THE 2013 JOEYS Mini World Cup has plenty of incentives for the young players to excel when it begins at the end of September.
Tournament organiser Heinrich Haussler said this year’s tournament would have prizes totalling $40,000 going to the players.
“There are four fully paid 30-day playing and coaching trips to Germany for the best field players and a three-week trip for the best goalkeeper of the tournament to go to Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona,” Haussler said.
“There is $14,000 in prizes for the visiting parents to reward their commitment in bringing their kids to the tournament.”
These prizes include Adventure Tours, which will be held in January in and around the local area of Inverell.
Other major prizes include kayaks, tents and fishing gear.
There will also be more than $50,000 of merchandise given out to the players.
Haussler said the Joeys Adventure Tours had been set up to cater for players and their families before, during and after the Cup to provide a holiday apart from the football tournament.
“The Adventure Tours include kayaking, horse riding, archery, hiking, orienteering, fossicking and fishing,” he said.
Patron of the Joeys Mini World Cup is former Socceroos coach Rale Rasic.
He has been patron since its inception.
“He will be with us for the duration of this year’s tournament too,” Haussler said.
“Joeys FC United (NIF) hosts the tournament and the event is sanctioned by the Football Federation of Australia (FFA).
Haussler hopes 48 teams will contest this year’s Mini World Cup when it kicks off on September 30.
He started the Mini World Cup three years ago with 16 teams and has grown to 23 and last year’s 33.
A German team will compete this year while a New Zealand women’s team returns.