Port Macquarie football players are putting on a strong display of football skills during the start of the Optus Seven Football Festival this week.
Teams from local clubs and Eastcoast Academy are taking on football academies from Forster, Grafton and Lismore at the Port Macquarie Hockey fields on September 30 and October 1.
Under 10's and under 11's teams have already played their matches on September 29. In the under 10's division, the Eastcoast Eagles become the series champions, the Boambee Jets were the runners up.
In the under 11's division, the North Coast Stingrays were crowned champions, the Eastcoast Eagles were runners up after a 3-2 penalty shoot out.
Under 12's coach Iuri Lage said the standard at the competition is extremely high at the competition.
"I try to keep them passing the ball and at this age they need confidence in themselves, the guy in front of them," he said.
"It's a long tournament, it's played all day and after three or four games they get tired. I tell them to focus on the counterattack so they can recover fast in attack.
"This tournament is good because there hasn't been any tournaments lately. It's good to see them back playing football and having fun.
"These kids are state level, representative level. Some of them have played for Australian football representative teams."
Matches for the under 12's and under 13's continue today, while the final day of competition will host under 14's and under 16's games on October 1.
High level coaches such as Solomon Islands National Mens coach Vinicius Leite, North Coast Academy Football head coach Renan Fenerich and Port Macquarie's Tony Judge will be in attendance.