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ABU DHABI: The Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup will return to the capital of the United Arab Emirates in February 2023, for the first time since 2019, organizers have announced.

The youth tournament is aimed at players of all levels, with the aim of developing footballers in the region.

Launched in 2017, the youth tournament has attracted international interest over the years with the participation of 13 countries from four continents, more than 1,750 players (including Manchester City academy footballers from the UK) and 4 000 spectators.

In 2018, the organizers also launched a new women’s category, which will return for the next edition in 2023.

The tournament will take place on the weekend of February 18-19 at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the largest multi-purpose venue in the United Arab Emirates. Off the pitch and away from the action, families can enjoy entertainment and fun activities in the “City Village”.

Aref Hamad Al-Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “The Abu Dhabi Sports Council is delighted to once again support the Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup. Football tournaments in the capital are essential to ensure the growth, development and improvement of the football landscape in the UAE. We are very happy to see the Cup competition return in 2023 and look forward to welcoming teams from the region to compete alongside Abu Dhabi’s youth football clubs.

The age categories for the 2023 tournament will be Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14 for boys, and two categories for Under 11 and Under 14 years for girls.

Simon Hewitt, Senior Manager, Football Operations MENA – Football Education, said: “We can’t wait to see so many young footballers playing with smiles and having fun at the Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup in February 2023. The tournament returns and promises to be a fantastic experience for everyone involved, from players to families to coaches.

“The tournament is for all ability levels, with day two culminating in a selection of City Cup, City Plate, City Trophy and City Shield finals up for grabs, with one lucky team winning an all-expenses-paid trip to the city Manchester Football Academy.

Meanwhile, Saleh Mohamed Saleh Al-Geziry, Director General of Tourism at the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, said: “Inspiring the next generation of sports stars and sharing Abu Dhabi with the world are among the main objectives of DCT Abu Dhabi, We are therefore delighted to support the Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup and showcase our world-class sports infrastructure and partnerships.

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