The Danone Nations Cup in Russia used to be organized in cooperation with “Kozhaniy Myach” tournament. The tournament is held among kids soccer teams from all over Russia. Kozaniy Myach is a non-commercial tournament supported by Ministry of Sport and Ministry of Education and Science.
Khozaniy Myach tournament consists of two phases: Regional Qualifiers and National Qualifier. Qualifying Tournaments take place in more than 8 regions of Russia. Each tournament includes 12 teams. These teams come from different schools and football clubs. The teams who win regional tournaments participate in the national final.
Jan-July: Regional Qualifiers take place to define regional winners. Best teams from leading sport schools and clubs (approximately 100 teams, over 1,000 young soccer players age 10-12) compete to enter the National Finals.
August: National Tournament Finals are held. The winner of the tournament gets to represent Russia in the DNC World Final of the next year.