Background to this week’s Under-16 International Development Tournament in South Wales

Wales coach Geraint Williams will be looking to use this week to build towards next year's U-16 Euro qualifying campaign.
Wales coach Geraint Williams will be looking to use this week to build towards next year’s U-16 Euro 2014 qualifying campaign.

THURSDAY marks the start of a UEFA sponsored four-way Under-16 development tournament in South Wales featuring Wales, Northern Ireland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

As I wrote yesterday, the matches will be played across three host venues (Llanelli, Port Talbot and Briton Ferry) on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

The tournament is seen as a preparation exercise ahead of the two-stage qualification process to reach the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, with each of the nations involved missing out on this year’s finals in Slovakia in May.

From the first qualifying round only Northern Ireland progressed but then fell in the following qualification stage the ‘Elite round’.

Wales meanwhile lost all three of their qualifying round fixtures in Tallinn, Estonia back in October and three matches on home turf will provide manager Geraint Williams with the ideal opportunity to build for next year’s campaign.

Matches are 80 minutes in length and up to nine substitutes can be named and used. If the scores are level at the end of the 80 minutes a penalty shoot-out is used to decide the winner.

WALES: Luke Pilling (Tranmere Rovers), Lewis Thomas (Swansea City), Cian Harries (Coventry City), James Graham (Everton), Daniel Byrnes (Oldham Athletic), Rollin Menayese (Cardiff City), Rhys Abbruzzese (Cardiff City), Aaron Davies (Bristol City), Ioan Evans (Sheffield United), Joe McNulty (Bristol City), Tom Pearson (Cardiff City), Dylan Thomas (Swansea City), Joe Morrell (Bristol City), Shane Parry (Cardiff City), Daniel James (Hull City), William Abbotts (Bolton Wanderers), Charley Edge (Everton), Connor Lemonheigh-Evans (Bristol City), Elijah Phipps (Cardiff City), George Thomas (Coventry City)

NORTHERN IRELAND: Bradley McDonagh (Manchester City), Brett Long (Cliftonville), Ben Hall (Dungannon Swifts), Seanna Foster (St Oliver Plunkett), Scott Whiteside (Linfield), Connor Quigley (Trojans), Jason Greenaway (Gleavon), Mark Edgar (Bertie Peacock), Levi Ives (St Oliver Plunkett), Oran Barton (Bertie Peacock), Ben Kennedy (St Oliver Plunkett), Chris Paul (Tottenham Hotspur), Milo Downey (Colchester), Glen Law (Bertie Peacock), Andrew Hoey (Glenavon), Jonathan Smith (Linfield), Calvin Kennedy (Foyle Harps), Adam Sally (Linfield), Stephen Fallon (St Oliver Plunkett), Andrew Mooney (Cliftonville)

Unable to obtain Iceland and Faroe Island squads.



  1. This is the Faroese squad:

    – Teit Jacobsen, Hilmar Leon Jakobsen, Bartal Wardum and Jákup Ludvig Thomsen, from HB
    – Beteul Hansen, Petur Knudsen and Meinhard Olsen, from NSÍ
    – Símun Jóhan Wolles, Jan á Høgaryggi and Rói Olsen, from EB/Streymur
    – Hjalti Strømsten and Óla Kristian Jacobsen, from Víkingur
    – Jóhan Waag Høgnesen and Mikkjal á Bergi, from KÍ
    – Høgni E. Nielsen, from 07 Vestur
    – Absalon Eliasen, from Randers FC (Denmark)
    – Levi Jøkladal, from ÍF
    – Ari Krosslá Poulsen, from FC Suðuroy



  2. No problem 🙂 Regarding the 1-1 draw between Wales and Faroe Islands today: it might seem as a big surprise. It kinda is, but there is also another explanation to this good result.

    Many of the boys in the Faroese squad are a part of the experiment, which started in August 2012, with a football-academy class in the 9th grade in public school (the last year of public school). The idea is to collect all the best players in the country and thereby higher the level of the training. In the evenings these guys then train with their respective clubs. So these guys get much more training than young footballer on the Faroe Islands are use to.


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