The Under 12s proudly wearing their gleaming new Manchester City kits
Manchester City Babies
The Pre-Season Gala Weekend Preview
The Baby Blues are bracing themselves for the Gala week this weekend. I would like to update everyone on the gala week.
The Gala Tournament takes place at the Tamale Kaladan Stadium and is open to all teams participating in the league. There are 20 teams registered in the league for the new season, but only 16 have confirmed their participation in the Gala weekend. The Gala is a knockout competition with the first round comprising all 16 teams that have entered. The 8 winning teams from the first round of matches progress to the next stage which will be the quarter finals. The first round (morning) and the quarter finals (evening) will be played on Saturday 27th June. The winning 4 teams after the Saturday evening games will be the fortunate teams to progress to the second day of matches.
On Sunday 28th June the semi-finals will be played in the morning and the Final for each age group will be in the evening. So in all we are going to have four rounds in the Gala and it will take two days,Saturday and Sunday. Because of the short period of time available for the Gala Tournament,each game will last for 40 minutes, 20 minutes each way.
The baby blues have been paired against Zaytuna FC in the first round of matches,which means we will be playing them in all the three divisions (U12s, U14s, U17s) in the first round on Saturday. The Gala weekend is a big test of the boys readiness for the new league season, whick kicks off on the weekend of 4th/5th July.
We are pleased that Soccer Babies (www.webjam.com/soccer_babies) are sponsoring our Gala weekend. More updates will follow about our progress in the Gala.