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Chesterfield to Host U17 Tournament Opener

30 October 2017

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Chesterfield has been named by UEFA and The Football Association as one of the host venues for the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final tournament next May.

Burton Albion, Loughborough University, Rotherham United, St George's Park and Walsall have also been selected to host the annual UEFA tournament.

The competition for Europe’s 16 elite nations will be played at venues across the Midlands and South Yorkshire with St George’s Park at its heart.

Chesterfield will host the opening game and Rotherham United will stage the final, with fixtures taking place from May 4 to May 20. 

Tickets will go on sale in January with the final draw taking place at St George’s Park in April. 

Wayne Rooney, Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba and Mario Götze are some of the famous names to have appeared at this level in the past with the competition acting as the perfect platform for young players to showcase their talents.

England who won the European Under-17 title in 2010 and 2014 and also finished runners- up to Spain in 2017, qualified automatically for the tournament as hosts.

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said: “The European Under-17 Championship gives football fans an early opportunity to watch talented young footballers as they start out on what they hope will be successful careers in the game.

“The competition also provides the youngsters with an ideal chance to perform on an international football stage.

“I am very happy that the finals are being staged in England. The Football Association are experienced hosts of major football events, and we are all looking forward to an exciting and entertaining tournament.”

England U17s head coach Steve Cooper added: "We are very proud to be hosting the men’s European Under-17 finals next summer.

"St George's Park will be at the heart of training and matches and all six venues will give the players an opportunity to perform at different stadiums.

"The tournament gives the towns and regions an opportunity to see the best young talent from across the continent and we are very much looking forward to the challenge.”

Chesterfield chief executive Michael Dunford commented: “We are very proud of the facilities we offer and our pride is endorsed by the fact that our stadium has once again been selected to host an international fixture.

“It is an honour for the club to be invited to host the opening fixture and I am sure that the Chesterfield public will turn out in numbers to support the Young Lions.”

The England U17s, who beat their Spanish counterparts 5-2 at the weekend to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup, are in Chesterfield next week. They face Portugal on Wednesday, November 8, kick-off 7pm.

Tickets for that match are priced at £3 for adults and £1.50 for concessions. Charter Standard grassroots clubs can claim a maximum of 25 free tickets while group bookings can be made for a minimum of 15 people at a cost of just 50p a ticket.

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