Monday 11 February 2019
Dubai welcomes last leg of nationwide pro scouting tournament du Football Champions
Dubai, UAE, 11 Feb 2019 – du Football Champions, in partnership with LaLiga, kicked off the final leg of the nationwide tournament, home of the official UAE Schools and Streets Cups, on Saturday, with over 150 teams registered to play from across Dubai tournament.
“It’s great to see over 1,000 youth from across Dubai come out to play football, the game they love, and chase their dreams for football careers. du is delighted to witness the continued growth of the youth football community through du Football Champions tournament and du Talent online community. We are committed to continue to develop their skill and growing the sport among young people across the nation,” said Abdulwahed Juma EVP Brand and Communications at du.
The first week saw most teams in the UAE Schools and Streets Cups come with full cheering sections, including drums and whistles, with many keen to increase their scouting chances through connecting online on du Talents. From the blow of the very first whistle, it was made very clear, which were the teams to watch. Dubai English Speaking College (DESC), who have participated in the UAE Schools Cup since 2015, have come in with guns blazing registering teams in U12, U14 and U16. “We are in it to win it this year,” asserted Paul Barrat, DESC Head Coach. Having reached the UAE Finals Day in previous years, but losing out to other teams, including British rival school, Abu Dhabi’s British School Al Khubairat, DESC is determined to make du Football Champions history this year. Boys U12 and U14 cleared their respective groups winning all their matches conceding no goals between them. In U12, DESC were followed closely by LaLiga Sevilla who conceded only one goal in their group.
Other teams to keep an eye on going forward are El Classico from Group A (UAE Streets Cup 2015 Champions) who are now serious contenders for the U18 category. U18s Al Baloushi take Group C and may join their U16s in the UAE Semifinals if they continue their clean sheet winning streak through the knockout stage. Streets U14s Al Rigga and Streets U16s Sharjah Scout Academy are both looking strong having qualified for the Dubai knockout stage.
The tournament format follows the World Cup format with a group stage and knockout round in each region, followed by the National Semi Finals and Finals. Group stage matches for any given team are played all in one day.
“We witnessed another exciting Dubai leg of du Football Champions. It was a long day for our young players, with a three game/day format during the group stages, but football is not just about moments of talent and glory. It’s about leadership, teamwork, commitment, strength and stamina,” said Fernando Sanz, General Director, LaLiga MENA. “We are excited to uncover talent in Dubai to join the du LaLiga High Performance Center. Our team of scouts will be on the lookout not only for players who have talent and trainability, but also who have the stamina to last and play at their best over several games,” he continued. “And we have already seen some spectacular players coming out of Dubai over the last few season,” added Sanz.
Meanwhile, players can continue to show their skills on du Talents, the Middle East’s first digital scouting platform where they can build their online profile and take fun challenges winning prizes and the chance to be scouted.
Stay connected via du Talents, the Middle East’s 1st Digital Scouting Talent Platform allowing footballers to be discovered. Join now and be discovered! https://talent.dufc.ae/
About du Football Champions
du Football Champions is a nationwide initiative featuring the UAE’s official Schools Cup and Streets Cup and is the only international youth football scouting platform in partnership with LaLiga. Conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Dubai Sports Council, Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Sharjah Sports Council, du Football Champions aims to achieve sustainable human development through the discovery of promising talents, who will raise the bar on sports excellence at local and national levels as they aim to become the next generation of professional male and female footballers.
Played to world-class standards, the Cups are conducted at a national level and played in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The Championship is open to boys and girls aged 10-17 and will pave the way for youth to cultivate their sporting talents and aptitudes by enabling them to participate either through their school or together with their friends.
To register your school or for sponsorship opportunities visit: www.dufc.ae
Full games results are posted on www.dufc.ae
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