The facilities of Los Establos at Cap Cana will receive around 500 boys and girls, from 8 to 13 years old,representing 13 FCBEscolas and FCBCamps from 7 different countries.
The FCBEscola Barcelona players celebrating their victory in the Training category in the 2016 edition.
For the second consecutive year, the grass fields of Los Establos at Cap Cana, Dominican Republic will host the celebration of the FCBEscola Las Americas International Tournament, a regional competition between the different FCBEscolas of the American continent and that also counts with the participation of Japanese and Barcelona schools. This second edition, which starts this Friday, December 15, sets a new milestone, since it will surpass by almost 40% the number of teams participants of the first Las Americas Tournament. FCBEscola Katsushika Rakuten and FCBEscola Barcelona have been the first to arrive on the Caribbean island to start preparing for the competition.
The second edition of the tournament, the only one to be held outside the facilities of FC Barcelona, will have a total of 38 integrated teams for half a thousand children between 8 and 13 years They will represent 7 countries and 13 different FCBEscolas and FCBCamps. This sports meeting and of the players of the FCBEscola family will meet in three days in the Dominican Republic sportsmen from Japan (FCBEscola Fukuoka Rakuten and FCBEscola Katsushika Rakuten), Brazil (FCBEscola Rio de Janeiro), Colombia (FCBEscola Bogotá), Guatemala (FCBEscola Guatemala), United States (FCBEscola Austin, FCBEscola Charlotte, FCBEscola Chicago, FCBEscola Charlotte and combinations formed by selected players of the American FCBCamps), FCBEscola Dominican Republic and FCBEscola Barcelona.
The opening ceremony will take place in the center of the main polo field of Los Establos at Cap Cana this Friday, December 15 at 9:00h, just one hour before the ball starts rolling with the first games of the Formation category and will be presided by the director of the FCBEscola Dominican Republic, Fabeka Lebrón, and will be accompanied by the Project Director International FCBEscola of America and the Middle East, Fredi Martín. The finals of the FCBEscola Las Americas International Tournament will take place on the same stage on Sunday 17 from 12:00pm.
Great growth of participation
This second edition is accompanied by a large increase in participation after the great Organizational success of the one held in the same facilities just one year ago. Especially has the number of participants in the Training categories (born in 2008 and 2009) and of competition (2004 and 2005), since the first has added 50% more equipment while the The second has doubled last year’s figure, going from 6 in 2016 to 12 this year.
Not just a soccer tournament
The landscape and cultural wealth of the region where the tournament will be held can also be enjoyed by the young participants, who in addition to the sports competition may also visit different protected natural enclaves to complete your experience in the Dominican Republic. These activities will also promote brotherhood and teamwork among boys and girls of the different schools.
In addition, during the waiting times between matches and matches, they will also start up Diveras competitions and activities that will encourage friendships among athletes of three different continents. Among others, there will be a Pro Evolution Soccer video game championship, there will be a Gatorade Bottle Challenge, a Gatorade Soccer Ping Pong, a Nike lounge space and different competitions to enhance the skill of the players.
Ivan Rakitic and Jordi Alba, protagonists of the videos of the Tournament
The players of the first team of FC Barcelona Ivan Rakitic and Jordi Alba have been the protagonists of the tournament promotion campaign that has been seen on the social networks of FCBEscola and of the Club during the two weeks prior to the competition. Different participants have also participated athletes of the FCBEscolas that will take part in the tournament encouraging no one to miss the event, making a global play and reminding all his teammates of the advice last minute to have a great time in the Dominican Republic.
Tracking the competition by social networks
The FCBEscola Las Americas International Tournament can be followed online through the information, the image galleries and the videos that will be shared in the accounts of the official social networks of the FCBEscola:
Tournament official hashtag: #FCBEscolaAmericas