We are very proud of our third-place finishers from the
@mfootballcup, who also were awarded the tournament’s Fair Play trophy. Congrats to champions FC Barcelona and finalists Madrid CFF, and to all our dedicated and talented XF girls!
After last week’s hugely successful run to the Final of the Dordrecht Football Cup by Crossfire BU-18/19 DA, our XF girls are getting into the European act, with the U-16 girls jetting off to Spain for this weekend’s Madrid Football Cup.
The U-16-only tournament is one of the most important girls’ tournaments internationally, with some of the top clubs in the world competing over three days at the José Caballero Sports Center in Alcobendas, Spain, a suburb of Madrid. Crossfire joins Manchester City (England), SC ´t Gooi (Netherlands), JyPK (Finland), Madrid CFF (Spain), and FC Honka (Finland) in Group B, with FC Barcelona (Spain), Atlético Madrid (Spain), Stabæk Fotball (Norway), Rayo Vallecano (Spain), RKvv DIA (Netherlands) and Boldklubben af 1893 (Denmark) making up Group A.
The Crossfire Premier roster for this event includes the six 2002-born players on the club’s current GU-16/17 DA team, as well as players from the GU-16 ECNL squad. For each, it’s a chance to test themselves in an international environment, where they’ll face a variety of playing styles and player attributes.
“Our boys’ program has benefitted greatly from regular competition in Europe, and it’s equally important for us to provide similar opportunities to our girls,” said Director Bernie James. “Our players aspire to be elite, and to get there, we need for them to play against top teams, to learn to function against different styles of play and eventually, become comfortable adapting to any environment. Our Development Academy schedule already puts us in a position to play the best in this country, but by traveling to Europe regularly, we can also show these players what the international standard is like.”
Along with the U-16s, two more Crossfire girls teams are slated to cross the Atlantic this year, with the Girls U-14 DA (2004) team competing in the prestigious Lennart Johannsen Academy Cup in Stockholm, Sweden in May. Later in 2018, the Crossfire U-12 (2006) girls will be traveling to Europe for an eight-day program split equally between Amsterdam and Paris.
“As with the boys’ program, this is meant to provide a template for future years,” James continued. “Each season we expect to send our U-12, U-14 and U-16 girls teams on these trips, and working with our partners AcademyTrips.com, we’re assured to receive professional-level treatment in Europe for each team, providing them with top-level competition as well as the host of educational opportunities that come along with traveling to a foreign country.”
The team departed Seattle on March 27, and will have two days of training in preparation for the tournament’s first kick on Friday. Each game of the tournament will be streamed live on XF Live, and because of the time difference, also archived so folks back home can watch later in the day in Seattle.
MADRID FOOTBALL CUP (all times Pacific)
Friday, March 30
2 a.m. Crossfire Premier vs. SC’t Gooi (Ned) https://mycujoo.tv/crossfire-premier-sc?id=cjf97p47400013k6jvo7q5k9v
4 a.m. Crossfire Premier vs. Manchester City (UK) https://mycujoo.tv/crossfire-premier-sc?id=cjf97w3o000033k6jthd51zq6
9 a.m. Crossfire Premier vs. Madrid CFF (Esp) https://mycujoo.tv/crossfire-premier-sc?id=cjf97ygwt00053k6jcnqw8pls
Saturday, March 31
2 a.m. Crossfire Premier vs. JyPK (Fin) https://mycujoo.tv/crossfire-premier-sc?id=cjf98179900093k6jg8mp3f7w
4 a.m. Crossfire Premier vs. FC Honka https://mycujoo.tv/crossfire-premier-sc?id=cjf984fgy000b3k6jqcd8bs4y
8:30 a.m. Semi-Finals Crossfire Premier vs FC Barcelona https://mycujoo.tv/crossfire-premier-sc?id=15741
Sunday, April 1
Playoff games— TBD
You can follow along with the team’s experience in Spain on Twitter @crossfireprmr and Instagram @crossfire.premier. Or you can follow the Madrid Football Cup directly at the sites below:
Madrid Football Cup
Instagram Rotterdam Football Cup
Twitter Madrid Football Cup
Facebook Madrid Football Cup
Tournament Schedule Madrid Football Cup