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HKFA Announces Partnership with Wofoo Social Enterprises
“Wofoo Girls’ International Youth Invitational Football Tournament 2014”
 
The Hong Kong Football Association is putting in place building blocks for future growth of women’s football by organizing the “Wofoo Girls’ International Youth Invitational Football Tournament 2014” in April.

“Wofoo Girls’ International Youth Invitational Football Tournament 2014” is organized by the Hong Kong Football Association, subvented by Home Affairs Bureau (Arts and Sports Development Fund), Leisure and Cultural Services Department and sponsored by Wofoo Social Enterprises as the Tournament’s Principal Contributor.
 
This upcoming tournament will be most meaningful to the Hong Kong Women U14 Representative Team because the girls will have the opportunity to play against 3 other neighboring countries. This tournament will provide a good experience and help to raise the level of the girls’ football skills both tactically and technically. It will also allow them to get more physically and mentally prepared for the forthcoming AFC U14 Girls' Regional Championship matches which will be held soon afterwards. (May 28 - June 2, in 2014).

For this tournament, HKFA has invited 2 Happiplaygound ambassadors – Pucci and Pinky – to promote this event. During the tournament, all the spectators will entitle the mini-badge  (1 version per match day) and postcard for FREE [first-come-first-serve basis while stocks last]. Remember to come and support Women’s football!


 
Mr. Mark Sutcliffe, Chief Executive Officer of The Hong Kong Football Association

“Girls and Women’s football is a priority for the HKFA. Although it is reputed to be the fastest growing participation sport in the world, we still have too few girls and women playing football in Hong Kong. Events like this will help to raise the profile of women’s football as well as being an excellent training, competition and learning experience for our U14 team. We are looking forward to an excellent competition and would like to place on record our sincere thanks to all of our partners and in particular to Wofoo Social Enterprise without whose help it would not be possible to stage this important event.”


 
Dr. Joseph Lee GBS. JP, President of Wofoo Social Enterprises

“Hong Kong's women football is not yet popular. The tournament enables our representatives to get more international competition experience; this paves our way in developing quality women football in Hong Kong. Also, HKFA will invite students and the public to watch the event. Through public awareness and participation in women football, it can become a signature sport in Hong Kong.”


 
Miss Betty Wong, Women’s Football Manager of The Hong Kong Football Association

Wong emphasises on how serious the Hong Kong Women’s U-14 Representative Team is taking this tournament. “We are taking this tournament very seriously because this will be a very valuable preparation for the Hong Kong Women U-14 Representative Team in the forthcoming AFC U14 Girls’ Regional Championship,”.


 
Miss Ng Wing-kum, Coach of Hong Kong Women U-14 Representative Team

She talks about her team’s preparation for the tournament. “The team has gradually increased its training and we even had a short training camp around the Chinese New Year to prepare for the tournament,” Ng pointed out. “Besides our ball skills, we also need to work on our fitness level and physical strength so that we can battle against stronger opponents on the pitch.”
 


 
Miss Yiu Ka-wai, Coach of Hong Kong Women U-14 Representative Team

She expects her charges to gain a lot of valuable experiences from the tournament. “Tournaments like this one are crucial to the development of the young girls, as it will give them the opportunity to see how they stack up against their opponents from other countries who are in the same age group,” Yiu claimed.


 
Toby Chow, midfielder of Hong Kong Women U-14 Representative Team

She already has a clear target for the forthcoming tournament. “We obviously want to go out and win the tournament,” young Chow stated. “But it is also important for us to play against better opponents and learn as much as we can from every game.”


 
Amber Yau, defender of Hong Kong Women U-14 Representative Team

She also shares what she intends to gain from the tournament. “We just want to improve by playing against the other teams, as well as picking up some much-needed experience.” the shy Yau offered.


 
Tournament Details
Host Hong Kong
Date 18-20 April 2014
Venue Shing Mun Valley Sports Ground
Age Group U14 (00-01)
Number of Teams U14 (4 Teams) – Single Round Robin Competition
Participating Teams Hong Kong
China Shenzhen
Guam
Northern Mariana Islands
Team Size 5 Officials + 18 Players
Match Information For U14 matches, each match shall last 70 minutes, comprising two periods of 35 minutes, with an interval of 15 minutes in between from the whistle ending the first period to the whistle starting the second period.
Schedule 18 Apr - Match Day 1
19 Apr - Match Day 2
20 Apr - Match Day 3
21 Apr - 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 April 1, 2014  - April 17, 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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