14.02.2015 Norwich City Academy in Cologne
Saturday, 14 February 2015 11:34

On the weekend of 6th – 8th February Norwich City Academy travelled with three teams to Cologne to take part in the Ford Indoor Masters organised by the local club CfB Ford Niehl.

Over the weekend each team would take part in a half-day tournament in the “cages” of Soccer World. In addition a further small-sided outdoor tournament was staged for each of the age-groups so that no one could complain of a lack of football.

City’s players were to stay with host families of the FC Hennef 05, one of the top local clubs involved in the tournament. With City arriving on Friday morning the rest of Friday was spent at the ground of FC Hennef, only 20 minutes from the airport. Lunch was provided and both indoor and outdoor training facilities were available to the Canaries before the host families arrived to pick up the lads for their first night in Germany. Photos from Friday here.

Saturday morning saw an early start for two of the three teams. The Under-10s played their Indoor Masters in the Soccer World while the Under-12s travelled to the outdoor venue in the North of Cologne for their outdoor competition.

The Under-10s finished second in their group indoors, following convincing wins against host club CfB Ford Niehl and Velbert and a 5-3 defeat against 1FC Mönchengladbach. In the quarter-final City faced favourites FC Cologne and held their own well for the first half of the match before finally losing out 6-2.  In the play-offs for places 5 to 8 the youngsters secured a good 5th place in the tournament with victories against RW Essen and KRC Genk.  Photos from the tournament here.

The Under-12s topped their group outdoors in games against SG Nürnberg, SV Siegburg and Ford Niehl. A 4-1 Quarter-final win saw them into the semi-finals where they lost 4-0 and ended up finishing 4th in the tournament.  Photos from the Tournament from CfB Ford Niehl here.

While the 10s and 12s now went off with their host families to enjoy Cologne and surroundings on Saturday afternoon, the Under-13s were in action in their outdoor tournament.

The Under-13s won their group in convincing manner with three victories against TV Mainz, GW Brauweiler and FV Löchgau. That saw them come up against their new friends from FC Hennef in Quarter-final. Hennef ran out 2-1 winners in a tight game. The disappointment was clear with bragging rights for the evening with the Hennef host families. Photos from the tournament here.

Sunday morning saw the Under-12s in action in the Indoor Masters while the Under-10s were in outdoor action.

The Under-12s were in a Group of 6 indoors with 24 teams in total in the tournament. While the Yellows recorded victory against Ford-Niehl (4-1), Sandhausen (2-1) and Siegburg (8-0) a 0-0 draw with RW Essen and in particular a 3-2 defeat against Trencin (Slovakia) meant City only finished 3rd in the group on goal difference and missed out on the quarter-finals.

In the matchesfor 9th – 12th place Norwich beat Erfurt 3-2 only to lose out 4-2 to Fortuna Düsseldorf and finish 10th in all. Congratulations to FC Hennef who went on to reach the final. 

The Under-10s were outdoors in a tournament consisting of Under-10 and Under-11 teams. City beat Ford-Niehl 6-2 but could only draw with their new friends from Hennef 1-1 and surprisingly also draw 3-3 with Bergisch Gladbach. Nevertheless this was enough for second place in the Under-10 group and a place in the Quarter-finals. Here the Yellows faced the Under-11 team from Sv Waldeck Obermenzing and won a tough game 1-0 to reach the semi-finals. Here they came up against Bergisch Gladbach Under-11s and after a 1-1 draw showed plenty of confidence in the penalty shoot-out to reach the final against Trencin Under-11s. The Slovak proved to be a good side and used their age advantage to win the final. City had played a good tournament though and Greg Crane and his side were happy to be presented with the trophy as best Under-10 side. With a 5th place indoors and best Under-10 team outdoors Crane and his young team had an excellent weekend. Photos from the tournament here.

The final action of the weekend saw the Under-13s try their luck indoors. They too were in a 24 team tournament and finished second in their group to reach the quarter-finals. They started the group with a 1-0 defeat against a massive Ford-Niehl side but after games against Attendorn (8-0), JFA Frankfurt (3-3), Fortuna Cologne (5-1) and JFA Düsseldorf (2-1) they secured second spot.

The quarter-final opponent was FC Cologne and the Bundesliga club again proved to be just to strong, running out 4-1 winners. After that the U13s showed first signs of tiredness after a long weekend and lost to Ford Niehl (3-4) and Essen (1-4) to finish 8th after all. Photos from the tournament here.


After a busy weekend it remains to be said that the Canaries were represented by younger teams than most other sides in the tournament and the feedback from the host families about their English guests was only positive. The Canaries had again presented themselves well in Europe.


My apologies to the Under-12s that I couldn’t see and photograph their tournaments. Myduties as a driver at the tournament didn’t allow this unfortunately. I hope to see the Under-12s again soon over here in Europe! 


Photo Galleries in summary here:


Friday in Hennef

U10s Indoor Saturday Morning

U12s Outdoor Saturday Morning (from CfB Ford-Niehl)

U13s Outdoor Saturday Afternoon

U10s Outdoor Sunday Morning

U13s Indoor Sunday Afternoon


Report and Photos - Paul Standley and CfB Ford Niehl

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