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HKFA Announces Partnership with Po Leung Kuk
For International Youth Invitational Football Tournament 2014
 
The International Youth Football Tournament is one of the most important youth tournaments in Hong Kong.  This year, the event is titled Po Leung Kuk International Youth Invitational Football Tournament 2014.

The tournament is organized by the Hong Kong Football Association and funded by Po Leung Kuk Football Development Fund. Po Leung Kuk is also the Tournament’s Principal Contributor. There will be twelve matches during the three day event from February 7 2014 through February 9 2014 at the Po Kong Village Road Park A-turf Football pitch.

The key objective of the tournament is to provide a platform for the Hong Kong Football Youth Team to improve football skills and to advance youth players’ relationships with neighboring countries such as China PR and Thailand. Since Hong Kong U-16 representative team has created history by advancing the team to this year’s AFC U-16 Championship Finals, the young players would have a golden opportunity to continue improving themselves in all tactical, technical and physical aspects from the tournament.
 
 


 
Mr. Mark Sutcliffe, Chief Executive Officer of The Hong Kong Football Association
 
“The HKFA is indebted to Po Leung Kuk for its most generous support for this tournament. The competition provides a wonderful opportunity for our young, talented and aspiring footballers to test their skills against international opposition. This really is the best way to improve and to prepare for a future career in football. It is also a great way to develop an understanding of different races and cultures, which is all part of a social education process. I wish the players well and hope that they make the most of this opportunity. I would also like to urge as many people as possible to come to the matches and to support our teams.”


 
Dr. Eric Cheng, MH, OStJ JP, Chairman of Po Leung Kuk
 
“By setting up the Po Leung Kuk Football Development Fund, we aim to provide opportunities for the Hong Kong youth to learn more about Football through different kinds of programs, trainings and matches. We hope to put our efforts to train up the new generation of Hong Kong youth players. Po Leung Kuk International Youth Invitational Football Tournament 2014 can help the Hong Kong Football Youth Team to gain valuable experience. Hope all of you can join and support!”
 


 
The Hong Kong U-14 team head coach Yeung Ching-kwong sees this event as a tremendous opportunity to widen the horizons for his troops. “The U-14 team is filled with players with great potential and capabilities,” Yeung assessed. “What they need to improve is their overall team play. It is an invaluable opportunity to be coming across such strong teams from overseas and we will cherish this opportunity, be well-prepared for it and hopefully, the players can all improve through this tournament.”


 
U-14 Representative player Jonathan Cheung cannot wait for the chance to rub shoulders with counterparts from those strong countries. “I am very happy to have this opportunity to represent Hong Kong as it gives me tremendous pride every time when I put on the Hong Kong shirt,” Cheung declared. “Tournaments like this give you a great chance to test yourself against players from other countries and it should be an interesting challenge nevertheless.”


Having qualified for this year’s AFC U-16 Championship in Thailand, the Hong Kong U-16 representative team will understandably be using the Po Leung Kuk International Youth Invitational Football Tournament to sharpen their form and fine-tune for the AFC U-16 Championship that is set to take place in the second-half of the year.
 
The newly-appointed U-16 head coach Xavier Bravo has shown great confidence in his charges. “The boys all have pretty good skills and they are also quite fast on their feet,” Bravo observed. “We will try to improve on the defensive side of things such as pressuring for the ball. Hopefully, we can stay competitive against our opponents in this tournament.”


 
Hong Kong U-16 striker Cheng Chun-yin knows very well what he and his teammates will need to improve. “As a striker, I think we need to improve on capitalizing our chances up-front,” Cheng said. “We will be coming up against some very strong teams and might have to play off the counter-attacks. In that case, it will be vital for us to take our chances up-front as they might come far and few between. We also need to look at getting physically stronger and start to win more physical battles on the pitch.”
 
 
Tournament Details
Host:        Hong Kong
Date:        7-9 February 2014
Venue: Po Kong Village Road Park A-turf Football Pitch
Age Group: 2 age groups: U16 (98-99) & U14 (00-01)
Number of Teams: U16 (4 Teams), U14 (4 Teams) – Single Round Robin Competition
Participating Teams U16 - China PR, Laos, Qatar, Hong Kong
U14 - China PR, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong
Team Size: 5 Officials + 18 Players
Match Information: For U14 matches, each match shall last 60 minutes, comprising two periods of 30 minutes, with an interval of 15 minutes in between from the whistle ending the first period to the whistle starting the second period.

For U16 matches, each match shall last 90 minutes, comprising two periods of 45 minutes, with an interval of 15 minutes in between from the whistle ending the first period to the whistle starting the second period.
Schedule: 7 Feb      Match Day 1
8 Feb      Match Day 2
9 Feb      Match Day 3
10 Feb    Teams Departure
Referee: Local Referees
 
 
Notes:
- Free Admission - One person per ticket. Tickets can be collected from the HKFA building during office hours (Mon - Fri; 10:00am-1pm, 2:15pm-6pm)  between January 27, 2014  - February 7, 2014
- Maximum 6 tickets per person
- The remaining tickets can be collected at the spectator entrance on each match day (First-Come-first-Serve basis while tickets last)

 

 






        
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