One of the biggest footballing tournaments in the world will be taking place this summer. Not the World Cup, but in fact the Norway Cup, where each year since 1972 between 1,400 and 1,700 teams compete against each other from ages 10-19, boys and girls.
Since 1972, nearly 50,000 teams from countries all over the world have competed in the annual tournament held at the Ekebergsletta field in Oslo. Being based in Norway, the majority of teams competing are Norwegian, however clubs from all across the globe are invited each year to take part.
21 teams from Scotland will fly the Saltire at the 2016 Norwegian Cup. Longdniddry Villa FC are one of those teams. They will be sending a boys 2001's team to Oslo in the summer. “It will be great to play against teams from all over the world as we've only ever played teams from Scotland,” says goalkeeper Cameron Sanderland.
Linlithgow Rose will not only be competing in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, they will be sending a girls under-17's team to the prestigious Norwegian Cup this summer. They will be the oldest team to represent Scotland at the tournament. “It sounds really exciting,” according to player Rihanna Kennedy. “We went to Sweden in the summer  and that was really enjoyable.”
Bayside FC are another one of Scotland's representatives at this years Norway Cup. They are sending a girls under-13 squad to Oslo in July. “When I was told I was in Spain,” according to one of the players Niamh, “so I was really excited to go on another trip abroad.” She added that it will “be a step forward from just playing teams in Scotland.”
The Norway Cup will be another huge success in 2016, aided by the inclusion of so many Scottish teams. For the young Scottish footballers of the future, to play against teams from all over the world, it will be an experience they will never forget and will improve their performances ten-fold.