The inaugural Cheryl Salisbury Cup will be played over four days at Football NSW headquarters, Valentine Sports Park from the 15th to 18th July 2008.
For this inaugural year, the competition will involve teams from the Women?s Premier and Super League competitions, two Country Representative teams from the Western and Southern Branches and two Association club teams.
Cheryl Salisbury was an easy choice for the naming of this new tournament as the current Qantas Matildas Captain and the highest capped player (male or female) with 113 appearances and the highest international goal scorer of all time with 29 goals.
Cheryl is also the only Australian to have played in every senior women?s FIFA event in which Australia has competed, is the only Australian to have competed in three World Cup teams and scored the Matilda?s first ever goal at the Olympic Games.
Cheryl was very pleased to have this tournament named in her honor and said, ?I am very happy that Football NSW have seen fit to recognize me and women?s football in this way.
?I look forward to a long association with Football NSW and this new and exciting tournament.?
The Chairman of Football NSW, Dr Jim Forrest was very keen to acknowledge a well known and recognized female senior player to be associated with this tournament.
Dr Forrest said, ?Cheryl Salisbury?s outstanding record as our most capped Australian national player makes her an obvious selection for this honor, as indeed we are honored by her acceptance.”
Football NSW is looking to extend this competition in future years, with confirmed entries for 2009 being received from Riverina Branch, Northern NSW Football and Capital Football.