Amateur stars given the chance to shine at Wembley

Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium

Amateur footballers are being given a second shot at glory which could lead them to a showcase match on the hallowed turf at Wembley Stadium.

The Budweiser Open Trials, in association with BT Sport, invite England’s most talented amateurs aged over 25 to attend one of a series of regional trials, with those who impress going on to a second trial.

From there two squads will be put through their paces by Newcastle United assistant manager John Carverwill, who was Sir Bobby Robson’s number two at the club.

Regional trials will be taking place up and down the country on February 7, 8 and 9, with a second round of trials being held at St George’s Park on March 10 .

The final 32 players will then walk out on to the Wembley pitch the day after the second FA Cup semi-final, on April 14, to play a 90-minute match.

Christian Flouch, senior brand manager at Budweiser UK, said: “We are using the Budweiser Open Trials to give football players the chance to prove it is never too late to achieve your dream, if you want it badly enough.

“This campaign will give players who believe they’ve got what it takes to be a part of the magic to prove it at the true home of the FA Cup.”

To apply for the Budweiser Open Trials, visit