26 Nov Champions Of Champions
Schoolboy football’s elite teams have been challenged to prove who is the best team in the country with the creation of the new Champions of Champions Cup.
DB Sports Tours, who are behind the exciting underage tournament which would see the Under-13, Under-14 and Under-15 top-flight league winners from 24 leagues across the country compete for the title of Ireland’s best.
The tour operator has enjoyed success with it’s exciting Champions Cup tournament, which sees the SFAI National Cup winners compete with their Northern Ireland Schoolboys League counterparts every December.
The first two editions of that particular competition have made the third instalment in two months time an exciting prospect as DDSL clubs look to maintain their dominance.
However, organisers DB Sports want to go one better and believe a battle of the league winners would be even more competitive.
With invites going to leagues in the coming weeks, plans are for a May draw – once titles have been decided – to set in stone fixtures for 24-team tournaments across the three age groups at the AUL Complex in Dublin on the weekend of July 24th-26th.
Each tournament will comprise of six groups of four teams, with 16 qualifying for the knockout stages and eight going into the Shield section.
DB Sports Tours Managing Director, David Berber, who also created popular small-sided games tournaments like the Easter Cup, run annually in Manchester, and the newer Dublin-based Summer Cup is excited about the venture.
“The Champions Cup has been a huge success and i know the clubs involved this year are excited about competing for the title, but this will be even bigger and better,” he admits.
“It is most people’s opinions that winning a top-flight league is a lot more difficult than winning a cup – even a national one – so what better way to see whose the best out of all the league winners.
“Elite schoolboys players are naturally ambitious and competitive, but most importantly the variety of competition in this tournament will be unique.”