BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
A total of 40 youth football teams with 880 players from cities and provinces across the country will attend the “Cambodia Festival U13 Tournament 2010”, starting from the 6th to the 14th of July 2010 at the National Football Center located at Cheng Meng village in the Kambol’s Military Police Training Center in the outskirt of Phnom Penh.
The U13 Tournament was organized by the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) and supported by a number of local and international sponsor companies in Cambodia.
Gen. Sao Sokha, Chief of the Military Police Headquarters and President of the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC), said that it marked the first time as FFC will organize the “Cambodia Festival U13 Tournament 2010” in Phnom Penh.
The purpose of the U13 football tournament is to promote youth footballers, young football human resources, and select qualified youth football players in preparing for future national and international competitions in and outside the country.
“I think that this Tournament is very important because it will pave the way for Cambodia’s children and youths to enjoy playing football so that they can improve their health and will become qualified football players. New football human resources and they can also avoid taking drugs and other illegal activities in the country,” he told reporters at a press conference on June 28th in Phnom Penh.
The FFC’s President said that those football teams who win the U13 football tournament will be selected for the Football Federation of Cambodia. They will be supported and trained by FFC to prepare for the future national and international youth football competitions inside and outside the country.
“We hope that through this U13 football competition, we will be able to select the young football players and new football human resources for FFC so that we can train them to become the potential football players for preparation of attending the future football tournaments,” he said.
Regarding to the awards and prizes, Gen. Sao Sokha stated that the team who will win the football tournament 2010 will receive a U13 Trophy (no money), along with the books for learning and sport materials, the second and third places will also receive learning and sport materials. The wards and prizes are given by the FFC, he said.
May Tola, Deputy General of the FFC, said that the competition is divided into eight poles with 96 competitions. Each pole consists of five football teams. He stated that the entry is free for all people in Cambodia. He added that to promote children and young football players, the Football Federation of Cambodia will continue to organize the Cambodia Festival U13 Tournament every year and other football events in Cambodia.