What is the Cymru Cup and how does it develop the next generation?
Next Generation
12 July 2018

What is the Cymru Cup and how does it develop the next generation?

The Cymru Cup is the annual FAW tournament that unearths the next generation of young Welsh international players.

Every summer, 60 talented 14-year-old Welsh qualified players gather to attempt to earn a place in the first Wales U15 Boys squad of the season.

In the summer of 2013, Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn played in the Cymru Cup before winning the Victory Shield with the Wales U16 squad at the end of the following season.

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The tournament is contested by three squads, North Wales, South Wales and a Regional Boys squad, which contains players from across Wales and Welsh qualified players playing for clubs in England and beyond.

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But as well as just being about those aspiring 14-year-olds playing, the Cymru Cup is an opportunity for the FAW to showcase how they teach the ‘Welsh Way’ of playing as set-out in the National Syllabus.

A group of aspiring young coaches, mostly from Welsh Premier League academies, will take charge of the three teams, while being developed by FAW Trust Technical Director Osian Roberts and his team of coaching mentors

Also the wider FAW workforce is developed as the scouting network, analysts, administration and medical staff all benefit from this great learning opportunity.

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Osian Roberts said: “Firstly this is a wonderful opportunity for these 60 young players to express their talents.

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“We have to sustain the success at senior level and these boys are a major part of the future of Welsh football.

“As well as developing the next generation and the team behind the team, this is a great opportunity to showcase the work we do.”

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