THE world's first ever festival of football culture will take place in November, its organisers have announced.

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

Organisers of the festival hope that it will be "football's answer to the Hay Festival".

In a statement announcing the festival, Noel Mooney, the CEO of the FAW said: "Cymru is a movement that spans football, music, language, fashion & culture. 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 football nation".

Mooney added, "Wrexham and north east Wales is the spiritual home of Welsh football and North Walians are a huge 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’s also been the breeding ground for many legendary Welsh players from Chirk’s Billy Meredith, Mark Hughes from Ruabon, Ian Rush from Flint right through to current international, Neco Williams from Cefn Mawr".

Russell Todd, of festival organiser and social enterprise Wal Goch Expo said "With Cymru qualifying for Qatar, 2022 will go down as one of the iconic years for Welsh football and it makes perfect sense to host Wal Goch: Festival for Football Lovers in Wrexham, one of the UK's newest cities and which is the cradle of the game in Cymru".

He continued, "We aim to embed the festival in and with the community and make it a yearly event that will bring visitors and positive attention to Wrexham, building on its recent UK City of Culture application. Our ambition is to be football’s answer to The Hay Festival".

More information is expected via the festival's social media channels.

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