The Foyle Cup
is a youth soccer tournament held every year in Derry City
. Along with the Milk Cup
, which takes place around the same time, The Foyle Cup is one of Ireland and indeed Europe's premier youth tournaments.
The competition began in 1992 with only eight teams competing. It is seen as one of the most important and pivotal tournaments in Northern Ireland
, as it presents an opportunity for the youth of Northern Ireland to show their abilities. Academy teams of such European clubs as Werder Bremen
, IFK Goteborg
have participated in the tournament, along with teams from the U.S.A.
in recent times. It is widely recognised as a tournament that launches the careers of young players aspiring to sign professional contracts.In 2003 former Republic of Ireland
player and current Sunderland
chairman, Niall Quinn
launched the tournament. The 2006 competition was launched by Lawrie Sanchez
.In June 2007, Foyle Cup chairman, Micahel Hutton confirmed that the 2007 competition will feature special guest, Liverpool F.C.
legend Phil Neal
All Foyle Cup matches are played around Derry
and the surrounding area, including Letterkenny
. Final matches are played in The Brandywell Stadium
, although, from time to time, it may vary.
Notable past participants