The Tournament came to a close this Thursday after FCB Escola teams from around the world competed for four days
This Thursday the first International FCB Escola Tournament, which gathered 53 teams from around the world, at the FC Barcelona training facilities came to a close. Over 200 matches were played on the training fields next to the Miniestadi and Ciutat Esportiva. The national and international director of FCB Escola, Xevi Marcé, and director, Julio Alberto Moreno, define the tournament as “a complete success.”
For Marcé, the most important thing “is that the children were able to enjoy a couple of days together and that they had a good time.” Julio Alberto said that “it was necessary for all of the children and the managers that we have around the world to spend some time at home and enjoy a couple of days together.” He anticipates, in addition to making the tournament an annual fixture, that this the model “could be multiplied by two or three” in terms of the number of participants.
The winning FCB Escola teams
The final matches between the FCB Escola teams from around the world took place this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. At 10:00, the U-8 teams played. An hour later, it was the U-10 teams’ turn and at 12:00 the U-12 teams took the field. Finally, the Tournament came to a close with the U-14 final. In that order, the winning FCB Escolas in each category were South Korea Barcelona, Japan’s Fukuoka and Vitoria Bahía from Brazil.
9 countries, 53 teams
The tournament, which ran from April 2nd through the 5th, had a total of 53 participant teams from 9 different countries: Bazil, Peru, Dubai, Poland, South Korea, Kuwait, Japan and Egypt, as well as all the FCB Escolas in Spain. Up to 600 children, divided up into four different age brackets (U8 through U-14), shared their passion for football as they played more than 200 matches. One of the Tournament’s objectives was to evaluate the level of the teams and promote the same training methodologies among the managers.