V/Line Cup heads to Ballarat for 2024 | NEWS

V/Line Cup heads to Ballarat for 2024 | NEWS
V/Line Cup heads to Ballarat for 2024 | NEWS

AFL Victoria has announced that the city of Ballarat will host the 2024 V/Line Cup, the annual carnival for the best boys and girls under-15 footballers from regional Victoria.

The Goldfields region will welcome approximately 600 players and officials, as well as their families, for a three-day event when the 75th edition of the V/Line Cup takes place during AFL Grand Final week, Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 September.

Ballarat’s confirmation as host of the 2024 V/Line Cup comes weeks after V/Line committed to extending its long-standing support of the event and rural football in Victoria for a further three years.

The V/Line Cup consists of three divisions – two boys divisions and one girls division – with representative teams from seven regions, playing a total of 21 matches. Each team will compete in two matches during the carnival.

The City of Ballarat is supporting the event and is hosting the V/Line Cup for the first time, after the City of Greater Shepparton hosted the last three events (two separate events in 2022 and again in 2023).

The Ballarat community welcomes players and their families from across the state, with games played at iconic local venues including Mars Stadium, Marty Busch Oval and Learmonth Oval.

City of Ballarat Mayor Des Hudson said: “We are very excited to welcome the 2024 V/Line Cup to Ballarat and look forward to welcoming the best junior footballers from regional Victoria to our city.

“We believe we have the best sporting facilities in regional Victoria and that Ballarat is a true destination for sporting events.

“We look forward to welcoming approximately 600 participants and their families to our city, which will inject over $675,000 into the Ballarat economy.”

Greg Madigan, head of AFL Victoria, said: “The V/Line Cup is a highlight of the AFL Victoria calendar – a historic and important event for many of the best young footballers from regional Victoria.

“Bringing the event to Ballarat, a place with such a rich football history, beautiful facilities and a thriving community, will provide a fantastic experience for over 600 participants, officials and referees involved.

“We recently announced the extension of AFL Victoria’s long-standing partnership with V/Line, which has been in existence for 20 years, which is a key reason why we can continue to host this event.

“I would like to thank and congratulate the City of Ballarat for hosting the V/Line Cup and express my appreciation to V/Line for their continued and long-standing support of country footy in Victoria.”

Jonathan McKeown, acting CEO of V/Line, said: “It is fantastic that the 2024 event will be played in Ballarat, a strong football region that is also one of the key hubs in the V/Line network.

“We look forward to seeing the state’s young football stars play in Ballarat in September and are proud to continue to support this important event.”

All matches will be streamed live. More information will follow on the AFL Victoria website.

The event has a rich history dating back to 1949 when it was first won by Goulburn Valley, with a girls division first introduced in 2010. The 2024 edition will again feature boys and girls teams from:

  • Pioneers of Bendigo
  • Gippsland Energy
  • Goulburn Murray Rangers
  • North East Border Bushrangers
  • Rebels of Greater Western Victoria
  • Southeastern stingrays
  • Barwon cats

V/Line has proudly supported local football for almost twenty years. This tournament is an important part of the talent pathway system, giving participants the opportunity to showcase their skills in their ambition to be selected for the Coates Talent League teams in the future.