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The ACES team are  looking forward to the 2024 Nationals and the sixteenth anniversary tournament. 

It seems like yesterday that we hosted the first ACES tournament way back in 2009. Little did we believe that it would grow into the national tournament that it has.

2023 saw a great tournament with over 340 teams attending. Demand for places was high in all age groups, but particularly the Girls groups. So for the 2024 tournament we have added an additional day allowing more girls teams to enter. Teams from all corners of the country attended giving them the opportunity to play against opposition they wouldn’t normally get chance to meet.

The 2024 event will once again bring together 15 age groups over four weekends . 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.

Fully sanctioned by the Football Association, the ACES NATIONALS has become the most prestigious, unique and, without question, the most popular junior football tournament in grassroots football in the UK.

Now in its 16th year the vision has always been that the tournament will be an invitation only event, where the best teams and players represent their towns and cities and compete to become ACES National Champions.

The tournament has now become one of the most important dates in the junior football calendar for boys and girls teams across the UK and is seen as a much needed progression and a national meeting point for the nation’s premier youth teams.

The tournament has a strict code which allows only local league footballers to participate to showcase their talent on a national scale so academy or school of excellence players are forbidden to enter.

Without a doubt the ACES has become invaluable to team managers, coaches and players alike. It is a celebration of football, a meeting ground for junior footballers, a networking tool for the managers & coaches and an opportunity to showcase young talent on a national scale in a safe and friendly environment. It provides a very clear pathway for the country’s young elite talent.

Due to the very high standard of football seen at the tournament, scouts from professional clubs from across the premier and football league are always in attendance in high numbers searching for future stars.

Previous players have been signed by clubs including; Leicester City, Hull City, Middlesboro, West Brom, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Birmingham, Huddersfield, QPR, Derby County, Burton Albion, Coventry City, Yeovil Town, Notts Forest, Notts County, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Walsall.

Our 2024 tournament partners