Southern United's quest to connect better with the Football South Federation has led to a gala football day today at the ILT Turf at Turnbull Thomson Park, Invercargill.
Previously, the Federation team in the ASB national premiership competition went under the Otago United banner but the name has now switched to Southern United to better promote the fact it represents Timaru south.
Football Southland development officer Ken Cresswell said Southern United officials were looking at more ways to spread the word through the region hence today's fixture in Invercargill.
Southern United will play the Southland men's team at 3pm.
Cresswell was delighted officials were willing to make the name change and enact other measures to incorporate the likes of Southland.
"I think it's a real positive move," he said.
Today was also a chance for Southland's leading players to gauge themselves against players at national league level, Cresswell said.
Southern United will play two competition games at Rugby Park in Invercargill this season, taking on Canterbury on December 1 and New Zealand under-20 on February 24.
Two other games will be played today at the ILT Turf.
An Otago under-20 selection team takes on a Southland/Central Otago under-20 selection at 12pm.
The game will be used as a chance for selectors to have a look at potential players for the Southern United Youth side this season.
At 1.30pm the Southland under-17 girls team takes on a Southland women's selection.
For the u-17s team, the game is preparation for the South Island tournament in Methven next month.
- The Southland Times