THE Danone Nations Cup is the world’s greatest football tournament for children aged 10 to 12.
It is a unique event that has been an inspiration to millions of youngsters from every corner of the world for almost fourteen years! The winning teams from each of the thirty-two countries taking part live through a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and have
the opportunity to be crowned champions at the World Final.
For nearly ten years, the tournament has been fortunate enough to have Zinédine Zidane as
its ambassador and to benefit from his commitment to high quality football and fair play.
Created in France following the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Danone Nations Cup World Final has been an international affair since 2010, playing host to young footballers in prestigious global arenas such as the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid in 2011 and the National Stadium in Warsaw in 2012. This year, for the 14th edition of the Danone Nations Cup, the thirty-two winning national teams will be heading to London
and to the legendary Wembley Stadium.
Over the years, the competition has established itself as a highly respected event with FIFA endorsement. It now enjoys a solid reputation within the world of professional football and partner organizations.
For Danone, it is more than just a competition. It is a way of putting into practice the company’s mission, ‘to bring health through food to as many people as possible, by teaching children about the positive values of sport, and the importance of a proper diet and exercise.’
32 National Tournaments
Every year, around 2.5 million children from over 34,000 schools and 11,000 clubs from around the globe take part in local, regional and then national Danone Nations Cup competitions, before the winners fly off to compete in the grand World Final.
In each of the 32 participating countries, Danone’s subsidiaries organize their national tournaments in partnership with the local Sports Federations and/or State Education and Sports Ministries and take place between February and July.
Wembley, the “Cathedral of Football”
This celebrated stadium re-opened in 2007, having been rebuilt in preparation for the 2012 Olympic. Wembley has played host to the best-known names in world football, the greatest sporting events and the biggest concerts.
And this year, the children of the Danone Nations Cup will get a unique chance to play on its hallowed turf.
The 16 matches scheduled to kick off from 1.30pm onwards will decide the ranking for each of the 32 teams.
The first 14 matches (to determine places 5 to 32) will each last 20 minutes and will be played simultaneously on half-size pitches.
The World Cup Final itself will be played consecutively, with each game lasting 20 minutes, and will see the third place playoff and the match involving the England team.
At 6pm the award ceremony will take place. The winning team will receive a trophy, as will all the teams taking part. Individual honours: top goalscorer, best outfield player and best goalkeeper and team (Fair Play Award)
2012 South Korea, 2011 Brazil, 2010 Mexico, 2009 South Africa, 2008 France, 2007 South Africa, 2006 Reunion Island, 2005 Russia, 2004 Spain, 2003 South Africa, 2002 Argentina, 2001 Reunion Island and 2000 France