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.
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
DNC World Finals 2019
The 2019 Danone Nations Cup Finals will be held in Barcelona as part of Danone’s centenary celebrations. The winners of both the 2018 and 2019 Inter-District and Girls’ cup competitions will be invited to attend – meaning that for the first time ever –
- Team England will be sending girls’ teams to represent in the Girls’ World Finals
- Team England will be four teams strong, across the competitions
You can have a look at the Danone Nations Cup website here as we await to see what will be in store for our teams in 2019…
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!
“The mantra of the Danone Nations Cup is ‘believe in your dreams’, and we witnessed plenty of budding talent. We’re delighted to welcome the winning District and Girls teams to the Danone Nations Cup World Final next year in Barcelona, for what promises to be a truly special sporting event.”
Sophie Smith, Danone PR and Events Manager for the UK & Ireland