The 2023 edition of the youth football tournament features 1,700 players representing more than 13 countries.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Organisers of the Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup say the city is set for the most exciting edition of the tournament yet as teams begin final preparations for the competition.
Last played in 2019, the event returns after the pandemic featuring an expanded tournament format and more entertainment and activities around the pitches at Zayed Sports City.
Simon Hewitt, Tournament Director and Senior Manager Football Operations MENA for City Football Schools, said the ethos of the Abu Dhabi Cup is to promote both competition and allow players to enjoy themselves.
He said: “The environment provides an ideal setting for young players to have fun, express themselves and make memories. The format of the tournament gives all the players the chance to be successful and with this unique concept, we can’t wait to see so many happy young players enjoying the beautiful game.”
“With the large number of teams from across the world participating, the tournament will give young players from diverse backgrounds and cultures the chance to interact and learn from each other, all united under the common bond of football.
“I am looking forward to seeing all the young players from over 13 countries playing football again in an international tournament,” Hewitt said. “Abu Dhabi as a destination and Manchester City will come together and provide this unique opportunity for all to enjoy. Bring on the football!”
The 2023 edition of the youth football tournament features 1,700 players representing more than 13 countries, with the world’s brightest young stars heading to the capital of the UAE vying to be crowned this year’s champions.
Originally launched in 2017 with the aim of developing and inspiring young football players in the region, the Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup will return this year for its fourth edition after last being held in 2019.
The tournament will be held over the weekend of Feb.18-19, 2023 at Zayed City Sports Stadium, an iconic landmark in Abu Dhabi and the largest multi-purpose sports venue in the UAE.
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