THE world’s first football culture festival will take place in November, organizers have announced.

The Wal Goch Festival for Football Lovers is launched in Wrexham with the support of the Football Association of Wales (FAW). The three-day celebration will take place from November 11-13 on the eve of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, in which Cymru will be one of 32 nations competing.

Festival organizers hope it will be ‘football’s answer to the Hay Festival’.

In a statement announcing the festival, FAW CEO Noel Mooney said: “Cymru is a movement that encompasses football, music, language, fashion and culture. The Wal Goch Festival for Football Lovers embodies our movement – built by our fans for our fans – to represent Cymru to the world.

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“Through this festival we can discuss our fan culture and our future as a leading nation in football.”

Mooney added: “Wrexham and North East Wales is the spiritual home of Welsh football and the North Walians make up a large part of our Wal Goch. The FAW was founded there in 1876; the first clubs emerged in the region; nowhere in the world has been hosting international football for longer than the racecourse.

“It is also the breeding ground for many legendary Welsh players from Chirk’s Billy Meredith, Mark Hughes of Ruabon, Ian Rush of Flint to current international, Neco Williams of Cefn Mawr.”

Russell Todd, of festival organizer and social enterprise Wal Goch Expo, said: “With Cymru qualifying for Qatar, 2022 will go down as one of Welsh football’s iconic years and it makes perfect sense to continue. ‘to host Wal Goch: Festival for Football Lovers in Wrexham, one of the UK’s newest towns and the birthplace of the game in Cymru’.

He continued: “We aim to embed the festival in and with the community and make it an annual event that will bring visitors and positive attention to Wrexham, building on its recent UK City of Culture app. Our ambition is to be football’s answer to The Hayfest”.

More information is expected via the festival website social media channels.

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