UK International Cup 2024: Tournament Round Up

The UK International Cup returned at the weekend as we welcomed 900+ players from 70+ teams from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, and the UAE, for a weekend of exciting football action.

This year marked the fifth, and biggest ever, edition of the tournament with the introduction of three new age categories alongside the existing U9-U12 Boys age groups, including the first ever girls event.

The tournament, held at Loughborough University for the first time, provided a platform for an increased number of grassroots teams to showcase their talent at state-of-the-art facilities.

There was no shortage of excitement across all age categories, with star performances, nail-biting penalty shootouts, outstanding saves and special memories created across the weekend.

In the U9 category, regular participants at the tournament, Levels FC, put in some big performances across the weekend as they claimed their first-ever UK International Cup trophy despite coming close a number of times in previous years.

A stand-out performer across the weekend was Solihull Academy, as the club asserted their dominance by securing the U10, U11 and U13 trophies.

In the U12 category, Newcastle East End built on their 2023 successes by securing the cup for the second consecutive year after a tightly fought 2-1 final against BRS Youth FC which prompted excited scenes from the players, coaches and families watching on.

Debutants Beaumont Park FC made their mark at the tournament as the side clinched the trophy in the very first U14 age group at the UK International Cup this year.

Finally, Notts County Girls made UK International Cup history by becoming the first-ever winners of the girls’ category in the under 12’s category.

A massive well done to all clubs for their outstanding efforts on the big stage in the biggest UK International Cup to date.

A special acknowledgment also goes to Peamount United FC of Ireland, winners of the UK International Cup Fair Play Award for their exemplary conduct and sportsmanship throughout the tournament which was recognised by the referees and tournament officials.

Off the pitch, world-class football freestyler, Roman Brezovsky, joined the teams at this year’s UK International Cup, showcasing his skills across both tournament match days.

Rory McBride, organiser of the UK International Cup, was delighted to see so many smiling faces across the weekend, and thanked players, coaches and supporters for all of their positivity over the two days at Loughborough:

“We are so pleased to see so many teams expressing themselves and creating memories with their friends and family at Loughborough. 

There are lots of clubs who have been to the UK International Cup before but the change of venue allowed us to put on an expanded version of the tournament and we were delighted to be joined by some clubs for the very first time this year.

“The tournament simply wouldn’t be possible without the hard work put in by the coaches, family members and of course the players themselves. A huge thank you goes to everyone who joined us over the weekend – we look forward to seeing you again next time!”

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s event so special, we hope you all enjoyed the tournament, and hope to see you again in 2025.

The full list of results from the tournament can be viewed by downloading the official tournament app, ‘UK International Cup’ in your app store.

If you’d like to be amongst the first to receive information on the 2025 UK International Cup, you can register your interest here.

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