The NextGen Series, the exciting European competition showcasing football’s finest young stars, has today confirmed Chelsea FC has signed up to the tournament for the next three years.
Chelsea is the first new Club to be announced, with seven more clubs set to sign up in the coming weeks as the tournament expands from 16 to 24 teams. They join some of Europe’s most elite teams, including Barcelona, Manchester City, Inter Milan and Liverpool.
The tournament has proven to be a huge success in its first year, providing Europe’s finest youth talent with a solid platform on which to hone their skills in a competitive international environment.
Commenting on Chelsea’s participation in next season’s NextGen Series, Justin Andrews, the tournament’s co-founder said: “We are delighted Chelsea are joining us for Season 2 of the tournament. They have a great reputation across the world, and their interest in the tournament is testament to the success of our inaugural year. We look forward to welcoming them to NextGen.”
Neil Bath, Academy Manager at Chelsea, said; “We are delighted to be one of the 24 teams competing in next season’s NextGen Series. We’ll be up against some stiff competition but it will be interesting to see how we compete against the top European sides – the experience will be invaluable for the boys.”
The Semi finals of the competition kicked off on Wednesday at the newly built Langtree Park Stadium for Liverpool FC vs. AFC Ajax. The following week sees Inter Milan face off against Marseille at Brentford’s Griffin Park, with the winner of both games facing off in the inaugural NextGen Series Final at Leyton Orient on Sunday March 25th.