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This Summer’s Youth Football Diary

Last year's European Under 17 Championship winners, Holland

Your summer companion is finally here. If you’re into youth football and want to follow it throughout the summer keep these dates in your diary and keep here with The Youth Radar to experience the best coverage on the web of the world’s most exciting sport!

NextGen Series 

Before the summer comes around, The Youth Radar will have coverage of the semi finals and final of the NextGen Series. If you’re not familiar with the tournament, check out The Youth Radar’s guide to the NextGen Series! If you’re slightly more familiar you’ll know that Liverpool, Inter Milan, Marseille and Ajax are all left to battle it out for the first ever NextGen Series title. In the coming weeks we will be previewing the four remaining teams and provide the best coverage around of every game. This year’s tournament has been a huge success and we hope to see more of the same next season!

UEFA Under 17 European Championships

Slovenia host this year’s Under 17 European Championships, which begin on 4th May. The Elite Qualifying Round is yet to take place and has matched some tough games against each other, making way for a brilliant spectacle before the tournament has even started. England have been drawn against Spain in their Elite Qualifying Group, a potentially dangerous route out of the group but a very positive and rewarding one if England should make it. They will play their Elite Qualifying Round fixtures on 26th March against Ukraine in Georgia. Stay with The Youth Radar for the best coverage on England’s journey to the finals.

UEFA Under 19 European Championships

England will play host to their Elite Qualifying Round group at the end of May with teams searching for a place in Estonia for the finals on 3rd July. The England side recorded a convincing win against Czech Republic this week and have some strong players that really could make an impression at this tournament. Nathan Redmond is a huge talent for the Young Lions and will be looking to fire them to the finals. To get there though they will have to defeat Slovenia, Switzerland and Montenegro in their home country. The Youth Radar will be following them all the way.

OIympic Football

The Youth Radar will be bringing full coverage of this year’s Olympics. The tournament is an Under 23 championship with the option of some older players representing each team. It should make way for some interesting prospects to be given their chance on the big stage and also be an insight into how those that used to have all the potential have fulfilled it – or not in some unfortunate cases.

UEFA Under 21 European Championships Qualification

England take on Azerbaijan and Norway in their bid to reach the finals in 2013. They play in early September to finish their qualification campaign. Stuart Pearce’s side are the outright favourites to win the group and currently sit seven points clear of second-placed Belgium, who they beat on Wednesday night, 4-0.

AFC Under 19 Championship

The Youth Radar unfortunately gives very little coverage to our friends in Asia but that will soon change this summer. The AFC U19 Championship lies ahead and the 37th edition of the tournament will be taking place in the United Arab Emirates in November later this year. Japan, China and Australia are among those qualified but will also be joined by some underdogs such as Syria, Kuwait and Thailand.

As well as all this, keep up to date with The Youth Radar for all the latest news, fixtures, results and features in the world of youth football. We’ll have coverage of the Milk Cup and new this year we’ll see the Gothia Cup on the site. Exciting stuff!



About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.


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