The history of the Mondial Pupilles


Football, festivities and youth
Plomelin Mondial Pupilles is an international U13 football tournament created in 1986.
Every year, it gathers hundreds of children coming from more than 25 countries.
Building on its success, the organizing team, in 2013, developed a girls' tournament.

The tournament in brief

A tournament which is part of history

Every year, since 1986, during the Ascension weekend, the tournament takes place from Thursday to Sunday.

Focus on the youth

The boys are aged 12 to 13 (U12 - U13) and the girls are aged 12 to 14 (U12 - U13 - U14)

boys' teams
girls' teams
foreign teams
organizing centres
Boys't tournament

Each centre organises its own tournament during the first 3 days, with identical rules for all (championship formula). There is a prize-giving ceremony on Saturday evening in each centre. The top two teams from each centre qualify for the round of 16, which will take place in the centres on Saturday afternoon. The winners of the round of 16 play in the quarter finals on Sunday morning in Plomelin. The losers play a consolation tournament on Sunday morning in Pluguffan (9th to 16th place).

Girls' tournament

The registered teams will be divided into pools of 9 per centre with a championship format from Thursday to Saturday.
The first two teams from each centre qualify for the semi-finals which will take place on Saturday in the late afternoon. The winners of one centre will play the runners-up of another centre in an order to be determined by the organising committee after a draw.
The winners of the semi-finals will qualify for the final which will take place on Sunday afternoon in Plomelin.

Gathering of all the players in Plomelin, on Sunday afternoon, for the big parade of the 108 teams with presentation of the tournament medal to all the participants;
Semi- finals and finals of the tournament.
Rewarding of the first teams before the departure of the teams on Sunday evening at about 6.30 pm.

spectators over the 4 days
spectators on the final day
young referees from the Sud-Finistère district
volunteers on Sunday
host families
meals donated by the supermarkets " Centre Leclerc" in Quimper, Pont l'Abbé, Audierne and Douarnenez

The Mondial history

1985 - The beginning of an extraordinary human adventure

The AS Plomelin football Club travels with its Pupilles team to the international tournament in Clisson "Pupilles plus" and meets the Ajax Amsterdam football club for its first match.

It will be the beginning of an extraordinary human adventure since the managers of the time decide when they are back, to create the Plomelin Mondial Pupilles by referring to the organization of the Clisson tournament.

1986 - 1st edition of Plomelin Mondial Pupilles

For the 1st gathering of young players, 8 club presidents had to be convinced of the interest of such an event (Combrit, Douarnenez, Penmarch, Plogastel, Plonéis, Plonéour-Lanvern, Pluguffan and Plomelin).

32 teams will be invited and Georges Boulogne, coach of the French national team, will be the patron of this 1st edition of the Mondial Pupilles.

The AS Corbeille Essonne football club won the tournament ahead of the Uttoro Budapest club.
The adventure is launched and will continue up to now.

2013: 1st edition of the Girls' tournament
2015: 30th edition of the Mondial Pupilles

In its 30 years of existence, the Mondial Pupilles has gained a new notoriety but the basic principles will be kept:
- Gathering of children from the 4 corners of the world with different origins, customs and cultures
- Accommodation in families.

- The elimination phases of the tournament in 8 "boys" centres and in 2 "girls" centres.
- The final stages with the official parade on Sunday in Plomelin.
More than 530 teams came to the Mondial Pupilles, including 230 foreign teams representing 53 countries.