Youth occasions convey collectively budding stars
Two grassroots tournaments with the target of uniting kids of various faiths and nationalities have been staged in Turkey this autumn, each organised by the Teenagers Football League of Russia (TFL).
Held below the slogan ‘Football for Peace’, the primary occasion was the 11th version of the International Children’s Champions Cup. Involving groups of Under-12 gamers from six nations, the five-day competitors ended with Galatasaray AŞ rising as winners following a 1-Zero ultimate victory towards Chertanovo Moskva.
That event was adopted by the primary Oriental Pearl Festival, with the values of ethnic and non secular tolerance being celebrated by the 16 collaborating sides in Alanya. With the motto ‘Football is our Religion’ at its core, groups from the U9 to U13 age teams from Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania took half, with a particular truthful play prize being handed out.
Created in 1993, the TFL has grown into the most important physique for youth soccer in Russia, organising numerous competitions for gamers aged between eight and 15 every year. An affiliate member of the Russian Football Union (RFS), it’s aided by over 500 assistants nationwide.
One of its largest successes has been to behave as a springboard for the careers of a number of gamers who’ve reached the highest of the skilled recreation. Next yr numerous graduates, together with Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Anyukov and Alan Dzagoev, will attend a particular ceremony marking the TFL’s 20th anniversary.