The Christchurch International Cup has come to an end, with the U9 – U12 tournament being played over the weekend. After a very successful first weekend where the best U13 and U14 teams of the country competed for the title, a very entertaining weekend followed, with teams from Australia coming down to the Christchurch Football Centre.
The second weekend of the Christchurch International Cup 2017 attracted over 750 football players to Christchurch, all having the dream to become as good as their idols. With 60 teams competing to be the best team in their age group, the quality of the games was a very high standard.
Tournament director Ricardo Felitti, said the size of the tournament has increased a lot since the first edition of the Christchurch International Cup, ‘It’s amazing to see how many teams and players came down to the Christchurch Football Centre over the two weekends. It is very good for all players to play games against teams all over the country and from other countries. The Christchurch International Cup is all about developing young players, but at the same time it’s great to see how competitive teams are.’
The second tournament ran over 3 days, with the semi-finals and the finals being played on Sunday.
The All Stars Academy (Tauranga) had a very successful U9 tournament, after winning a close semi-final against Christchurch United, going on to win the final against Ferrymead Bays, another Christchurch based side: All Stars Academy 4-0 Ferrymead Bays.
The U10 tournament saw a South Island final, with Coastal Spirit beating FC Nelson: 1-0. FC Nelson had a lot of teams head down over the two weekends and overall did very well with all their teams.
Australian side Mongo made it to the final in the U11 tournament, in which Western Springs (Auckland) was the opponent. After an entertaining game and a 2-1 win, the Auckland side lifted the cup at the prizegiving.
The U12 final saw Nomads United (Christchurch) facing Eastern Suburbs (Auckland), with the Eastern Suburbs dominating the tournament from the first day. Although Nomads United made it a hard game for Eastern Suburbs, they could not prevent the Auckland side from winning the tournament.
Tournament director, Felitti added, ‘We are really happy with the way things have gone during both tournaments and it has been an extremely hectic week, and hoping the weather would hold off long enough for our tournament to go on. Having these fantastic facilities at the Christchurch Football Centre definitely saved us. We really hope all players, coaches, fans and everyone else involved had a good experience and will come back for the next edition.’
With over 1000 football players and over 80 teams from all over New-Zealand and Australia coming down to Christchurch, the second edition of the Christchurch International Cup has been doubled from last year’s first edition, which makes it one of the biggest youth tournaments in New-Zealand.