Liverpool has plenty of support in Lismore
EARLY tomorrow morning, Far North Coast soccer players will be glued to the TV for the UEFA Champions League final as the Lismore Liverpool FC International Academy players and coaches cheer on their club.
Liverpool will take on Real Madrid in the final in front of a crowd of 70,000 in Kiev and an estimated TV audience of around 180 million fans around the world.
Lismore has a special interest this year with it being the first time Liverpool have made the final since the creation of Australia's only Liverpool FC program in partnership with Lismore's Southern Cross University in 2017.
Academy general manager Scott Collis says this year will be a special final for academy players.
"We now have almost 250 players and coaches at the academy each week with sessions run every night of the week at various levels. I expect everyone will be up early on Sunday morning,” Collis said.
Collis says the Liverpool International Academy program is about bringing the club closer to fans around the world.
"Liverpool Football Club is the world's greatest football family,” he said. "Our coaches deliver a program that is absolutely authentic to the club's philosophy and methodology.”
In Far North Coast men's premier league today, Lismore Thistles host South Lismore and Byron Bay is at home against Goonellabah.
Alstonville played Lennox Head last night and Bangalow takes on Richmond Rovers tomorrow.