Sunday, Jan. 5, 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
It's billed as Little League World Series meets March Madness. The second annual Football University National Championship tournament brings together the nation’s best athletes from 6th, 7th and 8th grade to represent their state, city or region. This event includes athletes from every youth football organization in the country, including Pop Warner, AYF, AAU and more than 250 independent leagues that make up the majority of youth football in America.
The collection of football talent, spread amongst 64 teams, is by far the best collection of youth football talent ever assembled. The six-round, single-elimination tournament has seen a slate of exciting games. Four squads travel to San Antonio for the national quarterfinals, but only one will be crowned national champion on Sunday, January 6.
More than 2,000 top athletes fill these 64 teams, all chosen by tryouts or coach recommendations. This tournament celebrates these players by providing them an opportunity to play against top competition in post-season games. It serves as a great exclamation point to a memorable gridiron season.
For the four teams who have endured the mental and physical toll that comes with this great sport, there is plenty awaiting them in San Antonio. Between practices and semifinal games, players will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with Army All-Americans at Thursday’s Bowl Kickoff Party, or perhaps get a glimpse of their own future at Friday’s U.S. Army National Combine. Even the three teams who don’t make it to the finals will have another chance to impress at Saturday night’s National Youth Combine.
And for the two squads that shed sweat and blood to win four games apiece? The opportunity to play in San Antonio and claim the title of Football University’s National Champion.
The 2,000 top athletes who earned their way onto an FBU National Championship tournament squad have also earned a formal invitation to train at a Football University camp in 2014. The fans who came to a tournament game can say they caught an early peek at the next generation of football stars.
For more information on the Football University National Championship, visit www.footballuniversity.org, www.facebook.com/NationalChampionship or follow @FBUexperience on Twitter. National sponsors of the Football University National Championship include: Battle Sports Science; Eastbay; Football University; School of the Legends; SKLZ; Xenith; and Youth Football Coaches Association.