About the ACES Nationals

The team have worked hard together throughout 2020 to keep the tournament alive.


The 2019 event saw over 360 teams enter. The 2021 tournament is planned to be even bigger and better – 15 age groups attracting over 15,000 players, managers and spectators. Making it the largest Nationals to date.

The 2021 Nationals will welcome upwards of 400 teams from across Great Britain and abroad, all looking to leave Nottingham as National Champions.

The first ACES tournament kicked off in Leicester in 2009, hosting 20 league champions from 20 different towns and cities all competing for the National title. Now thirteen years on it has grown to be the event in junior grassroots football.

The vision of the event has always been about attracting the best of the best in junior grassroots football. Because of this, teams have to be invited to the tournament specifically by the ACES Nationals team.


Fully sanctioned by the Football Association (2021 tournament pending), the event is an exciting date in the junior football calendar for both boys and girls teams of 14 different age groups.


The youth tournament is ultimately a celebration of junior football. It’s a fantastic opportunity for teams to showcase a range of young talent in an exciting battle for the ACES Nationals title.

It’s also a great networking tool for managers and coaches to present their teams on a national scale in a friendly and safe environment.


Age Groups and Dates

Age groups relate to the 2021/2022 season


U9 Boys (7v7) – Saturday 12th June
U13 Boys (11 aside) – Saturday 12th June
U10 Boys (7v7) – Sunday 13th June
U14 Boys (11 aside) Sunday 13th June


U11 Boys (9v9) – Saturday 19th June
U15 Boys (11 aside) – Saturday 19th June
U12 Boys (9v9) – Sunday 20th June
U16 Boys (11 aside ) – Sunday 20th June


U12 Girls (7v7) – Saturday 26th June
U14 Girls (9v9) – Saturday 26th June
U16 Girls (11 aside) – Saturday 26th June
U13 Girls (9v9) – Sunday 27th June
U15 Girls (11 aside) – Sunday  27th June
U17 Girls (11 aside) – Sunday 27th June


U17 Boys (11 aside) – Saturday 3rd July


(age relates to season 2021/2022)

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