Abu Dhabi: Organizers of Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi Cup say the city is in for the most exciting event as the teams begin final preparations for the competition.
Last held in 2019, the tournament returned after the pandemic with an expanded format and more entertainment and activities around the pitches in Zayed Sports City.
Simon Hewitt, Tournament Director at City Football Schools and Senior Manager of Football Operations in the Middle East and North Africa, said the Abu Dhabi Cup was all about promoting the game and letting the players enjoy it.
He said: “The environment here provides an ideal place for young players to have fun, express themselves and make memories. The tournament format gives all players the opportunity to succeed and with this unique concept, we can’t wait to see To so many happy young players enjoying this beautiful game.”
He added: “With the participation of a large number of teams from all over the world, this tournament will provide opportunities for young players from different backgrounds and cultures to network and learn from each other, uniting them under the common bond of football. I look forward to To see all the young players from over 13 countries playing again in an international championship. Abu Dhabi as a destination and Manchester City will come together to offer this unique opportunity to all. Cheers to football!”
With 1,700 players from 13 countries participating in the 2023 Youth Football Championship, the world’s brightest young stars will travel to the UAE capital to compete for this year’s title.
Originally launched in 2017 to develop and inspire young footballers in the region, the Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup will be in its fourth edition this year, following its previous run in 2019.
Held at Zayed Sports City on 18-19 February, the tournament will give young players the chance to take on some of the best from around the world, with the winning team getting a once-in-a-lifetime visit to City Football City’s Manchester Academy.
In addition to all the exciting action on the pitch, the public will also enjoy some exclusive live entertainment and events at Urban Village. These experiences include performances by Freestyler Ammar Freez, special appearances by Manchester City mascots Moonbeam and Moonchester, as well as other activities such as ball pitching, face painting and more.