Danone Nations Cup

ESFA U11 Danone Nations Cup

The Danone Nations Cup is the largest football competition worldwide for children aged 10 to 12 years old, involving over 2.5 million children from 33 countries.

In England, Danone has partnered with the English Schools’ FA to run the Danone Nations Cup for children under the age of 11. Every year, over 4,000 primary schools compete in the four U11 national tournaments, which culminate in the ESFA Danone Nations Cup National Finals. The competitions, which have taken place for ten  years, sees approximately 66,000 children in England taking part.

The memories created for these tournaments for the 6,000+ teams that take part, thanks to the partnership between Danone and the ESFA, will last a lifetime.


Changes for 2021

The ESFA worked with Danone to find a way to allow U11 DNC competitions to go ahead in 2021, which has meant a change to the ‘usual’ format. This season a knockout style competition has been introduced, to allow teams to take part and progress for season 20/21. Again, in a change to tradition, there are only two competitions running this year, one for U11 boys (mixed teams permitted) and one for U11 girls.

The competitions will take place throughout February – June, with National Finals being played in July (details TBC). 

There will be no Danone Nations Cup World Finals in 2021, but we are delighted that the ESFA has been able to work together with Danone to find a way to allow teams to participate in our competitions for this season. 

Footsteps to Follow In…

Players in this year’s competition will be looking to follow in the footsteps of professional footballers such as Phil Jones (Manchester United) and Benik Afobe (Wolves/Stoke), who both represented England in the Danone Nations World Cup Finals earlier in their careers.

“I played in the competition back in 2010 and it was a fantastic experience for me at that time, when I was a young boy who had aspirations of becoming a professional footballer. It was an important step in my development.”

Everton star, Jonjoe Kenny played in the Danone Nations Cup Final in 2010 at Everton’s home ground, Goodison Park


Danone Nations Cup Toolkit

If you are running or taking part in a Danone Nations Cup competition this season, then click here to download our full toolkit, packed full of information that will provide players with a fair, consistent and wonderful experience!


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