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A smaller version of the tournament to take place at The Nest, this summer

The Community Sports Foundation is delighted to announce that the Summer Cup will return this summer.

Taking place at The Nest on Saturday 24th July and Sunday 25th July, up to sixty teams will be able to participate, across U7-U9 (mixed) and U10-U14 (girls) age groups.

Entries are open via our website here.

Saturday 24th July

U10 – 5-a-side
U12 – 6-a-side
U14 – 6-a-side

Note: two-year bandings permitted (e.g. U9s and U10s can play in the U10s) 

Sunday 25th July

U7 – 5-a-side – Non-competitive
U8 – 5-a-side – Non-competitive
U9 – 7-a-side

All age groups for 2021/22 season.

This year’s Cup will see a reduced number of teams, to enable the tournament to be run in accordance within social distancing guidelines. A total of sixty teams will take part across the two days, with a cap of 10 teams per age banding.

U7 and U8 matches will be non-competitive, but – as per previous years – with a seeding format for the second round of group stages. For the first time, the U9s tournament will be 7-a-side, as we look to support teams with their transition to the format.

One of the highlights of the grassroots tournament calendar, the Summer Cup has been run since 2000, and attracts teams from across East Anglia.

The Foundation will also be running a number of new tournaments at The Nest later in the year to cater for additional age groups not included in this year’s Summer Cup, as Senior Football Development Manager, Jordan Southgate, explains:

“We’re really excited to be able to bring back the Summer Cup this year, albeit in a smaller format to previous years.

“So many people in the footballing community across Norfolk have their own special memories of the Summer Cup. It left a big void not being able to run these grassroots tournaments and festivals last year – they are so important not just in terms of football development, but in terms of personal development, too.

“It is crucial that player, spectator and staff safety is still prioritised, so we made the decision to host a scaled down version of the Cup this year. However, the team are already planning to host a series of additional mini-tournaments and invitationals that’ll cater for age groups or teams we are unable to accommodate, to ensure nobody misses out.”

Enter the Summer Cup here.

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