Mini Leagues, Tournaments, Blitzes & Much more

It’s that time of the year when clubs organise some much needed funds with their Mini League and blitzes. So far these are the ones I’m aware of happening in the coming weeks. I have also included the two big tournaments happening this summer. The in-house ones are a great way to raise some much needed funds for the club and are always great fun for the kids.

Newbridge Town FC U11s Tournament (2004s)

  • When: Saturday 28th August
  • Age: 2004s
  • Contact or club on 085  1400 152

In association with Ajax online Academy

St. Albions FC

We would like you to invite you all to take part in this years event as detailed below:

  • Weekend 1 – August 9th/10th – Under 8 to Under 11’s age groups inclusive plus All Girls Teams
  • Weekend 2 – August 16th/17th – Under 12 to Under 15’s age groups inclusive
  • Weekend 3 – August 23rd/24th – Under 16 to Under 18’s age groups inclusive

We are introducing an All Girls & Under 18 section this year over and above last years event. We have attached all the relevant details relating to this years event for your information. Obviously some small details may change closer to the event.

If you are interested in taking part please forward your name, email address, contact number, name and age group of your team (please give next seasons ages, eg Under 12 (2003). Provided we have your email address we will also keep you up to date with all information regarding the event as they happen.

Note: In order to try to avoid a repeat of this, we are now requesting that anyone who wants to guarantee their involvement, please forward the payment for your team as soon as possible, together with your teams details (club/age group etc).

We will be filling the event in the order of teams having paid and once we reach the required numbers in each section we will then be putting any further teams on a standby list in case of dropouts (any team on standby will obviously only pay if invited to take part). We want to involve as many teams as possible and as always we request your support in this regard, and hope you understand why we feel that this is necessary, however, this will result in a better tournament for everyone.

The cost of entry for teams is as follows:

  • 7/9 a-side teams  –   Under 8’s to Under 11’s inclusive costs €80 euro per team
  • 11 a-side teams    –   Under 12’s & above costs €120 euro per team

If you have any queries please reply to this email, give Liam a call on 087-6376639, or via Facebook at

Newbridge Town FC U11s Tournament (2004s)

  • When: Saturday 28th August 
  • Age: 2004s
  • Contact or club on 085  1400 152

In association with Ajax online Academy

FAI 4 V 4 Football Development Day

  • Location: Ferrybank AFC
  • Date: Sunday 28th September.
  • Details: The event is open to all Schoolboy Clubs from right across Ireland with a maximum of 40 teams allowed to take part.
  • Cost: €40 per team with all money raised going to The John Giles Foundation

This is a different type of “tournament” we won’t have any league tables, knock outs, winners/losers etc, its simply all about games and enjoyment for the players and coaches. I am hoping to get a good mix of clubs from across Ireland to take part as it gives the kids a new experience playing against different opposition. Squads of 8 max and all info is on the poster. As stated the maximum entry is 40 teams right now I am limiting it to 1 team per club. All players born on or after 1st January 2006.

Contact: Gary Power

DB Sports Cup

The DB Sports Summer Cup is back again this August Bank holiday weekend.

  • 5 age groups U8’s – U12’s
  • VEC Complex Terenure.
  • U8′s will compete on the same day as the U9’s (5-a-side) & U12’s (9a-side) on Saturday August 2nd
  • U10’s & U11’s (7a-side) will play on Sunday August 3rd
  • Category A Born after 01/01/07 – Under 8′s (2014/15 Season) – 5-a-side
  • Category B Born after 01/01/06 – Under 9’s (2014/15 Season) – 5-a-side
  • Category C – Born after 01/01/05 – Under 10’s (2014/15 Season) 7-a-side
  • Category D – Born after 01/01/04 – Under 11’s (2014/15 Season) 7-a-side
  • Category E – Born after 01/01/03 – Under 12’s (2014/15 Season) 9-a-side

Dublin Cup 

Is also back after being cancelled in Easter. This Tournament also runs over the August (1st,2nd & 3rd) bank holiday weekend and will host teams from here and abroad.

  • Minimum 4 matches per team
  • Certificate of involvement
  • Trophies & medals for winners & runners up
  • Shield & medals for 3rd place runners up.
  • The tournament is open to schoolboys born in 1998 to 2007 and girls born in 2002/03 and 1999/2000.
  • Category A – born after 01/01/2007 (5v5) Development Tournament
  • Category B – born after 01/01/2006 (5v5) Development Tournament
  • Category C – born after 01/01/2005 (7v7)
  • Category D – born after 01/01/2004 (7v7)
  • Category E – born after 01/01/2003 (9v9)
  • Category F – born after 01/01/2002 (11v11)
  • Category G – born after 01/01/2001 (11v11)
  • Category H – born after 01/01/2000 (11v11)
  • Category I – born after 01/01/1999 (11v11)
  • Category J – born after 01/01/1998 (11v11)
  • Girls = Category K – born after 01/01/2002-03 (11v11)
  • Girls = Category L – born after 01/01/1999-00 (11v11)
  • U13 – U17s matches will be played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • U8 – U12s matches will be played on Saturday and Sunday

For more info go to the Dublin Cup

Mini World Cups 2014

Wayside Celtic

  • Mini World Cup 2014
  • Tuesday June 3rd & Thursday 5th 6pm – 8pm
  • Sunday June 8th Finals & Fun 11am – 4pm.
  • Registration open to Members and Non members, Boys & Girls, born 2000-2007
  • Entires by today Thursday 15th May, 6pm – 8pm.
  • Meeting room, Jackson Park, Glenamuck Road
  • Cost: €25 per child, family discounts for two or more children.
  • Each child will receive a t.shirt, medal and team photo.
  • Not be able to accept late registrations this year so please register early to avoid disappointment.
  • If you need more details please call Tom 087 692 7748 or Mark 086 247 8798.

Portlaoise AFC

Blitz which was run for the 2003 age group last season.  This season the Portlaoise AFC Fun Fives Open Tournament will take place on Saturday 9th August.

  • U12 tournament (2003)
  • 5-a-side (similar to Futsal) with a maximum panel of  8, in the hope that more players will get more playing time and more touches
  • We hope to increase the number of teams from 16 last season to 24 this season
  • Both Cup and Shield competitions
  • €80 entry fee
  • Bookings to all clubs opens 3rd June
  • For further information please call 085 7082336  or email

Castleknock Celtic FC

  • Dates: Tues 3rd – Sat 7th June
  • Cost: €20 (incl Gift)
  • (€15 per Child if 2 or more children from one family)
  • Venue: Castleknock Celtic, Porterstown Park
  • Born ->Year(s) 2006 – 2001
  • Medals for all. BBQ, Bouncy Castles etc
  • Application form and more details are available a
  • Registration Night in Castleknock Celtic FC, Porterstown Park on Wednesday 28th May 2014 from 7.00-8.00p.m.
  • Contact: Tel 087 4138099 /086 1723755

Hartstown Hunstwon FC

  • Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd June
  • 1999 to 2009
  • Registration from 10am to 12noon on 24th & 31st May
  • HHFC ClubHouse
  • Cost: €5pp
  • No registration after June 12th
  • More Info go to HHFC

See also FUTURE EVENTS for more football related stuff.


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St Kevins Boys Academy Cup 2014

If you have nothing to do Easter Weekend, why not get yourself down to the St Kevins Boys, who will be hosting their prestigious U13 Academy Cup Tournament for the 6th year, taking place from the 18th to 20th of April at Shanowen Rd.

Taking part this year are Real Madrid, Ajax, Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion, last years winners Celtic along with St Kevins Boys.

  • When: Friday 18th to Sunday 20th April
  • Where: Shanowen Road
  • Time: 10am to 6pm each day (10am to 1.30pm Sunday)

For further info contact:

Neil Fox

  • Phone : +353 1 8374411 mobile:0868167866
  • Email:
  • Site:

Download Full Draw Here > St Kevins Boys Academy Cup Draw

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Champions Cup: North v South

Saturday December 28th – DB Sports Tours Champions Cup day.

After the success of last season’s newly-expanded tournament at Oriel Park, DBST are delighted to unveil this year’s line-ups.

All five southern champions from Dublin were victorious against their Northern counterparts in January and with the most recent SFAI finals dominated by capital success again it promises to be an exciting day of action.

Malahide United will represent Ireland at the Danone Nations Cup after following up their SFAI final win over Cork’s Corinthian Boys with a recent qualification blitz success.

The North Dubliners will face Linfield in the Under-13 Champions Cup Final looking to follow in the footsteps of Crumlin United – who beat Glentoran in January.

St Francis FC followed up their Under-13 Champions Cup win earlier in the year  (BELOW) by seeing off St Joseph’s Boys in the SFAI decider to set-up their return.

They will now face Ridgeway Rovers in the Under-14 showpiece at Oriel Park looking to retain their crown.

The SFAI Under-14 Cup winners for 2013 St Kevin’s Boys are a very special team, having claimed the national title three times in a row.

Cliftonville will look to stop them adding All-Ireland glory to that impressive trophy cabinet in the Under-15 game.

Cherry Orchard won the Under-14 Champions Cup last time, but following their national success over Lucan United at a different age group, this time they will be represented at Under-16 level.

Dungannon Youths are their opposition come December when the successful south Dublin club look to earn another title.

In the final Champions Cup clash, the Under-17 decider, SFAI Under-16 champions Belvedere will face Cliftonville.

The Draw

U13 (2001)

Malahide United V Linfield

U14 (2000)

St Francis FC V Ridgeway Rovers

U15 (1999)

St Kevin’s Boys V Cliftonville

U16 (1998)

Cherry Orchard V Dungannon Youths

U17 (1997)

Belvedere V Cliftonville

To find out more go to DB Sports Tours Website


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60+ Coaches off to Barcelona

60+ Irish coaches are heading to Barcelona next week to view the 5 star training facilities at Futbol Salou. The Trip which is being organised by Ireland’s top grassroots football tour operator, DB Sports Tours are do so with the intention of getting managers familiar with the facilities and coaching staff.

IT’S the time of the season when amateur clubs start planning their 2014 trips and Futbol Salou is a destination Irish clubs could become very familiar with.

Futbol Salou

The state-of-the-art football facility just outside of Barcelona will be making its debut with the Irish market this season and promises to impress all 60+ coaches heading over next week.

“Our main, and immediate goal, of course is to teach visiting players/coaches the Catalan philosophy.”

The Dublin-based company are behind the combination of the Irish team tour market and this exciting Spanish destination. Next month’s club/coach inspection visit will give interested parties the chance to travel to Salou and see for themselves the benefits of exposing their young players to the Catalan way.

From international tournaments to team bonding weeks that incorporate games against local opposition and master-class training sessions with the resident coach, Futbol Salou offers so much.

Albert Vinas

Former RCD Espanyol youth player and Technical Director Albert Vinas now has the same role at Futbol Salou and as the man charged with educating visit teams in the Catalan ways, he couldn’t be more experienced.

DB Sports Tours Albert Vinas Ex-RCD Espanyol Head Coach

Recently appointed the Director of Coach Education for Libya, Vinas tutored former Barcelona Head Coach Tito Vilanova and Liverpool Head Academy coach Rodolfo Borrell when working with the Catalan Futbol Federation.

“For the moment I have not worked with Irish Football, but I have much experience in other countries such as Korea, Finland, Norway, USA, Japan,” says Vinas.

He went on to say, “I look forward to the opportunity to work with the Irish market, which I believe is a very exciting market with a lot of talent and potential.

“At Futbol Salou we want to help clubs with every aspect of football, from exposing them to different levels of teams with friendlies, to learning the Catalan philosophy with the master-class or even training the coaches themselves.”

“Through the master-class session I organise it normally in Catalunya, because we want the players to practise and the coaches can see how we exercise and our mythology.”

To find out more information about any trips contact DBSPORTSTOURS


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Kids Camps Tournaments

Tournament and Camps Around Ireland

Here is a list of some exciting tournaments and camps you might be interested in.



Age: 7s to 13s

Date: 4th – 7th June

Time: Start 6:15pm

Location: Crumlin Astro

Cost €10

Contact by email or call Dermot on 086 851 3339

Download Application here FUNINO FESTIVAL FLYER



Mini World Cup

Date: 21st to 23rd

Location: Hartstown Community School

Age: 1997 – 2008

Cost: €5

Download application here Mini Leagues Poster



Funino Soccer camps with Dermot Dalton

Age: 6 – 9 year olds

Date: Monday 15th – Friday 19th July

Time: 10am to 3pm

Age: 10 – 13 year olds

Date: Monday 22nd – Friday 26th July

Time: 10am to 3pm

€50 per child (family rates available)

Contact Mark on 0857294297 or Damien on 0851400152 for further information



The DB Sports Tours summer cup will take place at the VEC grounds in TERENURE, Dublin.

  • All games are played on SSG pitches
  • All teams are guaranteed a minimum of four games
  • FAI affiliated referees
  • All games are 15 minutes a side
  • Medical and physio assistance available during all games
  • Fun Zone
  • Saint John’s Ambulance on site
  • Food and beverage onsite
  • Medals for all participants

Age Groups Boys

Category A – Born after 01/01/05 – Under 9’s (2013/14 Season)

Category B – Born after 01/01/04 – Under 10’s (2013/14 Season)

Category C – Born after 01/01/03 – Under 11’s (2013/14 Season)

Category D – Born after 01/01/02 – Under 12’s (2013/14 Season

Contact David Berber on +353 (1) 5252921 or email to book your place


u10s Pre-Season Tournament

  • SSG rules
  • Medals for winners and runners up

Contact club secretary on 085 7715 355 or email for further information


If you would like me to promote your Tournament and/or camp, just send on the details. I’m also interested in your innovative ideas, that will help kids get on the ball more to improve their technical ability.


Killarney Athletic FC U11 Development Weekend 2013

Killarney Athletic  are hosting a development style Festival on Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May. This even which is not a typical tournament but putting more emphasis on player development and allowing kids to play without the added pressures of adults and coaches screaming from the sidelines.

To learn you first have to make mistakes

The game will 30 minutes long of 9 a side football, with teams playing 5 games over the weekend.  Robin O’Day of Killarney Athletic said,

“This is about clubs coming and playing a minimum of 5 matches each & giving everyone of their players plenty of game time in a fun safe environment. We have clubs coming from 9 different schoolboys leagues, too many potentially good young players are being destroyed at a young age due to so many coaches win at all cost and instant success philosophy. This philosophy does not encourage players to try things on the pitch hence a fear of doing the wrong thing on the pitch seriously diminishes young players confidence. They want the parents and coaches to allow the kids to play and make mistakes.

  • Let them play
  • Let them try things
  • Let them make mistakes
  • Let them learn from mistakes

The weekend is an ideal scenario for coaches to bring teams to play in uncompetitive situations and play with the freedom that should be done at this age. To learn you first have to make mistakes.

If you want to get involved with this Festival contact Robin O Day at Killarney Athletic

Irish Grassroots Football Tournaments

Playing in a Tournament and The Benefits

How do YOU find a tournament?

The coach or the manager have to spring into action and get organised by going through the following steps.

  • Find a soccer tournament that is the appropriate level for the kids.
  • Speak to other coaches in your club or at other clubs for advice.
  • Get feedback online.
  • Make sure your whole team can go. If not find players so you are not short-handed.
  • Cost can be divided among the team which makes it very affordable for the families. Bag packing is always a great way to raise some money and you may have to hurry!!
  • Local or travel? If you are a select team look at travel but otherwise go local. There are some good local tournaments in every area which catered for teams of all levels.
  • Register for the tournament – normally have online registration.
  • Check with the tournament admin to see that they got your registration and payment.
  • Put together a schedule which should include maps/directions and get games schedule from the tournament organisers so you can plan your breaks and rest periods.
  • Make sure your check the weather and bring sun scream

Coaching tip: Schedules normally come out a week prior to tournament start date. So, prep your parents and players so they know what to expect.


Get your team ready…

  • When the weather is very hot shorten warm up times or if mild you can do a full warm up.
  • You and the team have anywhere from 2-3 games in a day so make sure your kids are hydrating 2-3 days prior to the games.
  • I would have a NO soft drinks rule, up to you! Get the kids to make their own, water, some cordial and a pinch of salt.
  • Between games kids should be hydrating and resting not playing too much as they might waste that energy.
  • No big greasy meals between games…you will have issues. Tell the parents to have the kids eat a lite meal.
  • Decide what you want to accomplish and teach in the tournament?
  • An example might be working on shape or possession.
  • Coaching in a pre season tournament the coach might work on a particular aspect of the game.
  • Coaching in a post season tournament might just be having fun and competing.

Coaching tip: Just a suggestion but loan players should never start! This will only infuriate your team and parents.

The team advances

Prepare the team…

Coaching tip: If the players and parents follow these guidelines they will be better prepared.

The benefits

The players and coaches will get the following benefits…

  • Coach can spend lots of time with the team. Amazing what 2-3 games in a day will do for your team.
  • Keep it very positive no matter what the results, but if you have placed the kids in the right tournament and appropriate level it should be no problem.
  • Team building exercises.
  • Extra skill sessions during the warm up.
  • Helping individual players improve their game.
  • Helps with a players confidence.

Next rounds

When the team makes the next round of a tournament, that is fantastic, you get to coach 2-3 more games. There is nothing like coaching a team and making a semi final or final. It makes the team more united and tougher. When the team does not advance the coach can still point out what the team has learned from playing games together over the weekend.

Good Luck and remember “let the kids play”