The boys on their first early morning training session.
Also during the 3 day acclimatisation phase they were able to visit local areas of interest from the Kenedy Museum in downtown Dallas to the Fort Worth Stockyards.
A visit to the Fort Worth Stockyards, does anyone recognise the guy with the 'horn cap' on?
There were a total of 180 referees at the tournament, including 40 internationals of which 8 were FIFA (2 of which were on the retired list).
In the round robin phase the candidates were involved throughout the whole day but their participation was limited after the quarterfinals, as progression after the early rounds is dependant on recommendation from the assessor panel. Following their good performances in those early rounds it was most rewarding to have one of the candidates recognised by their appointment to a Final in the stadium. To all their credit they were all involved in either the quarter/semi finals and the highlight was the selection of Simon as the fourth official on the U14 final.
The home stay families all reported that they were impressed by the behaviour and attitude of the candidates; as a direct result through the contacts of the families the opportunity to attend a professional basketball and baseball game was provided. Everyone enjoyed this cultural opportunity to witness very different sports in their very impressive arenas. They also attended a special combined Easter lunch with the homestay families at the Winstanley Household, where it must be said the 'pool table' took a severe battering during our stay. It is difficult to express the thanks for the kindness shown by the very hospitable people who each took 2 unknown people into their homes for 2 weeks and gave them complete access and support. They really are the ultimate volunteers.
The tournament staffs were also impressed by the candidate’s attitude, cooperation and commitment and they were actively involved, both during on and off field activities that are shown on the itinerary below:
Tues Arrived and met families
Wed Training session and tour of downtown Dallas including Kennedy Museum
Thurs Training session and tour of Fort Worth and stockyards
Fri Training session and Registration
Sat Local games and welcome Reception
Sun Referee briefing, games and opening ceremony
Thurs Games – quarter finals and basketball game
Sat Games and baseball game
Sun Easter lunch – Finals and farewell party
Each candidate has been asked to present an individual report to their association, however the common views expressed by the candidates are listed below:
The early training sessions and interaction with the FL officials was interesting, beneficial and rewarding.
The local games organised before the tournament helped in the acclimatisation and provided a positive insight into what will be required of them, however due to the temperature and humidity it should be limited to only one game.
The cultural visits on the first days worked towards their team building whilst also creating an interest in unfamiliar subjects.
The aims of developing lining technique and communication (non verbal) were achieved and should prove to be advantageous for next season.
They were all extremely grateful to their associations for the opportunity to attend the tournament and overall the experience of both the competition and social interaction were considered to be positive and stimulating.
DALLAS CUP TEAMS
Past participants have included Real Madrid, Spain; AJAX Amsterdam, Netherlands; Atletico Paranaense, Brazil; CF Monterrey, Mexico; Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany; Boca Juniors, Argentina; Manchester United, England; AC Milan, Italy; Tigres, Mexico; Sao Paulo FC, Brazil; Bayer Leverkusen, Germany; Nacional, Uruguay; Moscow Dynamo, Russia; Blackburn Rovers, England; UNAM Pumas, Mexico; San Lorenzo, Argentina; Celtic, Scotland; Argentinos Juniors, Argentina; Nottingham Forest, England; River Plate, Argentina; FF Malmo, Sweden; Vasco de Gama, Brazil; Hamburg SV, Germany; Universidad Catolica, Chile; Tottenham Hotspur, England; CD Guadalajara, Mexico; LD Alajuelense, Costa Rica; Santos FC, Brasil; Jomo Cosmos, South Africa; Lyngby FC, Denmark; Leicester City, England; Club America, Mexico; Deportivo Saprissa, Costa Rica; West Ham United, England; Sporting Cristal, Peru; Everton FC, England; and many more. Future Dates
Dallas Cup XXVI March 20-27, 2005
Dallas Cup XXVII April 1-8, 2006
Dallas Cup XXVIII April 1-8, 2007