Newcastle starts countdown to 2015 AFC Asian Cup with celebration in Wheeler Place

NEWCASTLE marked the one-year countdown until it hosts the AFC Asian Cup with a special celebration in Wheeler Place on Sunday.

More than 300 coloured-coded soccer balls were let loose in the city centre, which were nabbed by local residents.

Several of the balls were earmarked to win prizes and tickets to games. A television audience of up to 700 million people in 80 countries is expected to watch the AFC matches.