THOUSANDS of kids across Tasmania celebrated the end of the 2021 soccer season with a gala day of football played on 21 fields.

The Hobart Cup was the culmination of the season in the south of the state for players in age groups from under eights to under 16s.

More than 1,800 players participated in 540 games in mixed and girls only competitions, with each tema playing a minimum of four games.

There were no ladders or winners for the under eight to under 12s competitions, while under 13 to under 16s was a bit more competitive with each league winner receiving a set of Nike jerseys.

Hobart Cup organiser Victoria Morton said because of the non-competitive nature of the day, there were many entries from schools and club both small and large.

“Keeping children engaged in sport ensures life-long friendship and fitness,” she said.

“Team sport teaches cooperation and culture.

“The love of the world game in Tasmania was there for all to see at the Hobart Cup and we look forward to another brilliant event in 2022.”

Mount Nelson Primary School was one primary school team that competed, with all players having a fun day out.

“The Hobart Cup was fantastic and the best way to spend the weekend playing soccer with your mates and enjoying it,” Mount Nelson under 11 Sharks player Rodney said.

“The non-stop soccer was amazing and all the teams we played just seemed to enjoy the weekend and not take it too seriously,” Mount Nelson under 11 Sharks player Jericoh said.

“I really enjoyed the opportunity to play again before the season was over and I got to meet heaps of new people and all round it was a great experience,” Mount Nelson under 11 Sharks player Noah said.

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