The corona virus does not spare anyone or anything: Cycling Tour of Flanders, European Football Championships… even the Olympic Games are postponed… It goes without saying that also the 25th anniversary edition of U13 Cup did not escape corona. In the interest of the health of the players participating and the 10.000 spectators the 25th edition is postponed and rescheduled in the weekend of 28, 29 and 30th May 2021.
It was supposed to become an unforgettable football fest. The U13 Cup organisers did not spare cost and effort to get the absolute top teams of international youth football to come to Bassevelde, with a fantastic line-up as a result: Juventus, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and FC Porto were coming and Celtic FC would be participating for the 24th time.But corona virus caught up with us.
More important than football
“In the interest of players, our volunteers and our 10.000 spectators we had no other choice than cancelling the tournament”, says U13 Cup president John De Pauw. “A lot of football academies have been closed for weeks now, and already some teams cancelled on us. For us as organisers it has been a race against time. That is why we decided on Friday night, 27th of March, to postpone the 25th anniversary edition for a year. At the moment, there are more important matters to tackle than football.”
For years, U13 Cup has set the standard for international youth football tournaments. The tournament in Bassevelde has built a solid reputation far and wide in Europe and beyond. A lot of international top players, including no less than 27 Belgian “Red Devils”, took their first steps in international football on the U13 Cup pitches. Even Belgian top cyclist Remco Evenepoel defended the PSV Eindhoven colours in Bassevelde. These and other stories are collected into a unique book, which would be published especially for the 25th anniversary of the tournament. But this publication is also postponed now. The corona pandemic will take up the only black page in this book. But the football community shows a lot of solidarity, so next year we will write another page of U13 Cup superlatives in our history!
We have already started preparations for edition 25 in the weekend of 28, 29 and 30 May 2021. Of course we continue to rely on the commitment of our sponsors and volunteers. Everyone will be contacted personally to make sure that the 2021 edition will be an absolute success. The organisers want to preserve the same line-up of teams for 2021 and will make every effort to succeed in doing that.
You’ll never walk alone!
U13 Cup organisers
The event takes place at the infrastructure of KVVK Bassevelde. There are parking facilities in Beekstraat and Kraaigemstraat. Entrance is 7 euro a day or 12 euro for the weekend. Kids age under 14 are allowed free entrance!
All relevant information concerning whereabouts, contact, route, Google Maps, downloads, etc. is to be found at the infopages.
The U13 CUP Bassevelde is without a doubt one of the most prestigious tournaments in Belgium. Because of the high quality organisation in the past 15 years, we were able to build up a solid reputation towards all the Belgian top teams. Also foreign teams, which often have a rich tradition in tournament participations, have all praised the impeccable organisation and have named our tournament as one of the best in Europe. Our tournament is rightfully called the "Champions League" of the U13!