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Complete draw takes place for SuperCupNI 2024 Boys Tournament

The draw for the 2024 SuperCupNI took place at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

The draw for the 2024 SuperCupNI took place at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.


Former Northern Ireland captain Aaron Hughes was on hand to conduct the draw, which has attracted entrants from across the world and includes household names including Manchester United, Rangers, Celtic and West Ham United.



Hughes, who is now Technical Director at the Irish FA, paid tribute to the tournament and said it played a pivotal role in launching his career, which saw him earn 112 caps for his country and play in the English Premier League.


Aaron Hughes on hand at the SuperCupNI 2024 Draw

Aaron Hughes on hand at the SuperCupNI 2024 Draw


“The tournament provides an incredible opportunity for our young players locally to showcase their talent and play against top class teams from across the world.


“The tournament attracts all the scouts and recruitment teams and they come over here to check out the Northern Irish players and compare them against players from across the world.



“It played a significant role in my development as a young footballer, and I can still remember the buzz of playing at the tournament and it certainly led to incredible opportunities for me as a 14 year old when clubs first started to show interest in me.”


In the Minor section, reigning champions Celtic will take on 2019 winners Glentoran, while tournament newcomers and SPL side Ross County will take on tournament regulars Glenavon and Linfield.


Cool FM’s Pete Snodden, IFA Technical Director Aaron Hughes and Ross Lazaroo-Hood of Clearer Water at the SuperCupNI 2024 Draw

Cool FM’s Pete Snodden, IFA Technical Director Aaron Hughes and Ross Lazaroo-Hood of Clearer Water at the SuperCupNI 2024 Draw


In the Junior section, West Ham United, who triumphed in the Junior section in 2023 will face local side County Londonderry, while Rangers will face tournament debutants Bahrain and County Fermanagh. Celtic will face two counties in County Down and County Armagh and Londoners Charlton Athletic in Group B.


The Premier section, Manchester United will face a team which is the brainchild of tournament graduate and former United player Febian Brandy, in Skouted. Group E will see a Scottish derby as Rangers face Hamilton Accies, while Group C includes County Down and three newcomers in West Cork Academy, Barca Academy Dubai and Toluca from Mexico.



The 2024 tournament will take place from 21st to 26th July, with the traditional parade and opening ceremony kicking off proceedings on 21st July and the tournament will close with finals day on Friday 26th July.


MINOR SECTION


Group A – Ballymena United, Cliftonville, Surf Select and Kilmarnock.

Group B – Glenavon, Linfield, Ross County and Stevenage FC.

Group C – Coleraine, Crusaders, IDA Bermuda and Plymouth Argyle.

Group D – Loughgall, Glentoran, USSSA and Celtic.


JUNIOR SECTION


Group A – County Fermanagh, Bahrain National Team, FC America and Rangers FC.

Group B – County Down, County Armagh, Charlton Athletic and Celtic FC.

Group C – County Tyrone, County Antrim, DME Football and Blackburn Rovers.

Group D – County Londonderry, St Francis FC , Stevenage FC and West Ham United.



PREMIER SECTION


Group A – County Armagh, County Antrim, Shoshi HS and Middlesbrough.

Group B – County Londonderry, Dundalk Schoolboys League, Inter CT, Brighton and Hove Albion.

Group C – County Down, West Cork Academy, Barca Academy Dubai and Toluca CF.

Group D – County Fermanagh, Skouted, Intercontinental FA (USA) and Manchester United.

Group E – County Tyrone, Hamilton Academicals, Otago and Rangers FC.

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