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Local teams booted out of U-17 tourney

SOUTH African soccer clubs had a pool. run in the Gauteng Under-17 Future Champions International Cup when they were all eliminated from the tournament which is underway in Soweto. South African teams – Orlando Pirates, BidVest Wits, School of Excellence…Read more

The 2012 Future Champions Gauteng Excursion Day

Johannesburg, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 – The 2012 Future Champions Gauteng tournament sees world-class football over five days of competition, but is also a chance for the Gauteng province to showcase its excellent reputation as a leading tourist destination. Under-17…Read more


ORLANDO Pirates got off their Gauteng Under-17 Future Champions International Cup off to a flying start with a resounding 3-0 win against New England Revolution here yesterday. Played at the Nike Football Training centre in Pimville, the young Buccaneers dominated…Read more

Gauteng Future Champs Hit Soweto for Finals

By INFO SUPPLIED 23/03/2012 04:47:00 Font size: Developmental programme…GFC is growing popular outside SA Gauteng is set to experience a week of action-packed soccer when the 2012 Future Champions Gauteng takes place in Pimville, Soweto. Normal 0 false false false…Read more

U17s in Gauteng Future Champions Tournament

Posted on 26 March 2012 – 12:22 Orlando Pirates Under17 team will begin their journey towards winning the GAUTENG Future Champions tournament when they take on New England Revolution from the USA at the Nike Centre in Soweto at 15h00…Read more

2012 Future Players Semi-Finals

Johannesburg, Friday, 23 March 2012 – The semi-finals of the 2012 Future Players Talent Search will take place at the Nike Football Training Centre on Saturday (24 March) as the remaining hopefuls in the competition try to impress the coaches…Read more

South Africa to thrill Nania

FC Nania is one of the teams that will participate in the Gauteng Under-17 2012 Future Champions Tournament, that will be held at the Nike Football Training Centre from March 26 to 31. Club representative Isaac Ashong said they are…Read more

  • We had a wonderful football and cultural experience in Gauteng. The tournament and activities were very well organized and we found everyone involved extremely helpful and accommodating. We have all returned home with fantastic memories of our time in South Africa, both on and off the pitch, and have made many new friends as a result of the trip. I hope that we are invited to participate in future tournaments.

    Everton Academy Head Coach
  • The experience both on and off the field for our players during the Future Champions tournament in Gauteng was life-enriching for all those who participated. We were privileged enough to win this edition but what will be bringing us back in future is the cross-cultural education our players receive from spending time with athletes from all over the world. They are human beings before they are football players and enriching them with other cultures is as rewarding as the experience they receive on the field.

    Club Tijuana Director of Football
  • After twenty years of experiencing tournaments around the globe, Future Champions is hands down the best organized, well run International Tournament we have ever participated in. Bringing teams from dozens of different countries provided our boys exposure to cultural diversity they only read about in textbooks. It’s amazing how sport can be the cultural link that provides the opportunity to interact with each other and discover that our global community is a bit smaller than they realized. We had a football and cultural experience that will be cherished for the rest of our lives.

    Director of USYSA Select
  • For us to compete in Future Champions is much more than playing a series of matches. It is an opportunity to compete and contrast our level against the best teams from around the world and the possibility of living in another culture and environment for an unforgettable week, learning about the history of the fight for human rights.

    Director of Aspire Academy
  • The addition of a girls’ competition this year is a natural expansion for what has become a hugely popular event. Over and above the football, the players are also exposed to life-skills courses and HIV/AIDS awareness that could end up saving their lives in the future. We have had an amazing partnership with the Gauteng Province over the last decade and we thank each and every stakeholder for making the Future Champions Gauteng campaign such a huge success

    Tournament director