Foyle Cup Tournament, Northern Ireland

The Foyle Cup is a prestigious annual youth soccer tournament hosted in Derry City, County Derry, Northern Ireland. It holds the distinction of being one of Ireland’s and Europe’s premier youth competitions. Each year, it attracts an impressive array of over 400 participating teams.

Internationally Renowned Teams

The tournament’s inception dates back to 1992 when only eight teams participated. Since then, it has evolved into a crucial event in Northern Ireland, providing a platform for the region’s young soccer talents to shine. The Foyle Cup has witnessed the involvement of renowned academy teams such as Werder Bremen, IFK Göteborg, FC Dallas, Celtic FC, Fulham FC, Norwich City, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Aberdeen FC, and Ferencvaros.

Soccer in County Derry

In recent years, teams from the U.S. and Canada have also joined the competition, enhancing its international reputation. It’s recognized for catapulting young players toward professional contracts, and in 2003, former Republic of Ireland player and Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn inaugurated the tournament.

Foyle Cup Tournament Information


Dates July, 15th to July 20th, 2024

Age Categories

Boys: Under 8s to Boys Under 19s

Girls: Under 9, Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 & Senior


Each team is guaranteed a minimum of four matches, comprising three bracket games and a knockout match based on your team’s performance, determining your path in the tournament (cup, shield, plate, bowl).

Previous Teams

Celtic FC, Aberdeen FC, Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Patrick Thistle FC, Motherwell FC & Many others

What's Included in The Foyle Cup Tournament


University Dorms, 3 or 4 star hotel or similar in Dublin & Derry/Donegal


Breakfast each day, with the option to add dinner


All ground transportation with pick up and drop off at the airport

Other Experience

Walls of Derry, Giant’s Causeway, Gaelic Games Experience, Traditional Irish evening of entertainment, Tournament Opening Ceremony and more.

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