As many sports participation numbers decline, the Northern Tasmanian Junior Soccer Association are enjoying an increase as their season kicked off last Friday night.
Opening with more than 250 matches across the weekend, teams played in shortened format seeding games, enabling the association to grade each team and put them in their best placed division.
As the seeding games progress towards Easter and in the week following, the NTJSA has approximately 2000 players registered across their clubs with a record number of teams representing the clubs from under-6s through to under-16s.
After the biggest opening weekend he can remember, NTJSA operations manager Dale Rigby said that soccer is growing due to its accessibility within Northern Tasmania.
"It's quite inclusive. There are lots of divisions and thanks to that we are able to match abilities to provide closer games," Rigby said.
"We also provide social divisions, for those giving it a first try or just having a bit of fun, or higher, more competitive divisions for those who take the game a bit more seriously."
Feeding into the National Premier League Tasmania and the Northern championship, the NTJSA was the starting ground for Australian under-23 and Melbourne City representative Nathaniel Atkinson, who played his junior career at Riverside Olympic prior to his mainland move.
Also headlining the weekend was a one-off trial session on Sunday for available spots in the under-14 boys representative team.
The selected team will represent the North at a variety of events around the state and travel to the Shepparton Cup in October.