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After flying back from Stavanger we caught the metro out to our condo. It had been a long day and we turned on the TV to see what was happening. We noticed there were some youth football (soccer) games on from the Norway Cup. I had no idea what the Norway Cup was so I looked it up. Turns out it is the largest youth football tournament in the world. It was going to be on all week and best of all, many of the matches were taking place at Ekeberg Park, which was a short bus ride from our condo. The football players are put up in schools and hotels and they are provided access to public transportation and many points of interest.

We decided to take the bus to Ekeberg Park the next morning and find out more about the Norway Cup. We were amazed to find a portable laundry setup as well as a hair salon. We soon found out that getting around Oslo was going to be a bit different this week. The bus to Ekeberg park stopped at several schools and it was soon standing room only on the bus. A ticket inspector got on the bus but is was so crowded that he gave up trying to check tickets.

There were many activities available for the participants including concerts, games and shopping opportunities. There were also amusement rides available.

Most of the girls teams were carrying around a boom boxes with songs blaring. It was great lively music. I wished I had gotten a copy of what they were playing. There were teams from all over the world playing at the tournament. One morning we were on the bus with a team from New York.

There were first aid stations around the park and there were more than a few kids waking around on crutches.

During the tournament we encountered football players everywhere. This team was on the metro for Holmenkollen National Ski Arena. All but one were sleeping. In the second photo we encountered a team from Nepal on a ferry ride. We started talking with them and giving them tips on what to see. They proudly displayed their flag for us. We encountered another girls team on our metro line and they were singing their football songs.

On the last day of the tournament we found some little kids playing football. We attended a couple of the final championship matches. They were being televised but it was a lot more fun attending in person.

We encountered this group of kids riding their bikes around the football complex almost every time we stopped at the tournament.

It was a great to experience the energy and enthusiasm of all of the young people at the tournament.

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