Equality for all and building new friendships were the main themes of the All Equal All Different competition for Under-11s which took place in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, on 5 February.
A total of 72 children from nine football clubs from Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Austria were invited to the fourth staging of the event, in which the players were split up into 12 new six-a-side teams, all playing under the name of a different country. Each of the children had their own nation of origin on the back of their shirt, with a total of 17 countries represented including Brazil, Spain and Laos.
"All Equal All Different was again very successful," grassroots competition and social events manager at the Liechtenstein Football Association (LFV), Sandra Schwendener told UEFA.com. "The aim was to bring children from different countries together, to let them know that everybody is equal, even though everyone is different, and to find new friends as they hadn't met before.
"After being mixed up into new teams, some of the children were a little bit shy and reserved, while others were curious and open-minded, but after they played their first match together, they started to smile and to cheer up. During the lunch break each new team was sitting together, eating and laughing."
Every side in the tournament played a total of 90 minutes, with five 15-minute qualification games followed by a final round of 15-minute classification matches. A total of 468 goals were scored on the day. The 'Italy' team ended the event as winners, defeating 'Spain' in the final.
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