LIVE THURSDAY 11.30AM: World's top young football stars to play in Yorkshire - watch Youdan Trophy draw
Football superstars of the future are coming to Yorkshire to play for the Youdan Trophy and here you can watch the draw live.
More than 800 players from some of the biggest football clubs on the planet are set to take part in the competition from August 1 to 5.
It is a celebration of football's heritage, giving fans the chance to see some of its stars of the future, aptly taking place in Sheffield - the birthplace of football.
Teams from Rosenborg to Everton, Seattle Sounders to FC Basel and Newcastle United to Royal Antwerp are lined up to join top-flight clubs from Africa, Europe and the USA for the tournament which includes the city’s own Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday.
The eyes of the football world will be watching the draw and now so can you, this Thursday, May 19.
WATCH LIVE: The live video stream is from 11.30am, with the draw itself around noon, at www.youdantrophy.com - CLICK HERE.
Welsh international footballing hero John Hartson joins forces with former Manchester United player and now Oxford United manager Michael Appleton to perform the draw for Sheffield’s second Youdan Trophy.
The tournament has quadrupled in size from its debut in 2015 and now boasts a string of UK Premiership and Championship clubs including Watford, Birmingham City, Stoke City, Derby County, Charlton Athletic, Queens Park Rangers and Middlesbrough.
Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers will represent Scotland whilst Quatar’s Aspire Academy will be the first Youdan Trophy team to travel from the Middle East to Sheffield.
Sheffield based You-Are-The-Ref.com, which is the world's leading independent authority and education platform for match officials, are the organisers behind the creation of the competition.
It celebrates football’s first ever tournament; the Football Challenge Cup, presented by Thomas Youdan, which was played only once in 1867, at Bramall Lane.
Keith Hackett, director of You-Are-The-Ref.com, said: “The line-up for the 2016 tournament has exceeded all expectations – we’re absolutely thrilled with it.
“The Youdan Trophy is set to become the biggest and most prestigious tournament of its kind in the whole of Europe and we’re confident it will become a globally recognizable Sheffield brand in the coming months and years.
“The competition is unique in the UK – that is why it is proving so popular. It is bringing some of the best academy teams at under 16 and under 14 from professional clubs around the world to compete at the highest level. Sheffield’s Youdan Trophy will be known as the place to see the sporting stars of tomorrow.”
Group games will take place at Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park and the Warminster Road facility of the University of Sheffield.
The full line up is:
Youdan Trophy 2016 U16:
Charlton Athletic, Derby County, Friendly Academy (Zimbabwe), FC Basel (Switzerland), Glasgow Celtic (Scotland), JHR Rotterdam (Holland), Maiden City (Northern Ireland), EKO Future Stars (Nigeria), Wolves, Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United, Rosenborg BK (Norway), Royal Atwerp (Belgium), Seattle Sounders (USA), Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday.
Youdan Trophy 2016 U14:
Brentford, Charlton Athletic, Derby County, Everton, Glasgow Celtic (Scotland), Glasgow Rangers (Scotland), JHR Rotterdam (Holland), Aspire Academy (Qatar), Maiden City (Northern Ireland), Middlesbrough, Birmingham City, Royal Antwerp (Belgium), Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Stoke City and Watford.
The Youdan Trophy is being delivered in partnership with The Star, Marketing Sheffield, University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, iPro Sport, Seabrook Crisps, Engie, Quick Play Sport, Precision, Brew & Bean, Maurice Parker Interiors, Sandwich King UK, Talbot Sports Turf, G W Price, Hotel Football, The Children’s Hospital Charity, SportPAD and Roundabout.
More information at www.youdantrophy.com
The draw on Thursday, May 19, will take place at Manchester’s National Football Museum and can also be followed on social networks at #YoudanDraw2016