The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and Scotiabank have announced the Scotiabank NextPlay Cup, a new invitational youth tournament that will be held from November 10 – December 8, across the four territories of CONCACAF Member Associations, including the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
The announcement of the tournament, which featured football officials, Scotiabank executives and government representatives, took place at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. Also in attendance were CONCACAF Director of Development, Jason Roberts and CONCACAF Player Ambassador Richard ‘Bibi’ Gardner, former Jamaica international.
This pan-regional Scotiabank competition, held in collaboration with each of the participating Member Associations, is a new pillar of CONCACAF NextPlay, a comprehensive grassroots development program that promotes access to football within the region, while leveraging the power of the game to drive social change.
“We are very excited to partner with Scotiabank to host the Scotiabank NextPlay Cup as we continue delivering on a core principle of CONCACAF — providing access to play the game, in meaningful and sustainable ways,” said CONCACAF President, Victor Montagliani. “The competition has been designed to provide boys and girls with an opportunity to learn and practice football skills, while fostering a wide range of social values including hard work, fair play, teamwork and respect.”
“At Scotiabank, we share the passion for football with our employees, customers, and the communities we serve, so we are happy to be providing opportunities for children to play football. We are confident that this will be an experience that will allow participating schools and students to develop their football skills while encouraging teamwork, leadership, and healthy competition,” said the SVP & Head of the Caribbean North and Central, and President of Scotiabank Jamaica, David Noel.
Over 2,000 boys and girls ages 10-11 will participate in the tournament, that will feature a total of 224 schools, including 56 school teams from each of the participating Member Associations.
The teams of 10 players, who will compete in a 7v7 format, will be divided between urban and rural regions, each further subdivided into four groups of six teams.
Participating CONCACAF Member Associations have sanctioned the Scotiabank NextPlay Cup, recognizing it as a top-class youth football competition. The primary partners of the tournament are the local Ministers of Education, which have approved the schools’ participation with the aim of creating a unified competition that promotes the practice of sports and transcends national, cultural, and socioeconomic barriers.