The contrasting delights of Vanuatu and Devonport will provide the season curtain-raisers for NPL Tasmania's two Launceston teams.
Launceston City and Riverside Olympic both face hectic schedules of friendlies on Saturday before getting their delayed seasons underway with cup commitments on July 11 followed by their opening league fixtures on July 18.
The main event of an action-packed day at Prospect Park on Saturday will be City's Northern Championship 1 side, coached by Wayne Wager, playing a friendly against Vanuatu Warriors FC.
The club's vice-president and NPL team manager Danny Linger hoped the match would provide an exotic flavour to proceedings.
"It should be a great lead in to the season," Linger said. "They will be bringing many of their own supporters and are very passionate with plenty of noise."
The day will begin with matches against Olympia's Southern Championship and NPL Tasmania sides before the South Pacific showdown.
The bar will be open with new fire pots promising a warm welcome while Lindsay Millington's legendary pizza oven should prove as popular off the pitch as the defender's set-piece aerial prowess on it.
"We're still scrambling to get some things sorted but we've put a lot of work into our return to training and working with Meander Valley Council to get access to grounds," Linger added. "It's been a steep climb for our hard-working volunteers."
Nearly four months after they were due to begin their campaign against Kingborough, City's NPL Tasmania outfit is itching to get the season underway.
New coach Roger Hardwicke is excited to see how English imports and housemates Sam Ridgard and Rob Gerrard will gel on the pitch and although their compatriot Louis Anthony headed back to the UK when COVID-19 hit, the club has since picked up Gediminas Krusa as its third import.
The Lithuanian midfielder played an integral part in Devonport's historic FFA Cup win against Northcote City in 2018 before leaving the club later that season.
Meanwhile, Riverside's players will be travelling en masse up the Bass Highway for a series of six fixtures against Devonport at Valley Road.
The under-18s will play at 10am, reserves and women at midday, under-16s at 2pm, NPL sides at 2.15pm and Northern Championship at 4.30pm.
Like City, Olympic's prospects will rely heavily on a couple of housemate imports with Argentinean holding midfielder Luca Vigilante and Spanish playmaker Nil Sanz hoping to speak the same language on the pitch for Alex Gaetani's men.
Saturday, July 11, has been devoted to cup competitions and the Lakoseljac Cup will see Launceston City host Devonport and Launceston United welcome South Hobart to Birch Avenue while Riverside and Northern Rangers travel to University and Glenorchy respectively.
In the women's statewide cup, Riverside plays Metro at Windsor Park while Launceston City and Northern Rangers meet at Prospect.
Under-20 cup ties include Glenorchy v Launceston City, Kingborough v Northern Rangers and Clarence Zebras v Riverside.
Although Football Tasmania is yet to release the new fixtures for 2020, most can be found on websites.sportstg.com.
Both Northern Championships will be eight-team competitions while the reserves will have a bye following Northern Rangers' withdrawal.
The opening round of NC fixtures for both genders on July 18 will be Riverside v Devonport, Northern Rangers v Launceston United, Somerset v Launceston City and Ulverstone v Burnie.
Riverside also host Devonport in NPL Tasmania while City travel to South Hobart.