In what is a major win for local football, Northern Inland Football's best junior players will have the chance to test themselves against players from Newcastle and other premier league teams.
On Wednesday it was announced that NIF will next season field teams in the 13, 14, 15 and 16 year age groups in the Northern League One youth competition - the second-tier state competition
Northern Inland Football general manager Julia Farina said this is due to the commitment shown from NIF's technical team as well as the 100+ football players who have committed themselves to high performance football programs across the region.
"We are so excited about the opportunity for our youth teams to step up into the Northern League One and be able to play in a premier competition on a weekly basis," Farina said.
"It is the first step towards our ultimate goal of providing Northern Inland Football players a pathway into the National Premier League."
Northern Inland Football technical director Howard Stubbs echoed those sentiments.
"Over the past 12 months, in particular, we have been impressed with the level of skills that are in our zone, and the dedication and commitment that has been shown throughout 2019 by our high-performance players," Stubbs said.
"This announcement now confirms we have a clear pathway for our players, coaches and match officials to follow. Who knows? This may be the first move for local players to pursue their dreams of being the next Matilda or Socceroo."
An open/invitation only trial day will be held for interested players at the Riverside fields in Tamworth on September 8.