Leeds hosts the largest McDonald’s football tournament ever

By Josh Atherton

Leeds Goals Soccer Centre has played host to the final regional heats for the seventh annual McDonald’s football tournament.

Leeds regional heat was the largest heat of the regional section of the tournament hosting an impressive 53 teams.

John Paul, one of the organisers of the tournament, said: “It is great to have such a large turnout we even have a team participating from Peterborough it has been a great day.”

Teams were separated into three groups of six and seven groups of five.

Then the top 32 placed teams went into the cup knockout where for the winner a place in the national final was up for grabs at Scotland’s national stadium Hampden Park.

The Scottish national stadium were the national finals will take place.

Jack Whitehead, Wakefield’s vice-captain, said: “It is a great prize that is on offer even if you are not the best team you still have to chance of winning something by going into the plate competition.”

The bottom 16 teams went into the plate tournament where the winning team would win eight tickets to the community shield final on August 8.

The day did not go to plan though as it was delayed by 40 minutes due to some teams turning up late, as well as boasting a big gap between the league and knockout stages of the tournament.

Pontefract captain Dave Wilson said: “It has been a bit of a farce all this waiting around all it does is make your body go a bit stiff and tighten up so when you are playing you starting to feel a bit sore I will be feeling it in the morning for sure.”

The national finals will be played on June 13 at Hampden park be a McDonald’s cup next year.

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