A JUNIOR representative tour to South Korea is being viewed as an opportunity to showcase Tasmania as a soccer destination.
Football Federation Tasmania is taking an under-12 team to take part the prestigious Asian tournament and chief executive John Boulous believes the trip is a great chance to sell the state.
"I will be actively engaging with our Korean counterparts to express our interest and willingness to host Korean national teams for training camps, as well as set up reciprocal relationships that allow Tasmania and South Korea to share experiences in football," he said.
With the 2015 Asian Cup to be hosted in Australia, Boulous believes Tasmania has a lot to offer a travelling international team.
"This trip will give us a chance to build relationships and illustrate our enthusiasm to host teams for practice matches as well as provide a possible training base for the 2015 Asian Cup."
Beginning on Friday, the week-long Gyeongju international youth tournament brings together 20 teams from 12 nations to compete in a mini- world cup setting.
The tournament will see Tasmania thrown into a mixing pot of cultures and soccer nations from all over the world. The Tasmanian representative side is in a group of five along with BCC from Thailand, Sporting Lisbon from Portugal, Nara City from Japan and FC Nitra from Slovakia.
Tasmania coach Anthony Alexander says the trip will be a phenomenal experience for the young Tasmanian soccer players.
"This is a great opportunity and experience for the players and their development as footballers," he said.
"By playing football against teams from other countries, the players will learn to play against different styles of football and different levels of technical ability."