2024 NAIDOC Cup begins on Awabakal Land in Lake Macquarie

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Wednesday marks the start of the 2024 NAIDOC Cup, running from the 10-12 July on Awabakal Land at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.

Coinciding with NAIDOC Week, the tournament sees First Nations representative teams compete in a celebration of history, culture and football.

The three-day event incorporates cultural engagement activities before Football NSW U14 and U16 teams compete against Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) representatives on the 11th and 12th July.

View the full 2024 Football NSW NAIDOC Cup squads

In its third year of operation, Football NSW will be looking to make it a three-peat in 2024. Success on the field has been replicated off it, with Football NSW’s hosting of the expanded 2023 NAIDOC Cup, featuring over 150 First Nations participants, being awarded the  Inclusive Achievement of the Year Award by Sport NSW.

Football NSW Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator, Annabel Meadley, was delighted with the ongoing growth of the NAIDOC Cup initiative.

“We are thrilled to be participating in the third year of the NAIDOC Cup this week,” said Meadley

“The Cup provides a fantastic celebration of First Nations football and culture which mean a great deal to the participants involved.

“We were honoured to be receive Sport NSW’s Inclusion Achievement of the Year Award and are motivated to continue our work alongside the Football NSW Indigenous Advisory Group to develop and grow First Nations football initiatives.”

The NAIDOC Cup comes off the back of Football NSW’s Indigenous Round which was celebrated across the community on the 5-7 July 2024.


Wednesday, 10th July

  • 12:00pm: Welcome to Country + Opening Ceremony

Thursday, 11th July

  • 10:00am: U14 Girls (Game 1)
  • 11:55am: U14 Boys (Game 1)
  • 1:30pm: U16 Girls (Game 1)
  • 3:15pm:U16 Boys (Game 1)

Friday, 12th July

  • 9:00am: U14 Girls (Game 2)
  • 10:40am: U14 Boys (Game 2)
  • 12:20pm: U16 Girls (Game 2)
  • 2:00pm:U16 Boys (Game 2)
  • 3:45pm: Medal Ceremony / Cup presentation

All 2024 NAIDOC Cup matches can be streamed live and free on BarTV.

The 2024 NAIDOC Cup is supported by the NSW government through the $10 million NSW Football Legacy Program.