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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 19:05    Post subject: International Challenge Trophy Reply with quote

This is a tournament which is almost anonymous in European football, yet is played by national teams of high standard.


Basically it is open to Under 23 (i.e. Olympic) national teams. However, in many countries they restrict this to Under 23s playing in the home league and/or to Under 23s who are not professionals...

In England it is limited to Under 23s playing Tier 5 or lower, the team being called England C.

In Italy, it's for Lega C.

Each edition lasts 2 seasons and involves Groups then Semi-Finals.

Many games are played on FIFA international dates.


In 2005-07 it was the European Challenge Trophy:
Quote:

http://www.rsssf.com/tablese/eurochall-u23-06.html

Group only

England 9pts(c), Belgium 6ps, Netherlands 3pts, Italy 0pts
15 Nov 2005... Belgium 0-2 England
30 Nov 2005... Netherlands 2-1 Italy
15 Feb 2006... England 3-1 Italy
22 Feb 2006... Netherlands 0-2 Belgium
29 Nov 2006... Italy 0-1 Belgium, England 4-1 Netherlands


In 2007-09 it was the International Challenge Trophy:
Quote:

http://www.rsssf.com/tablese/eurochall-u23-09.html

2 groups of 4 > Final

Group A
England 7pts(q), Finland 6pts, Italy 4pts, Wales 0pts
14 Nov 2007... Finland 0-2 England, Italy 4-2 Wales
20/21 Feb 2008... England 2-1 Wales
02 Apr 2008... Finland 2-1 Italy
12 Nov 2008... Italy 2-2 England
18 Nov 2008... Wales 0-1 Finland

Group B
Belgium (q), Eire, Northern Ireland 0pts, Slovakia
* Netherlands withdrew before start and were replaced by Slovakia
13 Nov 2007... Eire 2-0 Slovakia
11 Dec 2007... Belgium 2-1 Northern Ireland
25 Mar 2008... Slovakia 1-1 Belgium
13 May 2008... Northern Ireland 0-1 Eire
21 Oct 2008... Eire 1-2 Belgium
18 Nov 2008... Slovakia 1-0 Northern Ireland

Final
19 May 2009... England 0-1 Belgium


In 2009-11, again ICT:
Quote:

http://www.footballzz.co.uk/edicao.php?id_edicao=18138

3 groups of 4 > Semi-Finals > Final

Drawn 28 Aug 2009 in Dublin
Minimum criteria: U23 players without Senior caps
http://www.fai.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=100266:ireland-to-compete-in-u23-international-challenge-trophy&catid=2:under-23&Itemid=10

Group A
Italy 7pts(q), Belgium 6pts(q), Romania 4pts, Malta 0pts
2 Dec 2009... Malta 1-3 Italy
10 Mar 2010... Romania 0-0 Italy
31 Mar 2010... Belgium 1-0 Malta
11 May 2010... Belgium 1-0 Romania
20 Oct 2010... Malta 0-4 Romania (postponed from April due to volcanic ash)
10 Nov 2010... Italy 4-1 Belgium

Group B
England 6pts(q), Eire 3pts, Estonia 0pts
* Hungary scratched before tournament draw, hence 3-team group
26 May 2010... Eire 1-2 England
28 Sep 2010... Estonia 0-1 Eire
12 Oct 2010... Estonia 0-1 England

Group C
Portugal 7pts(q), Northern Ireland 4pts, Poland 4pts, Wales 1pt
10 Oct 2009... Poland 0-0 Portugal
24 Nov 2009... Northern Ireland 2-2 Wales
3 Mar 2010... Portugal 7-2 Wales
11 Aug 2010... Northern Ireland 2-0 Poland
12 Oct 2010... Portugal 2-0 Northern Ireland
13 Oct 2010... Wales 0-2 Poland

Semi-Finals
9 Feb 2011... England 1-0 Belgium
23 Mar 2011... Italy 2-3 Portugal (aet)

Final
19 May 2011... England 0-1 Portugal



Now the 2011-13 edition is underway, but as always information is limited and very sketchy:
Quote:

Group ??
5 Oct 2011... Estonia 1-2 Wales
?? May/June 2012... Norway v Wales (venue ??)

Group ??
Belgium, England, Italy, Russia
28 Feb 2012... England v Italyn
?? Jun 2012... Russia v England
?? Sep 2012... Belgium v England


Does anyone have details of upcoming fixtures or recent results?

What are the criteria of your country's team?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Groupstage seems to be approaching its conclusion.

Looks like only 8 sides entered this season with 2 groups of 4.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011%E2%80%9313_International_Challenge_Trophy
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