patrick Zwaanswijk
– Former Brisbane Roar player, Brisbane Roar Youth coach as well as Queensland state team coach Josh McLoughan
As well as our own
– Adelaide United Club Champion, Gold Coast United Coaches Player of the Year and FFA Honouree Zenon Caravella
April 15/16: Far North QLD Youth Cup
Where: West Barlow Park, Cairns
A high-level, fast and furious 7v7 format, this style of football is bound to showcase the very best in technical talent given it’s small sided format. With each team receiving a minimum of 7 x 30 minute games, every player participating will leave with very important football minutes and a truckload of priceless development in their locker.
We will also be welcoming Western Sydney Wanderers representative and current Head Youth Coach Arthur Diles as our special guest for the FNQ Youth Cup, who will be casting his eye on the talent on display – an immense opportunity for regional players in particular to shine.


300 players and 28 teams from all over the East Coast are coming to compete in this event, including Sydney academies Futboltec and Mongo Football, Brisbane academy Football Centre of Development, Mackay club Magpies Crusaders United, Townsville academy Go Full 90 (program deliverers of NQ United), Atherton academy AVS Football Academy as well as our own Cairns based academy, Caravella Football Academy, all whom boast some of their respective regions brightest talents.

Why the Far North QLD Youth Cup?

Some of the best coaching and talent is now in the academy football landscape and in most parts of Australia, happily co-exist with elite clubs for the betterment of the juniors. We are excited to showcase through the FNQ Youth Cup that it should only ever be about the football.

Get excited Cairns. Some serious talent is touching down the Far North very soon!

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