By Nick Graeber-Browne
The inaugural Kanga Cup tournament was held in Sydney 1991 with a modest attendance of just 35 teams.
In 1993, the Kanga Cup was held in Canberra for the first time, and the nation’s capital has been home to the tournament ever since. The tournament has grown in stature since its humble beginnings, with 378 teams competing in the 2017 tournament far exceeding the 35 teams that took part in the original campaign.
The Kanga Cup invites teams to participate from U/9s right through to U/18s, with matches held across Canberra and the surrounding region. The tournament has seen entries from clubs, schools, academies, associations and community groups, just one example of its rich diversity.
The week of football is a cultural melting pot, with teams from all six Football Confederations taking part over the years, making it a truly international tournament. Young people participating are given the opportunity to play football, make friends and experience different cultures all in the space of a week.
The Kanga Cup has come a long way over the years, and is only getting bigger and better as time goes on, so don’t miss out on this year’s edition of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest international youth football tournament, and register your team now!