Soccer: Lismore misses out on trial
AFTER three years of hosting an A-League soccer trial, Lismore has missed out on a pre-season match in 2015.
"It's been fantastic over the past three years to host A-League football, which the community has thoroughly enjoyed and supported," Lismore Tourism and Events manager Mitch Lowe said.
"This year we had three A-League clubs wanting to come to Lismore for a pre-season match, however differing schedules proved a challenge in gettingtwo teams locked in."
Lowe said the FFA Cup was a fantastic competition, providing a great opportunity for soccer clubs all over the country to compete against A-League opposition.
It did, however, provide challenges for regions wanting to host pre-season games.
He said the uncertainty of whether teams would progress through the knockout rounds and the uncertainty of where teams would play - anywhere from Melbourne to Perth - made it difficult to lock in pre-season games in August and September.
"Melbourne City is a big supporter of Lismore and has indicated its intention to come back in the near future," Lowe said.
"We are confident the community will see A-League football again in 2016.
"Our facilities have received strong praise but overall it has been the extremely strong support of the football, business and broader community that made A-League in Lismore possible.
"Many of the clubs have commented on how welcoming the locals have been."
Football Far North Coast general manager Steve Mackney is confident Lismore remains on the radar of various A-League clubs.
"Lismore has proven its capacity to host A-League fixtures and deliver most things that professional players and clubs require," he said.
"The increasingly global market now allows clubs like Melbourne City to pick and choose venues all around the world and also creates more demand on their already tight schedule.
"Although they have expressed great satisfaction with their experiences in Lismore, we understand that opportunities exist elsewhere and such is the case in 2015."