Brimming with excitement, the 2,000 participating young athletes from schools across Dubai were treated to a great turn out of support from families, friends and the Dubai community. “We are so happy to be back at Dubai Schools Cup. It’s awesome to see the people we played against last year and catch up with them in person again,” said returning Choueifat player Nasser Malik Monzer.
Defending champions Lycée Français International Georges Pompidou (LFIGP) Boys U16 and Salman Farsi Boys U16 faced off on the Camaro Pitch ending in a terrific match that ended in a 1 – 0 win for the French school with a penalty shot. Also in a remarkable match the young men from National Charity Boys U16 pulled out all the stops against Dubai National School Al Barsha winning 1 – 0 on the Silverado Pitch.
Commenting on the level of play, Dubai Schools Cup President, Hussein Murad said, “We witnessed a fantastic Boys U16 match today between LFIGP and Salman Farsi. Both teams were on fire and played brilliantly. It could’ve gone either way, but the Defending Champions walked off the winners today.”
Three players to watch for this season from these teams are Striker Abdel Hamid Nemri and Goalie Jassm Koleilat from LFIGP, and Striker Ahmad Zebardast, Salman Farsi.
Football Legend and Dubai Schools Cup Director, Michel Salgado commented on this year’s play. “It’s great to see the Dubai Schools Cup back in action for the second year running. Grassroots tournaments like this one give youth the opportunity to discover their inner champion. From what I saw today, we have several champions in the making already,” he added.
New Cup entrants International School Choueifat Girls U17 and Al Mawakeb Garhoud Girls U17 met each other on Eupepsia Pitch amidst nail-biting anticipation with Choueifat winning 2-1 against Mawakeb.
The Dubai Schools Football Cup, which focuses on empowering youth with the leadership qualities that are key to their development, namely focus, humility, collaboration and adaptability, generated lots of interest from senior officials at organizations such as Dubai Education Zone, as well as among scouts from various clubs across the city.
Bigger and better than last year, Dubai Schools Cup 2015’s new format means that teams need to focus and play their best at every match as they only play teams in their group once this year before proceeding to the Round of 16 in week 4.
Dubai Schools Football Cup takes place Saturdays 9am – 5pm from January 31 to March 7 at the Dubai Sports City’s Football Academy. The tournament is organized by Inspiratus in partnership with Dubai Sports Council. This year, the teams will compete in four categories: Boys U12, U14, U16 and Girls U17. All Dubai Schools Cup matches will take place at Dubai Sports City on its 7 FIFA approved pitches.