In a spirited display of youthful football prowess, the delegations from Peru and Chile emerged victorious in the inaugural edition of the Scotiabank Continental Cup. The youth football tournament took place in Costa Rica on December 2 and 3, showcasing the raw talent of 88 players and 22 coaches from eight Latin American countries.
Champions Bound for Barcelona
The mixed under-11 team from Peru and the Chilean girls' under-14 team won the championship, earning a trip to Barcelona, Spain. Here, they will participate in a sports program with the renowned FC Barcelona. This program will include football clinics and a tour of the club's facilities, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these young footballers to soak in the rich football culture of the Catalan capital.
In the mixed under-11 category, Peru triumphed over Colombia in the final with a score of 2-0. Meanwhile, in the girls' under-14 category, Chile secured a narrow victory over Colombia with a 1-0 win. The participating teams were the champions of the Scotiabank Football Club national championships.
Promoting Values and Child Protection in Sports
The Continental Cup was more than just a competition; it was a platform that promoted values such as inclusion and teamwork. The event was graced by the presence of former footballer Carles Puyol. Furthermore, clinics focused on child development and protection in sports were hosted by Concacaf, highlighting the event's commitment to creating a safe and nurturing environment for young athletes.