More than 10,000 grassroots footballers participate from this Friday in MADCUP 2022
The tournament runs until June 29 at the Ciudad Deportiva Wanda Atlético de Madrid in Alcalá de Henares
MADRID, June 24 (EUROPA PRESS) –
More than 10,000 children are taking part from this Friday to June 29 in the MADCUP 2022 youth football tournament, in the male and female categories, headquartered in the Wanda Sports City of Atlético de Madrid, in the Madrid town of Alcalá of Henares.
This tournament brings together sport, tourism, culture and education and benefits from the collaboration of the Community of Madrid, which sponsors the competition with 363,000 euros, the Atlético de Madrid Academy and the Royal Madrid Football Federation.
In this year’s edition, participation has increased by 50% compared to 2021. On this occasion, 600 teams compete, including 300 from Madrid, 150 from other communities and 150 from abroad. More than 1,400 matches will be played in the sub-8 to sub-16 categories, for the men, and sub-12, sub-14 and sub-16 in the case of the women’s competition.
The preliminary phase of the match schedule begins this Friday and will continue until Sunday 26. The match will be played between Monday 27 and Tuesday 28, with the finals on June 29. In addition, on the 27th, the parade of all the participating children and their families will take place on the lawn of the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
This initiative aims to become in a few years the most important international tournament of its kind in the world. It has already been recognized within the Support Program Plan Base Sports II 2020, of the Superior Council of Sports, with the consideration of an event of exceptional public interest.
In addition, it has been placed on the agenda of the World Tourism Organization as an exceptional event for its driving action to strengthen sport and tourism within the Community.
The MADCUP project aims to promote quality family tourism, in its objective of transmitting culture and values through sport. In this sense, the participation of more than 18,000 relatives of football players and more than 100,000 spectators is expected, representing an important economic boost for the Henares corridor and for the region as a whole.