Are any of your kids big soccer fans? If so, you will definitely want to check out the Danone Nations Cup World Final on September 24th at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. This is the first time in 18 years that the final is being hosted in the U.S., so it’s something to get excited about!
~I received a complimentary invite to the Danone Nations Cup Draw event to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~
The Danone Nations Cup (DNC) was created in 2000 and is a unique soccer experience that encourages nearly 2.5 million children every year, all over the world, to believe in their dreams.
More than 450 children ages 10-12, from 32 different countries will come together and compete for the trophy (and bragging rights, of course). Many of the children participating have never left their country, much less left their own town, so it’s a big deal to these children.
Let the Games Begin!
The event starts with the first day of qualifications taking place on September 22nd, and the second day of qualifications on September 23rd, as well as the quarterfinals and semifinals. Each qualifying match will last 20 minutes without a halftime and with a few matches running simultaneously on a half size soccer field.
Then the event reaches its peak on September 24th, when the finalists compete for the trophy. The final matches will consist of 2, 12 minute halves. And not only are the teams competing for the DNC World Final Trophy, but are also competing for the Fair Play Trophy.
The Fair Play Trophy is rewarded to the team that shows humility, team spirit, friendliness, and respect, all of which are core values of the DNC. The objective of the Fair Play Trophy is to encourage and promote good conduct, and to help fight against objectionable behavior.
Who is participating?
There are 32 boys teams and for the first time in DNC history, 6 girls teams. Here are the results of the DNC Draw from August 25th.
My son is a huge soccer fan and he can’t wait to see the many talented kids show off their skills at this event. Who knows, maybe in a few years he’ll be taking part himself. I hope you’ll join us at the Danone Nations Cup World Final on September 24th, as we watch and support some future soccer professionals earn their way to the top!
For more details on the event and to purchase tickets (start at $6), go here.