HFS U14s to de­but in Youdan Tro­phy in UK

Muscat Daily - - WORLD - Ashok Puro­hit

Al Habsi Foot­ball School (HFS), which was launched in June last year, will make its de­but in Youdan Tro­phy, a tour­na­ment known to of­fer the most com­pet­i­tive in­ter­na­tional academy foot­ball in Eng­land.

The third edi­tion of Youdan Tro­phy for the U14s will be held in Sh­effield, UK, from July 31 to Au­gust 4. Led by HFS tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor, Andy Wat­son, the 18-mem­ber U14 team left for Lon­don on Satur­day.

HFS will take on Ever­ton in its opener on July 31 and has been clubbed in a five-team Group D along with Celtic, Sh­effield United and Su­pers­port United.

Af­ter its opener on Mon­day, it takes on Celtic and Su­pers­port on Tues­day be­fore con­clud­ing its group en­gage­ment on Wed­nes­day.

Ahead of the trip, Wat­son said, “This tour­na­ment will give the boys valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence while play­ing against some of the top clubs. It is our de­but and we hope the boys re­turn back with good mem­o­ries.”

This edi­tion fea­tures 20 teams in­clud­ing teams from top English Pre­mier League clubs like Man­ches­ter United and Crys­tal Palace.

More than 800 play­ers in U14 and U16 cat­e­gories will com­pete in the event.

The Youdan Tro­phy is com­mem­o­rat­ing the old­est foot­ball tour­na­ment in the world – the Foot­ball Chal­lenge Cup pre­sented by Thomas Youdan Esq that pre-dates the FA Cup by a full four years and was played only once at Bra­mall Lane in 1867. It was con­tested by 12 Sh­effield teams and won by Hal­lam FC.

Keith Hack­ett, di­rec­tor of tour­na­ment or­gan­is­ers You-Are-The-Ref.com said, “The line-up for the 2017 tour­na­ment has ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions – we’re ab­so­lutely thrilled with it.

“The Youdan Tro­phy is devel­op­ing into the big­gest and most pres­ti­gious tour­na­ment of its kind in the whole of Europe and we’re con­fi­dent it will be­come a glob­ally recog­nis­able Sh­effield brand in the com­ing years.”

U14 teams: Group A: Birm­ing­ham City, Charl­ton Ath­letic, Hous­ton Dynamo, Kawasaki Frontale, Sh­effield Wed­nes­day. Group B: ANB Fu­tol, Derby County, Rangers, Sun­der­land, Wat­ford.

Group C: Crys­tal Palace, Maiden City, Man­ches­ter United, Not­ting­ham For­est, Seat­tle Sounders.

Group D: Celtic, Ever­ton, Sh­effield United, Su­pers­port United, Al Habsi Foot­ball School.

The HFS U14 team along with the coach­ing staff at the Mus­cat In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Satur­day

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