The Future Champions tournament is back and Gauteng is the host of this year’s tournament in South Africa.
The tournament is already well underway and the talent on show at this year’s tournament is some of the best youth talent in the world.
The tournament is for Under 17 teams across all five continents and includes teams such as Aspire Academy from Qatar, Atletico Mineiro of Brazil and PSV Eindhoven of Holland.
Manchester United and Juventus were among the sides that took part in the tournament last year but were unable to cope with the demanding heat conditions in Brazil. PSV Eindhoven seem not to be affected by this as they play in South Africa with charm and confidence in their football that is making them one of the favourites for the tournament.
They join Nacional, K Stars and Atletico Mineiro in the semi-final this evening which will determine the two sides that will contend for the Championship.
The tournament consists of four groups of three teams where each side plays three games in order to determine the positioning within their group. Every team moves forward to qualify for the semi-finals or play in a play off match. Each team will eventually earn a position from first place to twelfth place in order to give them the maximum playing time possible.
Playing for long periods of time in unbearable heat is key for their development at this age. It will give them invaluable experience and teach them how to play against different footballing cultures in varying temperatures to aid their development.
Nacional are currently taking the tournament by storm as they scored nine goals in their opening three games whilst only conceding two.
After a great result in last year’s Milk Cup, Aspire will contend for seventh and eighth place against either Orlando Pirates or Young Zebras.
The Youth Radar will bring coverage of the Future Champions tournament via Twitter and the website, so keep updated!