On Friday, the second weekend of the tenth anniversary of the AteitisCUP Tournament will kick off in the Lithuanian capital, with twelve-year-olds from Manchester City, Bergamo’s Atalanta, Tbilisi’s Dinamo and other super academies from all Europe.
“Last week we raised the cart high enough so there is no doubt that we want to keep it at the same level. I think this weekend will not be much different from last weekend, only now matches will be played not 9×9 but 11×11, ” said the main organizer of tournament Dainius Gudaitis.
For the first time in history based United Lithuanian U-12 team will participate in Ateitis CUP tournament.
“In the older groups we will have regional teams and the 12-year-olds have decided to play for the Lithuanian national team. No doubt, it will be interesting to watch them and for them it will be a great test of what they are worth,” – said D.Gudaitis.
According to the tournament format, 32 teams will be divided into eight groups. The teams which will win first places at their groups will fight for the main cup. The tournament will take place at the Sportima indoor stadium, LFF Stadium, FANAI Stadium and Širvintos Stadium from Friday till Sunday.
The winners of the tournament will be revealed at 13:10 on Sunday at Sportima arena.