About the ACES Nationals

The team have been working hard together throughout 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 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 2021/2022 season

U17 Boys (11 aside) – Sunday 8th August


U9 Boys (7v7) – Saturday 14th August
U13 Boys (11 aside) – Saturday 14th August
U10 Boys (7v7) – Sunday 15th August
U14 Boys (11 aside) Sunday 15th August


U11 Boys (9v9) – Saturday 21st August
U15 Boys (11 aside) – Saturday 21st August
U12 Boys (9v9) – Sunday 22nd August
U16 Boys (11 aside ) – Sunday 22nd August


U12 Girls (7v7) – Saturday 28th August
U14 Girls (9v9) – Saturday 28th August
U16 Girls (11 aside) – Saturday 28th August
U13 Girls (9v9) – Sunday 29th August
U15 Girls (11 aside) – Sunday  29th August
U17 Girls (11 aside) – Sunday 29th August

(age relates to season 2021/2022)

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