- Rules & Constitution can be found in documents
- Meeting Tuesday 24/3 8:30pm Pilots row
- Fixtures are now on site
- Match cards can be picked up @ Tuesday nights meeting
Derry & District Youth F.A came into being in 1972 at the very height of the troubles here inDerry. Our city was going through a horrendous time with major rioting on the streets and many of the youth of this city were engaged in this rioting.
A group of football enthusiasts, who could best be described as ‘voluntary youth workers’, got together and decided to start a football league to better cater for the needs of our youth and to engage them in more meaningful activities.
From such humble beginnings our league has blossomed into one of the most highly respected organizations throughoutIreland, catering for more than 80 teams from age 9 to 16.
We have our own Development Centre, supported by our Senior Club Derry City FC, where our qualified coaches work weekly with the better players in each of the various age groups. All of these coaches are qualified IFA coaches and gained these qualifications at their own expense. They receive no payment from this Association for their work. Added to this, ex senior pros help out with the coaching eg Jobby Crossan ex Man City and Sunderland captain.
It was decided in 1992 that since many of the kids who belonged to our Association were being deprived of the opportunity to compete in tournaments on the British mainland due to the fact that their parents could not afford the expense of such trips
( Derry is an area of Ireland that suffers high levels of unemployment and deprivation), that we should start up our own tournament the FOYLE CUP and invite teams here to Derry to play against our Development teams.
We started with a one day tournament. It has now grown to such an extent that it takes place over 6 days – attracts more than 130 teams – teams of the calibre of Werder Bremen, Ferencvaros, Fulham, Montpellier, Paris St Germain, Brescia, Gothenberg, Aalberg, Sporting Lokeren, Armenia Belield, Charlton Athletic, Blackburn Rovers, Hearts, Aberdeen, Raith Rovers, Wrexham, Sheffield Utd, Sheffield Weds, Boston Utd, and many other clubs from the British mainland have competed.
Despite the interest from English, Scottish and European clubs, we have remained very loyal to our Irish kids for we have it in our constitution that no matter how successful the event should become, we will always cater for a 50% Irish entry.
Each year we have received application forms from all overIreland. Clubs such as Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians, Finn Harps, Glentoran, Coleraine, Ballymena Utd., Linfield, Institute, Limavady Utd, Derry City as well as representative teams from Dublin Schoolboys, Dundalk Schools, Waterford & District League and many more. The basic reason for insisting on a large Irish entry is that we think the Foyle Cup tournament should be a ‘shop window’ for Irish kids and this is what it has become, for our tournament has to be one of the most heavily scouted tournaments in Europe.
Teams P Pts Newbuildings 4 10 Trojans 3 7 Trojans (15) 4 7 Tristar U16 2 4 Brightstars 3 3 Foyle Harps 2 3 Strabane Athletic 1 3 Benbradagh Colts 4 0 Eglinton 3 0
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