UEFA Development Tournament 2022
Between 10–23 May, lots of national team soccer will be played around Blekinge. This is when the UEFA Development Tournament 2022 is held for both the boys 'and girls' national teams born in '06. and no less than twelve international matches take place in three of the county's municipalities.
Sweden, France, Norway and the USA participates in the girls' tournament. The boys' teams come from Sweden, Ireland, Iceland and Switzerland. All teams will start from Ronneby and the matches will be played at Brunnsvallen in Ronneby, Asarums IP in Karlshamn and Västra Mark in Karlskrona.
Fun to be able to motivate and inspire
The international event is made possible by the Blekinge Football Association, with the support of RF-SISU Blekinge and Visit Blekinge. Mathias Roos, district sports director at RF-SISU Blekinge comments on the news as follows: “It will be very fun to collaborate regionally to carry out the tournaments together with the Swedish Football Association. It develops both our local collaborations with the associations and gives us the chance to inspire more young girls and boys to start with football. ”
Magnus Karlsson, Chancellor of the Blekinge Football Association, adds: “We are naturally very positive that we as a district will be awarded international matches. It motivates us to continue to cooperate, between the associations and builds pride from an individual association perspective ”.
Attractiveness and extended season
The positive effects of the tournaments also extend beyond the sports. Mattias Pettersson, destination developer at Visit Blekinge, points out: “Such collaborations are good examples of how we can increase Blekinge's attractiveness by arranging larger events such as the UEFA DEVELOPMENT TOURNAMENT. As it is in May, outside our high season, it naturally also benefits the regional hospitality industry. ”
The UEFA DEVELOPMENT TOURNAMENT will be played in three locations in Blekinge during the period 10–23 May 2022. The local partners are FK Karlskrona, Ronneby BK and Asarums IF. A total of twelve youth internationals will be played in Blekinge during the two-week period.
Girls 16: Sweden, France, Norway, USA
Boys 16: Sweden, Ireland, Iceland, Switzerland
Questions? Contact Gert Nilsson, SvFF on (+46) 708-66 98 98.