FOOTBALL Mid North Coast is one of 20 club teams from across Northern NSW to nominate for the inaugural NNSWF Women’s State Cup competition.

This will be played at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility on September 23 and 24.

Football Mid North Coast plays in the Herald Premier League, where the side is holding down fourth place.

Five teams from the regional areas have signed up to compete and NNSWF is hoping that after the inaugural year, it will attract more female sides from throughout Northern NSW.

The competition is a possible stepping stone for a National Women’s FFA Cup as States across Australia move to align their Premier Women’s Competition with the PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues (NPL) format.

The men’s State Cup, which was introduced in 2012, transitioned into the nationwide competition that is now the Westfield FFA Cup in 2015, including PS4 NPL teams as well as Hyundai A-League teams.

The establishment of the Women’s State Cup was a strategic initiative for Northern NSW Football in the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan which outlines Northern NSW Football’s aim to be a leading organisation for females.

Events like this provide more opportunities for women to enjoy the sport and move towards ensuring that the opportunities for females reflect those that are currently available for male players.

The official draw for the inaugural NNSWF Women’s State Cup will take place LIVE on Friday, July 28 at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.

Sides involved are Football Mid North Coast, Mayfield United, Thornton Redbacks, Lambton Jaffas, Wallsend, South Wallsend, Adamstown Rosebuds, Urunga, Merewether, Warners Bay, Weston Workers, University of Newcastle, Cook’s Hill, Garden Suburb, Barnsley United, Northern Inland Football (Armidale), Northern Inland (Tamworth), Dudley-Redhead and New Lambton.

“We are very excited about the prospect of competing against some of the best women's teams in Northern NSW,” a Football Mid North Coast spokesman explained.

 "This tournament will be a great showcase for women's football and we did not want to miss out on such an event." 

"It will be a great opportunity to display the talent that we have in the area.”

Meanwhile Football Mid North Coast will tackle Wallsend on Sunday in round 19 of the Herald Women’s Premier League.

Matches will be played at The Gardens.