Norfolk's mini World Cup

IAN CLARKE About 500 young footballers from across Norfolk competed in a five-a-side mini World Cup competition at Dereham's Aldiss Park ground over the weekend.Eighty teams from under 7s to under 14s played on pitches which were all named after German World Cup stadia.

IAN CLARKE

About 500 young footballers from across Norfolk competed in a five-a-side mini World Cup competition at Dereham's Aldiss Park ground over the weekend.

Eighty teams from under 7s to under 14s played on pitches which were all named after German World Cup stadia.

With team managers and supporters, the total number attending the two-day event was about 2000.

The quality of football was high during the tournament, which was sponsored by the Dereham Times.

Organiser Matthew Henman said: "It's been brilliant to see so many youngsters out playing football. The weather has not been great but it has not spoilt the enjoyment."

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He paid tribute to the large team of referees and other helpers who put the event on.

Full details of the winning teams and pictures from the event will be featured in the EDP's Rising Stars section and the Dereham Times on Thursday.