Academy players from Premier League clubs and across Europe came together this weekend for the seventh running of the Premier League Christmas Truce Tournament finals.
The event in Ypres, Belgium, offers a unique cultural and footballing experience to the Under-12 players at the six clubs from the UK who qualified for Ypres via Premier League national tournaments.
The boys learnt about the First World War on the land where it was fought as well as tested themselves against the best young players from France, Belgium and Germany.
"It is a fantastic opportunity for them to play against foreign teams," said Ash Higgins, lead foundation coach at Burnley.
"All different cultures are coming together for young children to play football and it's fantastic for them to be a part of that and gain those experiences."
The boys visited the Commonwealth cemeteries and attended the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate to commemorate those who lost their lives in battle.
They also spent an evening exchanging gifts and experiences with their counterparts from Europe in the spirit of the Christmas Truce that took place on 25 December 1914.
"The Christmas Truce was a significant moment in the First World War," explained the Premier League's head of education Martyn Heather, who organised the finals.
"Soldiers from both sides came out the trenches and exchanged gifts and played football. It’s something that football recognises as a really poignant act."
The boys also learnt on the pitch as well.
"It's good for the boys to have that different experience," said Wolverhampton Wanderers Under-11/12 lead coach Dan Watson.
"Not to be able to understand what the opposition are saying and having to read what they are seeing as opposed to what they are hearing from the coach on the opposite side."
"It's a very inspirational place and we tried to use that in our performances and continue to do what we have been doing all season and working really hard," said Cardiff academy coach Ben Adams.
For all who went to Ypres, the impact of the tournament will be felt for many years to come.
"They are definitely going to remember this experience," said Watford academy head of education Nathan Marshall.
"It will have a lifelong effect on these young men and have memories that they will take and share with their children and their children's children."