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The Danone Nations Cup is coming to Red Bull Arena

Youth Tournament will be played at the training grounds and Red Bull Arena

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The Danone Cup will be at Red Bull Arena
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Every time there is a tournament being played, you always want to see who will do well and get deep into the tournament. Well this one will be hosted by Danone which is the parent company to Dannon and will be played for those in the 10-12 age range for the right to lift the Danone Nations Cup.

thirty-two nations in the boys tournament and now six nations in the first girls tournament as both sides will have the right to try and compete for this prestigious award and at the same time Dannon is the sponser to promote health through food.

Four pots for the boys to be placed in eight groups of four as the Seeded Teams in Pot 1 as Japan, Mexico, France, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Spain & Argentina would take the top spots in all eight groups.

Pot 2 has eight sides from Europe, Pot 3 with the three sides remaining from Europe, along with the USA & Canada from the Americas and then the three Asian sides and then in Pot four the South American sides along with some from Africa.

After all pots were drawn and placed in their respective groups the USA has been drawn into Group E along with France, Russia & Morocco. It looks to be a tough group, but to be honest all the groups are tough and we will see who will play in the final on Septmber 24th that will be held at Red Bull Arena.

For the first time this season the Danone Cup will have a girls tournament as two groups of three will fight for their section of this tournament and the USA has been place in Group B with Spain & Brazil.

There has been famous players who have participated in this tournament like current LA Galaxy attacker Giovanni Dos Santos in 2001, Portugal’s anthony Lopes in 2002, French National Team player Alexandre Lacazette in 2003, Erik amela of Argentina & Alberto Moreno of Spain in 2004.

The rules are simple 20 minutes without halftime, excet for the final (there will be two 12 minute halves and a stop to change sides), the goal size is six meters wide by two meters high and the field size is 60-70 meters long by 45-55 meters wide.

The Qualification matches will be a two day event on Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd, with the final at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, September 24th starting at 10:30AM till 5:30PM.

Former US Women’s National Team striker, Olympic & World Cup Champion Abby Wambach has been named the National Ambassador for this tournament and it should be a fun event for everyone involved.

So get ready for this youth tournament and have some fun as we see the future of the game or at least those who want to participate for the fun of it in the 2017 edition of the Danone Cup that is sponsored by Dannon.