Hey guys, guess what?! We are going on a European Tour!!!
We are really proud to announce that our men’s team have been invited to take part in the UEFA-sanctioned Fenix Trophy, an invite-only competition, for clubs playing at a non-professional level with exceptional community focus, social purpose and an innovative approach to the future of the game.
This will be the third season that the season has taken place. Last season tournament was won by FC Skjold of Copenhagen who beat Prague Raptors in the San Siro in Milan.
We are not the only English club taking part as the 2021/22 winners, FC United of Manchester are also in the tournament. The full list of the twelve clubs taking part is being announced on a daily basis, until the end of this week, prior to the draw taking place next week. So far the following clubs have been announced as taking part in the tournament:
– FC Skjold (Denmark)
– Llantwit Major (Wales)
– Prague Raptors (Czechia)
– Venus Bucuresti (Romania)
– FC United of Manchester (England)
– Vinsky FC (France)
– KSK Beveren (Belgium)
And us! From the teams still to be announced there will be at least one further English side – keep an eye on the Fenix Trophy twitter feed for updates. We will be drawn apart from the English sides.
The draw is due to take place next week, and we will be in a group of three teams playing each other twice, which means TWO European away days (and nights) to look forward to!!
How many teams are involved?
Twelve teams involved with four groups of three.
How do you enter?
The tournament is invite-only, making a it huge privilege to be asked. Kudos to our Chair Stu for his negotiations behind the scenes to secure us an invite.
Will we be able to watch the games from abroad if we can’t make the trips?
It is expected that all games will be streamed via the official Fenix Trophy YouTube Channel. The games will feature double commentary, both in the home team’s and away team’s language.
When will the games be played?
Once the draw has taken place, we will work with our group opponents to find suitable dates. Last season the first group matches took place in October, with the finals taking part in early in June. We are likely to play two games before Christmas and two between January and early April.
What is the format?
It is four groups of three teams, with the four group winners, going through to the semi-finals.
The semi-finals are one-leg, and played at a neutral venue in Italy, with the Finals and 3rd/4th Play-off taking place the following day. Last season the Semi-Finals were played in the historic Arena Civica in Milan, whilst the following day the Final and 3/4th games were played at the San Siro in Milan. Before anyone gets too excited, unfortunately a different venue in Italy will be used next season.
More details will be published in due course.