The Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup is coming back to the capital in February


It is the first edition of the tournament since 2019.

It’s good news for Abu Dhabi’s budding football stars as The Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup is back.

Kicking off for the first time since 2019, the tournament will offer players of all abilities have a chance to showcase their skills from 18 to 19 February next year.

Attracting interest from football teams around the world as well as Manchester City’s Academy players, participants will be able to develop the technique under the watchful eyes of coaches and scouts at the Zayed City Sports Stadium.

The 2023 edition of the tournament will see six categories with boys competing at under 8s, under 10s, under 12s and under 14s and girls competing at under 11s and under 14s.

Off the pitch and away from the action, families will be able to enjoy live entertainment and fun activities in the City Village.



Speaking on the announcement H.E. Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary, Abu Dhabi Sports Council said; “Abu Dhabi Sports Council is delighted to once again support the Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup. Football tournaments in the capital city are essential to ensure the growth, further development and improvement of the football landscape in the UAE.

“We are very excited to see the cup competition return in 2023 and are looking forward to welcoming teams from the region competing alongside youth Abu Dhabi football clubs.”

Launched in 2017, the youth tournament has grown in stature over the years, attracting global interest with participation from 13 countries representing four continents, more than 1,750 players and 4,000 spectators.

To register for The Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup visit mancity.com/city-football-schools/manchester-city-abu-dhabi-cup-2023.


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Matt Cassidy

When he is not hunting for the latest piece of Abu Dhabi news, Matt is ticking off his UAE bucket-list experiences (although he does love to take a break to test out the fine restaurants and bars of the capital). An armchair sports lover, he is on a personal mission to attend every sporting event in the UAE to make out for most likely missing the big one in Doha in November.