Hong Kong to host young Blues again
News Thu 13 Mar 2014
A Chelsea Academy side will compete for a second time in the long-running Hong Kong Soccer Sevens tournament in May.
Dermot Drummy will manage a squad that join Manchester City, Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Sunderland, Rangers and holders Leicester City in the 16-team tournament, with most British clubs fielding players aged 17 to 21.
The dates are 23 to 25 May with the games taking place at the Hong Kong Football Club, the venue since the inaugural event in 1999.
For this seven-a-side tournament the pitch is slightly smaller than a conventional one and there is no offside. The matches are seven minutes each way in the group stage and 10 minutes each way from quarter-finals onwards.
Chelsea's 2012 appearance featured players such as George Saville, Billy Clifford, Lucas Piazon, Lewis Baker and Alex Davey in the 10-man squad which was managed by Drummy. They won all three group games against local sides before defeat against Sunderland brought an exit from the main section of the tournament.
In the subsequent Plate tournament they reached the final and drew 2-2 with Leicester, but missed out when it was decided by sudden-death, four-a-side.
News of this year's squad and the full line-up of teams competing is to follow.