The process of building for miniEURO 2014 began yesterday when the pick of England’s minifootballers descended on Stevenage for the chance to play in the autumn.
Players arrived at Stevenage FC Academy from all over the country to play in a series of short trials games as they looked to impress the new coaching team and the watching selectors.
The best of them will be invited to move forward for selection to the England team, which will compete in miniEURO 2014.
The UKMA’s Alex Young said that the day had been a tremendous success: “The whole day went superbly, and we were very pleased with the standard on the day. And there is absolutely no doubt that a great number of new players were identified to take the team forward.”
Around 100 players had confirmed their attendance for the trial and they were greeted by glorious weather for the event. The perfect conditions created some great games, with Alex adding: “The game times were kept deliberately short to see if people could quickly impress. At miniEURO the action is relentless and that is what we were trying to recreate at the trials.”
Alex added his thanks to the venue at Stevenage for their help. “We are grateful to the staff at the Football Academy for looking after us so well. The facilities were first class as was their hospitality.”
The players that caught the eye enough on the day will be informed in the next 21 days.
The trials process will be replicated in Scotland on the 13th April and Wales on the 27th April.
Applications are still being accepted for those dates. Click here for more details.