Yorkshire’s elite teams take on the world to achieve Youdan glory

Four of the region’s biggest football teams are hoping to secure a place in the sporting history books in a few days time.

Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Doncaster Rovers and Leeds United are set to compete in the fourth year of the now annual Youdan Trophy.

They will play top international clubs like the Seattle Sounders – the cup holders for the past two years running – Oman’s Al Habsi and Canada’s ANB Futbol.

Teams have been hand-picked to play in the tournament with many flying thousands of miles to compete in Sheffield, the home of football.

The Youdan Trophy takes its name from the man behind the game’s first interclub tournament that was played just once at Bramall Lane in 1867.

The Football Challenge Cup was sponsored by legendary local entrepreneur Thomas Youdan and won by Hallam FC.

Other teams set to compete next week include Wolves and Charlton Athletic.

The Youdan Trophy was started four years ago as a way of providing up-and-coming referees with top level match experience.

Youdan Trophy tournament director Jock Waugh said:  “These teams have the pick of tournaments anywhere on the planet but they increasingly choose the Youdan Trophy here in Sheffield – it’s a great honour to know we’re becoming the place to see the game’s stars of the future.”

The Youdan Trophy is a unique showcase of the game’s very best new talent via its under 16s and under 14s competition. The tournament attracts scouts from some of the world’s top clubs.

Top class refereeing is an integral part of the event. Mark Clattenburg – who officiated the UEFA Euro 2016 final – was a referee in 2017. Referees will be arriving in Sheffield from around the globe.

Youdan Trophy 2018 is staged from August 3rd until August 6th at Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park.

Spectators are welcome at all games.

You can also follow the Youdan Trophy on Twitter (@YoudanTrophy), Instagram (@YoudanTrophy) and Facebook (@YoudanTrophy).

The Youdan Trophy is sponsored by IPro Sport.

The organisation also runs grassroots/development tournaments and tours.

More information from youdantrophy.com