Johnny Warren Memorial Cup this weekend

The legacy of the late Johnny Warren continues to be felt and will be celebrated this weekend with the 19th edition of the Johnny Warren Memorial Cup (JWMC).

More than 750 players will converge on the ex-Socceroo skipper’s home town of Jamberoo on the south coast of NSW for the seven-a-side tournament.

The two-day even gets underway on Friday night, concluding late on Saturday evening.

This year’s tournament will take on extra special significance.

Not only is it another vital fundraiser for the Johnny Warren Football Foundation (JWFF) but it also marks the  formation of the Johnny Warren Community (#JWC).

Johnny’s nephew Jamie Warren says the JWC plays a huge role in recognising the contribution of thousands of football people who are concerned with improving the football culture and intelligence in Australia.

“The Johnny Warren Community plays a key role in continuing John’s football mission as it educates the younger generation about the history of the game,” Jamie said.

Johnny Warren being honoured with the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit alongside FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

“Also John’s passion for seeing football embraced in this country where it was once derided as being just a game for ‘Sheilas, wogs and poofters’, a second class citizen in Australia’s proud sporting arena.”

The JWC project - which started in August 2014 – has over 11,000 active members and has so far raised more than $15,000 for the JWFF.

The draw for the JWMC will be available later this week at