What is the U16 World Cup and why is it important?



What is the U16 World Cup and why is it important?

The U16 category has been selected as UEFA feels it is a pivotal stage in a player’s development pathway to the elite level. Such matches, as well as the preparation they entail, are crucial in facilitating the process of player development.

What are the U16 Development Tournaments?

The U16 development tournaments are also designed to prepare the way for players to move into the U17 age group, where European competition begins in earnest. The tournaments have been given glowing references by national associations, coaches and technical experts.

What is the U16 European Under-16 Championship?

Following a pilot phase in 2012, the tournament programme moved into full swing, with boys’ and girls’ events staged across Europe. The U16 age category has been selected, as UEFA believes this to be a crucial stage in a player’s development pathway to the elite level.