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Fiji FA Endorses U17 League

The Fiji Football Association will be introducing the Under-17 League Competition for the first time. The announcement was made during the Fiji FA board meeting at the Fiji FA headquarters
21 Mar 2016 12:21
Fiji FA Endorses U17 League
Rakiraki Football Association president Shaneel Chandra Gounder (third from left) with (L-R) Fiji FA vice-president and National League Board chairman Yogeshwar Singh, Fiji FA Jitendra Kumar, Fiji FA technical director Ravinesh Kumar and North vice president Alvin Chand. Photo: JUSTINE MANNAN

The Fiji Football Association will be introducing the Under-17 League Competition for the first time. The announcement was made during the Fiji FA board meeting at the Fiji FA headquarters in Vatuwaqa, Suva yesterday.

Fiji FA technical director Ravinesh Kumar said this competition would be used as a mean for districts to develop their players and possibly include them in the main district team.

“This league will be district-based, that means currently we have U19 league only, so the U17 league is another step ahead in regards to development,” Kumar said.

“Having this Under-17 League will enhance the development of the sport in the districts and the country as a whole. This is a two-year programme and which will include 16 teams participating who are part of our Centre of Excellence programme. We had about 12 Centres of Excellence and will add four more centres this year to make it 16; five from the West, five from the South and six from the Northern division.”

Kumar said they would be playing two rounds of games and at the end the winners from each division would play the final championship.

“This league will also help us find more talents which were missed out of before and hopefully this competition can bring those talented football players back.”

Singh said Fiji FA would be paying for all the costs as they need to have the U17 competition going.

“The U17 national league will be fully-funded by Fiji Football. We will also be out playing equipments and paying the coaches, transport and the Saint John’s ambulance.

“Not all districts have an U17 team so hopefully this League competition can attract a lot of players in the U17 grade which is also going to be something we are aiming for.”

The U17 League is expected to kick-off next month.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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