The FC Bayern Youth Cup is an international tournament series that is played in cooperation with existing FC Bayern partners in selected countries (including Brazil, China, India, Italy, Japan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Singapore, Thailand and the USA). The aim is to give children worldwide the chance to show their talent, irrespective of their social background.
FC Bayern has been organising local selection tournaments with local partners since 2012. These can vary greatly in scope, from one-day events to nationwide qualifying tournaments lasting several months with more than 10,000 players. These lead to a National Final in the participating country, at which a FC Bayern representative selects the so-called National Team, which consists of the ten best male players of the participating country aged 14 to 16 years. This team is then allowed to travel to Munich in May to take part in the FC Bayern Youth Cup World Final and compete against the players or teams of the other participating countries. The World Final takes place annually in the Allianz Arena on the day following the last home match of FC Bayern.
The National Teams already arrive a few days in advance to take part in a five-day training camp on Säbener Strasse and train with FC Bayern youth coaches. In addition, players from all over the world will receive a comprehensive social program during their stay in Munich. They will meet FC Bayern 1st team players, visit the city of Munich, visit FC Bayern's last home match and finally take part in the FC Bayern Youth Cup World Final on the grass of the world-famous Allianz Arena.
In 2019, teams from China, USA, Singapore, India, Nigeria and Germany and Thailand took part in the FC Bayern Youth Cup. The winner in 2019 was Team USA.
In 2020, the FC Bayern Youth Cup will be played again. More information will follow.
FC Bayern Youth Cup 2019
Thanks to the support of the VOE Foundation, the FC Bayern Youth Cup took place in 2019 for the second time in Africa.
The national qualifications already started in January 2019. They were played in the following cities:
Abuja 18th – 20th of January
Lagos 25th – 27th of January
On 2nd/3rd of February, the final matches of the FC Bayern Youth Cup were played in Nigeria. The tournament in West Africa originally started with more than 500 participants. More than 100 participants from eight teams gathered in Lagos for the final. The young, talented players set a very high standard. Besides Klaus Augenthaler, the matches were watched by high-ranking guests such as Nigerian national coach Gernot Rohr, former Bundesliga player Victor Agali and representatives of the German Consulate. At the end of the day, the 1990 World Champion selected the ten best players to represent their country in the World Final of the FC Bayern Youth Cup in Munich.
The selected players were looking forward to a 5-day training camp with FC Bayern in Munich and many highlights. Besides a "Freestyle Football Challenge", the personal Meet & Greet with Manuel Neuer was an unforgettable experience for the players. On Saturday, the youngsters visited the last Bundesliga home match in the Allianz Arena, including the subsequent championship celebration. On Sunday, the boys were allowed to enter the "sacred grass" themselves to determine the winner of the FC Bayern Youth Cup 2019. The team Nigeria faced the teams from China, USA, Singapore, Thailand, India and Germany and reached a good fifth place in the end.
We are looking forward to welcoming Team Nigeria for the FC Bayern Youth Cup in Munich again in 2020.