Charity soccer game raises over $20,000

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Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) last weekend held the first ever Australian 24-hour football match and in the process raised over $20,000 for victims of the Queensland floods.

Two teams of 11 players and reserves – about 80 players in total – battled horrendously hot and humid conditions to play continuously from kick-off at 4pm last Saturday until the match ended at 4pm the following day.

The final score saw the Orange team defeat the Yellow team 154 to 143, although scores were level with two hours left to play.

Former Socceroo Craig Foster played just over 90 minutes of the game as a special guest while fellow ex-Socceroo goalkeeper Mark Bosnich watched on.

“Over the last few weeks the damage caused by floods in Queensland has been horrific. Many communities have been devastated and some families have lost everything,” said Andrew Tilley, one of the organisers of the event.

“We had such a fantastic turnout, both in terms of players and spectators.”