23. - 28. JULY 2018 - HJØRRING - DENMARK

Tell us your story - Denali Futbol - USA - B16


Tell us briefly the history of your club/team?

Is it your first time at the Dana Cup if not how many times has your club participated?

What are your goals and expectations for the Dana Cup 2018?

Denali Fútbol is a premier tournament club based in the lower Westchester, NY USA. Our journey started in the fall of 2015 when a group of boys formed an independent team to participate in a winter soccer league. With hard work and dedication, the team was able to overcome many challenges to improve their games and get positive results. In the next year, the team started competing in larger tournaments in neighboring states. Last year, the boys 15U team secured the top spot in Group 40 of Gothia Cup.

This year, Denali Fútbol will travel to Denmark to compete in one of the world’s largest football tournament - Dana Cup. When you meet our team, you might wonder how are we able to play together? Our group has various culture and ethnic backgrounds. We speak a dozen languages and dialects. Although we belong in different communities, our common passion and love of the beautiful game brought us together. You could say our team is a celebration of diversity every time we play. We’re Denali Fútbol. The team’s mantra is “when there’s a will there’s a way”. Most youth soccer clubs in our area have little interest in competing in international soccer tournaments outside the US. With the pay-to-play model coupled with the complexity of the youth soccer landscape in the US, many talented players may never have the chance to experience international soccer tournaments at its best. We begun asking ourselves - what could we do to make a difference? The situation gave birth to Denali Fútbol, which primary purpose is to supplement passionate and talented players with a platform to go beyond the experience offered by the local clubs. With Denali Fútbol, players now have the chance to chase their dreams in various international soccer events - a young footballer’s dream of a lifetime! 

This is our first time to play at Dana Cup. We’re honored and grateful to be able to represent Team USA in the Boys 16U class this year. Also, we’re super excited to meet the world in Denmark, which coincides with the world’s celebration of the FIFA World Cup! We’re Denali Fútbol. Our team is looking forward to play excellent soccer matches. Having said, we love meeting other young footballers around the world and learn from their stories as we share ours. We believe that the experience gained at Dana Cup would help benefit our team in building stronger character on and off the field. Our objective is not only to compete fairly but also to inspire every young footballer and soccer teams in our communities with our journey. We’re Denali Fútbol.

We’re social friendly so please follow or like us through our social pages. Thank you!

Website: www.denalifc.org 

Facebook: DenaliFutbol

Twitter: @DenaliFutbol

Instagram: @DenaliFutbol




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Sustainable Dana Cup scoring


The initiative of the UN's ”Global Goals” project gives Indian spice in Dubai

Dana Cup is making a strong effort in the fight for gender equality. Prior to the Dana Cup 2017 we annonced that our International Youth Soccer Tournament would participate as a partner in a huge project that is aimed towards lifting and promoting the UN Global Goals. Dana Cup decided to set focus through football for Goal 5: GENDER EQUALITY – achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

- One of our participating clubs in 2017, the Indian team Amma FC and team leader Thocks Bikram were truly inspired after their experiences at the Dana Cup. They decided to organize a huge football tournament for school students in Dubai, UAE - says Alison Leigh Forman from Dana Cup.

- The tournament - Ambassadors Cup – was organized by the Indian Ambassador and the Indian Mission in Dubai and Bikrams Soccer Foundation.

320 girls between 14 and 17 years of age participated in the tournament, 32 school teams in total. They played life changing football while promoting gender equality.

The winner of the tournament in Dubai will take part in the Dana Cup 2018 this summer.

We are proud that the Dana Cup has assisted in kick-starting this project, which means so much for football and gender equality and now we look forward to seeing the Indian girls teams when they come to the Dana Cup, says Alison Leigh Forman.

Together with the Dana Cup you will find Eir Soccer and Global Goals World Cup among others using their influence and positive reputation to promote and fulfil the UN Global Goals. 

The committed organizations demonstrate the great potential of football and sports organizations as a driving force for development, and to inspire others to participate and assume a responsibility to move towards sustainable development.

Throughout the project, thousands of young players, their parents and their communities will be introduced to the World Goals and underlying values ​​of the UN Agenda 2030.

Global Goals Impact Games and Global Goals Dana Cup 2017 - Amma FC - Video 1 and Video 2

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Trinidad girls dream of Fortuna

Dana Cup strives constantly to ensure the tournament has an international feel. This means there are visits all around the World. Recently the Dana Cup Director Jette Andersen and Alison Leigh Forman from Marketing have been in the Caribbean to add and even more exotic flavour to the tournament.

The interest to participate in the Dana Cup is huge and at the same time there is interest for the supporting club of the Dana Cup - Fortuna Hjørring. 

Two long time football players from Trinidad & Tobago are dreaming of lifting their careers with Fortuna Hjørring. The two 26 year old girls - Kamika Forbes (Midfield and Defence) and Rhea Belgrave (Central Defender) spoke with Jette Andersen and Alison Leigh Forman from Dana Cup's marketing, in Trinidad & Tobago when the recent CONCACAF Women's U20 Championship was held. 

Both girls have just returned home to Trinidad & Tobago from a college stay in the USA, where they had football as their major and now they feel that the next move could be European football and they would like to be a part of Fortuna in Hjørring.

The Technical Director for Trinidad & Tobagos National Football Teams - Anton Corneal praises both players very highly. If they live up to his recognition, they could be beneficial for Fortuna.

- We have not seen Kamika and Rhea on the field yet, we have just heard of their experiences and talents. 

I can see that they could have the opportunity to come and train with us, but we must be careful not to be unrealistic and or to disappoint them. 

We will talk more with Kamika, Rhea and Anton Corneal, as he has strong wishes for them to try and play in Denmark in the Danish League.

There is a very good chance for Fortuna and at the new Dana Cup Academy to welcome the Caribbean girls and to give them a chance. 

The Dana Cup and Fortuna see the opportunity for a larger partnership with Trinidad & Tobago and also with other parts of the Caribbean.

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Photo: It is an agreement! Technical Director, Anton Corneal is ready to promote the Dana Cup in the Caribbean. Jette Andersen and Alison Leigh Forman have high hopes for the new partnership. 

Dana Cup allies with the Caribbean

It looks like the Dana Cup will score in the Caribbean. During a meeting at Ato Boldon Stadium in Trinidad & Tobago, 30 km outside of Port of Spain the Director Jette Andersen and Alison Leigh Forman from Marketing made an agreemrent with the football association of Trinidad & Tobago to assist in the marketing of the Dana Cup and not alone in Trinidad & Tobago but also throughout other Caribbean nations in which they are in daily contact. 

- We received a warm welcome by the football association and Technical Director Anton Corneal, who is responsible for the nations football development. He is very interested in sending teams from Trinidad & Tobago to the Dana Cup and he also believes that other Caribbean nations will have a major interest, says Dana Cup Director Jette Andersen.

- Teams from the Caribbean are very interesting for the Dana Cup. They are the kind of team that other European teams wish to play against, says Alison Leigh Forman.

- We have many South American teams, like Brazil with their Samba Football. It would be fantastic to add more teams who can show Caribbean Calypso Football.

Apart from participation in the Dana Cup, Anton Corneal is also willing to investigate an extended partnership all year round in regards to Elite Football between Trinidad & Tobago and Fortuna Hjørring.


Photo: There was also time for football talk at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Port of Spain.


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Dana Cup in the first line in USA

Dana Cup is in the front row when 6.300 American soccer coaches walk around the huge exhibition with soccer equipement, travel and experiences in Philadelphia on the American east coast.

With more than 300 exhibitors, you will find everything a soccer fanatic desires.

The Dana Cup is among the 6.300 soccer coaches and around 11.000 visitors at the United Soccer Coaches Convention 2018 Philadelphia.

Dana Cup's booth has seen many visitors. There is an increased interest for American teams to travel to soccer tournaments in Europe and especially to the Dana Cup in Hjørring.

The convention in Philadelphia, that assists with the interest to participate in the Dana Cup started on the 17th and will end on the 20th of January and the Dana Cup are hoping to have many orders in the books. 


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Tell us your story - IF Brommapojkarna - Sweden - G14

Tell us briefly the history of your club/team?

Is it your first time at the Dana Cup if not how many times has your club participated?

What are your goals and expectations for the Dana Cup 2018?

The football club IF Brommapojkarna was founded in 1942 and today we have 250 teams in various age groups with 4.000 active players and 700 coaches in total. Our vision is that everyone should feel very welcome to play for any of our teams and explore football with joy. We have an academy for both boys and girls teams with academy coaches, all the other teams are trained and coached by parents. The youngest teams in our club start at 8 years old and we usually have about 35 new teams every season. 

Our name Brommapojkarna translates "The Bromma Boys" but you should know that roughly one quarter of the teams are girl teams and the club work on many ambitious initiatives to evolve the girls and women`s team for the future.

We believe we are Europe's largest football club in terms of registered players and we have at the moment 63 professional players in various European leagues that has been raised within our youth organization. Last year when Sweden played France at the World Cup 2018 qualifications in Russia we had 3 players in the starting line-up who started their careers at BP as kids.   

In Dana Cup we will play G14, our team is the development team next to the academy team and we both train and play games as often as the academy team. In 2017 we have played 80 games in total. The team is a mix of players from various parts of Stockholm and we keep strong focus on team spirit and social activites. This winter we have for example explored wrestling and kick-boxing training together. 

All our league games are played on artificial grass and during the winter we play 5-a-side futsal indoor on handball pitches or in the clubs indoor arena that has plastic grass.  

In Dana Cup we are looking forward to playing on your grass pitches that look amazing on the pictures and it will also be our first tournament abroad.

Website: http://ifbp.se

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brommapojkarna/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ifbp

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpf04u/





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United Soccer Coaches Convention

17-21 January 2018 – Philadelphia, USA

Billed as “The World’s Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches and Administrators” the United Soccer Coaches Convention and US Youth Soccer Workshop draws more than 6,300 coaches, and more than 11,000 attendees. Over five days there will be more than 250 educational opportunities consisting of live field demonstrations, classroom sessions, meal and social functions, award presentations, coaching diplomas and more!

Will you be in Philly for the United Soccer Coaches convention?

The Dana Cup Hjørring will be present as usual, networking and securing American teams for our summer tournament and much more.

Catch up with our staff at booth 813 in the Exhibition Hall #PHL18 

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Tell us your story - JVW - South Africa - G16

Tell us briefly the history of your club/team?
The JVW Girls football development was established in 2012 and was founded by South African Womens Football Captain and current Houston Dash Defender, Janine van Wyk, giving birth to it’s sub-programs, JVW FC and JVW Girls Schools League. These two programs give opportunity to the different levels of the women’s game. The schools league in 2017 hosted 74 schools and a total of 147 school teams stemming across all age groups namely, U15, U17 and Opens in the areas of Johannesburg and Pretoria. This is a way to improve football skills from grass root levels and help improve competitiveness and most importantly, the love for the game.
The JVW Football club caters for girls from the age of 6 all the way up to Senior National Level. In the club structure there’s a Development team (for beginners), an U14 Team, an U16 Team, a Senior Team, a First Team and a Vets Team.The First Team take part in the highest league for women in the country, the SASOL League and finished as the country’s runners-up in the 2016 SASOL League campaign in their debut appearance at the SASOL League National Championships. Janine van Wyk served as a player-coach in the teams successful year, before being signed to the NWSL
Our youth teams consist of around 40 – 50 girls who are passionate and dedicated to the women’s game, and their collective aim is to play professionally, this is where our High level training programs come into effect, resulting in National team Selections.

Is it your first time at the Dana Cup if not how many times has your club participated?

We have travelled to the Dana Cup once before, in 2016 where we took a Junior team (a combination of some of the U14 girls and U16 girls), so this will be our second appearance at the Dana Cup to date.

What are your goals and expectations for the Dana Cup 2018?

Our goals and expectations for the Dana Cup this year are slightly different to that of when we made our debut. Before we went to gain experience and identify the different levels of womens football abroad. This year we would like to go and compete and in doing so look to progress further, potentially securing a spot in the semi finals.

Website: www.jvw5.co.za

Facebook: jvwgirlsfootball

Twitter: jvwgirlsfootbal

Instagram: @jvwgirlsfootball


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Dana Cup Hjørring and Fårup Sommerland ready for 2018!

We will continue our fantastic partnership and Fårup Sommerland will be filled with Dana Cup guests once again in 2018.

Fårup Sommerland is one of Denmark's largest tourist attractions, with more than 60 wild, fun and crazy wet rides. If you love action, speed and excitement - there's plenty of speed within the park when you get ready for one of Fårup's many rollercoasters. Fårup's latest amusement "The Whirlwind" throws you up and down from 19 meters high while rotating around. In Fårup you will also find Denmark's largest heated aquapark. There are plenty of water slides in the water park for wild ones, who can not get enough speed and excitement. If you like a dare, try the "Water Cannon", which is the world's first outdoor watercourse with a free fall and two loops. Once the entrance fee is paid, all amusements and the Aquapark are free.

Something new in 2018 is, 2 coaches will get free entrance into the park per 15 paying players and Fårup Sommerland are making a brand new ”Trainers Lounge”. The lounge is for coaches and leaders who wish to relax and it will also be a meeting place for when your group will depart from the park. 

Book your Fårup Sommerland tickets or armband in good time via your Dana Cup login page. Via your login, you can order one time tickets or armbands for the whole week. Tickets with Dana Cup transport on Friday or Saturday can be purchased on arrival to the tournament in our Information Center.
Read more about Fårup Sommerland here

We will be running different competitions via SoMe up to the start of the Dana Cup Hjørring 2018, so make sure you follow our SoMe channels.

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Hotel bookings for 2018

Secure your accommodation at the Dana Cup Hjørring 2018. 

We have numerous alternative accommodations available for teams wishing to upgrade or for parents and supporters who are travelling to Hjørring to watch their kids play.

Denmark is a fantastic holiday destination in the summer time with shopping, city life, culture, atmosphere and much more.

When you book your hotel or other accommodation via the Dana Cup you get a 5% discount on your D-band (players, coaches and leaders) and a 10% discount on your Dana Cup-band (parents or supporters) – so make your booking today!

See more here or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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