Rain was pouring down and temperatures dipped into the low teens on Sunday as this year’s annual Norway Cup, the largest youth football tournament in the world, got underway in Oslo.
The tournament is being arranged for the 43rd year and remains popular, with 4,200 matches to be played by a record number 1,639 teams from around the world. Organizers warned it was shaping up as a mudbath this weekend, after more heavy rain fell in and around Oslo.
It was also downright cold, with winds adding to the discomfort for spectators and officials alike. As usual, the young players seemed to take the bad weather in stride, with around 32,000 girls and boys from 52 different countries preparing to hit local fields over the next week.
Better weather was forecast for Monday but state meteorologists predicted more rain later in the week. The tournament nonetheless was set to attract top professional football players, many of whom played in Norway Cup when they were young, as well as Norwegian government officials and local ambassadors who stop by to cheer on local teams. The tournament runs through next weekend.