The Under-19 teams of Barcelona, Benfica, Real Madrid and Salzburg will be in action at the Colovray Stadium in Nyon in the finals of the 2016/17 UEFA Youth League.
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The top European footballers of tomorrow will be in action later this month at the Colovray Stadium in Nyon during the finals of the UEFA Youth League.
Highlighting the importance of the competition, now in its fourth edition, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin says: "In just four seasons, the UEFA Youth League has already had a demonstrable impact, with players, referees and coaches all benefiting from this initiative to reduce the gap between youth and senior teams and offer talented young players a taste of elite European competition."
The local community, as well as friends, families and clubs, are invited to come to see some of the best young players of today and big names of the future showcase their skills. The matches are scheduled over two days:
Friday 21 April
- 13:00CET – Semi-final 1: Barcelona v Salzburg
- 17:00CET – Semi-final 2: Real Madrid v Benfica
Monday 24 April
- 17:00CET – Final
"Nyon is very lucky to have the opportunity to host the UEFA Youth League finals each season and see the top footballers of tomorrow playing on a European stage," says mayor of Nyon, Daniel Rossellat. "This tournament and its international TV coverage help raise the profile of our town."
The UEFA Foundation for Children, which encourages every child to develop their talents, is partnering the UEFA Youth League and has invited budding young film directors from the local Camp Cinema group to produce a film about the competition.
Tickets for the public
Prices: Under-19s: CHF 5; adults: CHF 10
Ticket office: Colovray Sports Centre, open 10–13 April and 18–20 April, between 12:00 and 19:00 (payment in cash, Swiss francs only).
No tickets will be sold on matchdays. All gate receipts will go to the UEFA Foundation for Children to help make the dreams of seriously ill young football fans come true.
Media accreditation: Media representatives wishing to attend the semi-finals and/or final are invited to register here by 12:00CET on 9 April.
Non-rights holders are advised they will not be allowed to film during matches. However, they will have access to the post-match media activities provided they have the necessary accreditation. For more information, contact UYLFticketing@uefa.ch or call +41 (0)22 707 22 11 during the ticket office opening hours (from 8 April).
BEFORE/AFTER THE MATCHES
- Various activities will take place before and after the games, from 10:30 to 19:30 on Friday 21 April and from 14:30 to 19:30 on Monday 24 April. Fans can have photos taken with the trophy, try 'Foot Air', marvel at freestylers, learn more about refereeing and the UEFA Foundation for Children, have their faces painted in team colours, take part in sponsor activities, and much more. Christian Karembeu will be present as event ambassador.
- On Friday 21 April local clubs will be involved in a UEFA Youth League junior mini-tournament.
Note to editors
The UEFA Youth League aims to further develop youth football at professional club level, to reduce the gap between sides' youth and first teams and to offer Under-19 players unique international experience and competition matches. Broadcast live on several TV networks and attracting some 12,000 spectators, the UEFA Youth League's winners take away the Lennart Johansson trophy. Visit www.uefa.com/uefayouthleague for more details.
Established in 2015, the UEFA Foundation for Children is a charitable organisation governed by Swiss law. It defends the rights of underprivileged children by using the power of football to improve their lives and to help them develop their potential and find their place in the community. The foundation currently invests in more than 60 projects in 50 countries worldwide. More than 500,000 children have already benefited from the foundation's work since its creation.