Four of the best youth teams in European club football meet this week in the UEFA Youth League final in Nyon, Switzerland.
Atlético Madrid, Benfica, Juventus and FC Salzburg, the winners of the 2016/17 edition, are preparing for their semifinals, which will be played at the Stade de Colovray with 4000 seats. The winner will be chosen next Monday, April 25th.
The 2021/22 edition marks the long-awaited return of the tournament, which was canceled last season due to the pandemic.
In the Youth League players gain important experience on the field, but there are also many opportunities for further development for players.
Support for local sports
During their stay in Switzerland, all four clubs will take part in training activities and dedicate themselves to social initiatives, which should contribute to team spirit and fair play within teams.
The youngsters meet with the chairman of the UEFA Referees Committee, Roberto Rosetti, who informs them about the rules of the game and engages in an interview with UEFA integrity experts. Instead, they participate in an event organized by the UEFA Foundation and PluSport, an organization that enables people with disabilities to participate in sports.
This is an opportunity for UEFA and clubs to bring back the Nyon’s people who have supported the competition since its inception in the 2013/14 season.
Since 1995, UEFA has its headquarters in the city in western Switzerland, not far from Geneva. The European umbrella organization promotes physical activity among the local population, especially young people. It also aims to improve the city’s other sports facilities.
Daniel Rossellat, mayor of Nyon
“The city of Nyon is pleased that this high-class sporting event can take place again after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. I want to emphasize that the Nyon region is lucky to host the finals of the Youth League and I am pleased that this event has not only a sporting aspect, but also a social one. “Football fans and young people in particular have the fantastic opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow.”
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Community at the heart of the UEFA Youth League
Each season, UEFA also gives participating clubs a € 500 grant to participate in social projects that ensure players are committed to their local communities.
For example, Atlético conducts training sessions with disadvantaged children. But there are many other stories of players taking time to get involved with people living in vulnerable conditions.
An example of community involvement is Manchester United, whose teams work with the club foundation to organize mental health education and awareness-raising activities in local high schools.
The players planned a physical activity that should encourage children to stay active as it is good for their psyche. The footballers also participated in a question-and-answer session with the students to create a safe environment for the children to express their feelings, share the challenges and learn about the support they can receive.
Paris Saint-Germain players set up a “solidarity restaurant” and cook and distribute food to Rouge et Bleu school children – a PSG Foundation project that allows disadvantaged children to participate in learning units, helping ata. with their personal development supported. Other crew members visited the children at a local hospital and spent time talking to patients and their families.
The Sevilla FC team visited the Bioalverde Ecological Garden and raised funds for the project – a non-profit organization set up to benefit people at risk of social exclusion.
Other associations also took the initiative: Hajduk Split supported the adoption of abandoned pets and Deportivo La Coruña supported a local cancer aid organization.
UEFA learning application for players
Belgrade Red Star Bubanj Mateja accepts the UEFA Player of the Year award. The Red Star of Belgrade
All teams participating in the Youth League can participate in training courses and have free access to the ‘UEFA For Players’ application, which offers players help and advice at all stages of their careers.
The app was developed to give players the knowledge they need to plan their careers. It includes modules on the topics of integrity, doping, social image, finance, fair play and a career after playing as a player.
Players earn points for completing modules and each month the best among them receive prizes, including UEFA Champions League match balls.
Investing in football
The Youth League is an example of how UEFA invests the proceeds of its best men’s competitions in the development of European football at all levels of the football pyramid.
The other 13 UEFA competitions for men and women are funded by proceeds from the EURO, Champions League and Europa League finals: EURO for women and Champions League for women, European U-21 Championship, EURO Futsal for men and women, Champions League in Futsal, Youth League, European Championship for men and women under-17 and under-19, European Championship for U-19 Futsal Championship and Regions Cup.