First V League multicultural round to be held

Launceston-based teams Northern Rangers and Launceston City will get in on the spirit of the round. Both clubs have several players born overseas featuring in their line-ups including South Korean Gukhyeon Kim, playing for City, and Rangers players Kenyan-born Yitay Towns and Irishman Ryan McCarragher. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Launceston-based teams Northern Rangers and Launceston City will get in on the spirit of the round. Both clubs have several players born overseas featuring in their line-ups including South Korean Gukhyeon Kim, playing for City, and Rangers players Kenyan-born Yitay Towns and Irishman Ryan McCarragher. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

THE diversity of Tasmanian soccer will be celebrated this weekend with the Victory League holding its first multicultural round.

A double header at KGV will feature multicultural entertainment and exotic food starting at 2pm.

The day will also feature a pre-game ceremony from followers of Buddhist leader Master Wang Xin De and half- time entertainment involving Bollywood dancing.

Football Federation Tasmania chief executive Richard Welsh said it was important to acknowledge the many cultures that make the sport so unique and special in Tasmania.

"The Victory League has attracted players from across the globe, with significant European, African and Asian representations within the eight top tier clubs," Welsh said.

Among the eight Victory League sides, more than 26 players have overseas backgrounds as diverse as Liberian, Irish, Nigerian, Ghanaian, South Korean, English and Swedish.

"We have some exciting players in our Victory League that were born outside of Australia and we see the flair and diversity that their different cultures bring to the game and that is something really exciting that football has on other codes, football really does speak all languages," Welsh said.

The double header kicks off with Kingborough Lions hosting Devonport City at 2pm and ladder leader South Hobart taking on Launceston City at 4.15pm.

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