About the ACES Nationals

The ACES team are  looking forward to the 2022 Nationals and putting together the biggest tournament to date. 

The team worked hard to put together the 2021 event, once covid restrictions were eased. The August event was a great success with teams, managers, parents and spectators all happy to be back playing tournament football again.

The 2022 event will see the U17 boys and girls age groups extended to U18’s allowing more teams the opportunity to play at the Nationals. Along with 13 other age groups we are looking forward to attracting upwards of 400 teams to compete from across  Great Britain and abroad all looking to leave Nottingham as Nationals 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 fourteen 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 (2022 tournament pending), the event is an exciting date in the junior football calendar for both boys and girls teams of 15 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 2022/2023 season

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


U11 Boys (9v9) – Saturday 18th June
U15 Boys (11 aside) – Saturday 18th June
U12 Boys (9v9) – Sunday 19th June
U16 Boys (11 aside ) – Sunday 19th June


U12 Girls (7v7) – Saturday 25th June
U14 Girls (9v9) – Saturday 25th June
U16 Girls (11 aside) – Saturday 25th June
U13 Girls (9v9) – Sunday 26th June
U15 Girls (11 aside) – Sunday  26th June
U18 Girls (11 aside) – Sunday 26th June


U18 Boys (11 aside) – Sunday 3rd July

(age relates to season 2022/2023)

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