Football: Singapore to take part in inaugural AFF Under-15 girls' championship

Girls in action at the second annual Women’s Football Day at the Home of Athletics on Feb 28, 2016.
Girls in action at the second annual Women’s Football Day at the Home of Athletics on Feb 28, 2016.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Singapore will be participating in the inaugural Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-15 Girls' Championship from May 8-20 in Vientiane, Laos.

The Republic has been drawn in Group B, alongside the Philippines, Cambodia, Timor Leste and Indonesia.

Group A will feature the likes of Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand.

The semi-finals will be held on May 18, with the third-place playoff and final on May 20.

Yeong Sheau Shyan, the team's coach, said: "We are fielding a very young team in this tournament, with an average age of 13.22 years, because we are looking ahead to the qualifiers of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Under-16 Championships 2019 which will be held in 2018."

The AFF U-15 Girls' Championship will take the place of the annual AFC U-14 Girls' Regional Championship. Held biennially, this tournament is meant to develop players for the AFC U-16 Qualifiers, and eventually the AFC U-16 Championship.

"Giving our young players exposure at the international level is important for their development. The girls have been preparing well, and we are looking forward to the tournament," said Yeong.

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