5 international football tournaments which promote young talent
The FIFA U-17 World Cup is set to be hosted by India in 2017, and the biennial tournament will be the first time that the peninsular country will host an international level football competition. En route to the preparation of the World Cup, India is set to host the BRICS U-17 cup in April next year, which will be played at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi.Five nations who are part of the BRICS economic block. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will send their U-17 football teams for the tournament, with Delhi Dynamos U-17 team being the sixth participant. This will be an annual competition which will coincide every year with the BRICS summit and aims at promoting youth talent in the six countries.There is no shortage of such tournaments around the world, with European powerhouses like Bayer Munich, Manchester United and Barcelona regularly conducting such Youth Cups to play their part in the upliftment of the game of football.We take a look at five other similar tournaments whose objectives are to help the young players showcase their talent in front of the world and give them a chance to make it big.
#1 Bayern Munich Youth Cup
The Bayern Munich Youth Cup is organised by the German club and their partner Adidas. The tournament is an U-17, 7-a-side affair and school teams from Germany, Japan, USA, Thailand, Austria, Italy, India and China take part.
The club first conducts inter-school tournaments in the participant countries from where the top 10 players are picked to travel to Munich and are presented with a chance to represent their nation in the competition. India has a been part of the competition since 2014 when schools from around Delhi participated.
The 2016 edition of the Bayern Munich Youth Cup will see schools from New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore take part in the Indian leg. Along with selecting 10 players to represent India, the winning team will be given a chance to visit the Allianz Arena, the home of Bayern Munich, and witness a Bundesliga match unfold.
The Youth Cup World Finals will be played in Munich in May 2016.