Menorca have been drawn in Group 4 of the men’s football tournament at the 2023 Island Games in Guernsey to take place later this year.

They will go up against Jersey, Gozo and St Helena in the group stage, with the top teams in each of the four groups progressing to the knock out stages.

In the women’s tournament, Menorca have been drawn in Group 2 alongside the Isle of Man and Isle of Wight.

The pool games will take place one a day on Sunday 9th, Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th July. The semi-finals will be played on Wednesday 13th July with the finals on Thursday 14th July.

Games will be held across six different venues, including the 5,000-capacity Footes Lane stadium that is home to Guernsey FC, who play in the English football pyramid.

Gary Roberts, football coordinator for the Games, said: “The Football Community in Guernsey is looking forward to the 2023 Games football tournament, with excitement building now that the draw has been made. Everyone is aware of the growing popularity of the women’s game, particularly following England’s success in the Euros last year, and we look forward to welcoming the 9 visiting women’s teams, along with the 15 visiting men’s teams, for what we anticipate will be very competitive competitions.

“The Football Organising Committee is progressing well with preparations for the competitions, and this includes plans to introduce a £125k pitch maintenance equipment bank that will be used to ensure the pitches at College Field, Corbet Field, Northfield, Blanche Pierre Lane and the Track are in the best possible condition.”

Menorca have never played against Gozo, an island in the Mediterranean Sea that is part of the Republic of Malta, or St Helena, a British overseas territory in the South Atlantic ocean.

They haven’t beaten Jersey in three previous meetings, last drawing with them 3-3 back in 2017.

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