Maccabi Tel Aviv’s youth academy on Tuesday held a friendly event of nine-player teams, the Football Network Tournament, at the Kiryat Shalom training facility that involved clubs from across the country who are regularly connected with Maccabi.

The event was held for teams made up of children born in 2008-09. Participants were Hapoel Gedera, Maccabi Ashkelon, Beitar Tel Aviv-Bat Yam, Hapoel Hadera and Maccabi Tel Aviv north and south with players born in 2010.

In the final, Maccabi Tel Aviv south beat Maccabi Ashkelon 5-2 and lifted the trophy.

Tournament organiser Ran Elias, who is also the head of the youth academy’s scouting setup said the event was intended to further cement the regular contact with other clubs.

“This is one of many events that we hold throughout the year for various age groups and our cooperation with other clubs has created a broad, nationwide network. Today’s tournament has given our fellow clubs the chance to understand more about Maccabi Tel Aviv, who we are and what we do, and the strong foundations we have built. The event was held in great sporting spirit and the level of competition was high.”

Elias said that apart from the sporting competition, Maccabi regularly holds seminars for coaching staff of teams who are members of the partnership and this has helped raise the level of coaching throughout the country.