Pitchero ACES week one roundup

The Pitchero ACES Nationals kicked off on Saturday 17th of June as 120 of the best junior football teams from across the country gathered in Nottingham for what turned out to be a fantastic opening weekend of football.

The opening ceremony was a great success.

The opening day welcomed 60 teams from the U11 and U13 Boys age groups who travelled from every corner of the country to try and become the Pitchero ACES National champions.

Another 60 teams from all areas of England ascended to the East Midlands on the Sunday, this time the best teams from the U12 and U14 Boys categories would battle it out to see who would claim the Pitchero ACES title.

The unsung heroes – well done to all our fantastic referees.

A big thank you to our superb new sponsor Pitchero too. They provided a huge amount of magnificent video and picture content which you can view across the Pitchero & Pitchero ACES social media platforms, some of which you can see below. Come and say hi to them if you’re attending either of the up and coming weekends.


A special mention also goes out to the U11 boys who came all the way from South Korea to take part. Unfortunately, they were knocked out in the quarter-finals but a huge well done to everyone involved at the club, we hope to see you again soon.

The South Korean team pose with the Pitchero logo and Pitchero ACES Nationals logo, well done boys!

After some gruelling battles, intense penalty shoot-outs, resounding joy and despairing heartbreak, we were presented with the finalists from all four categories.


Both of the U11 semi-finals went down to penalties after Essex drew with NW London 1-1 and Middlesbrough drew with Nottingham 0-0.

It was NW London and Nottingham who managed to progress into the final with the Essex and Middlesbrough teams looking understandably upset but holding their heads high.

In the final, the hometown club managed to take the lead before circumstances out of their control forced NW London to forfeit the game.

A disappointing end to what was a fantastic day for NW London who should be proud of what they achieved.

This meant that Nottingham were crowned the U11 boys Pitchero ACES National champions, a sublime achievement for the team which is owned by Notts County Chairman Alan Hardy. Both coaches gave their thoughts on a brilliant day for everyone involved at the club.


Massive congratulations to Nottingham who will be determined to come back next year and defend their title. 


The U13 final was contested between Northumberland and Derby after they edged out Birmingham and Sheffield 2-1 in their semi-finals.

Neither side could find the back of the net in the final which meant the U13 boys Pitchero National champions would be decided by a penalty shootout.

The tension was palpable and the standard of penalties was immense but in the end, Northumberland came out on top to beat Derby 6-5.

The celebrations were great to see and the respect shown by both teams at the end was a credit to the tremendous effort they had put in throughout the day.

Northumberland’s captain proudly lifts the trophy.

The Derby lads held their heads high, runners-up in the Pitchero ACES Nationals is a great achievement.

Here’s what Northumberland’s coaches made of their terrific day.


Sunday’s U12 boy’s final saw Crawley take on Peterborough after both sides won their semi-final matches 1-0.

The final would end up being an equally close encounter but in the end, it was Crawley who managed to edge out Peterborough, claiming the U12 boy’s Pitchero ACES National Champions title after a 1-0 victory.

This is the winning goal that clinched the title for Crawley, despair for the Peterborough boys.

Celebrations for Crawley, what a feeling for these lads.


Making it through to the final of the U14’s after a tough day was Liverpool, who beat Norwich 2-0 in the semi’s and West London, who managed to clinch a win against Derby.

The standard of the final was very high with both teams looking strong. The game looked like it would be heading to a penalty shootout, but this wonderful free kick right at the death gave Liverpool the title. Heartbreak for Derby’s players, coaches and parents.

Liverpool proudly display their trophy and medals, an outstanding effort from you all.

What a weekend it was. 120 outstanding teams battling it out to be the nation’s best football team. A massive thank you to all that took part, every team should be proud of themselves and it goes to show just how talented our young footballers are in this country. The future is bright.

We do it all again this weekend as the U13, U14 & U16 girls take to the field on Saturday 24th June whilst on Sunday the U15 & U17 girls go head to head.

We can’t wait to do it all again as we look forward to another weekend full of high-quality football.