50-team Manila Youth Football League kicks off Saturday
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 16, 2019 12:02 PM
The Manila Youth Football League begins on Saturday, September 21st
The best of youth football will be showcased in the NCRFA’s Manila Youth Football League (MY Football League) which opens on Saturday (Sept. 21) at The British School Manila.
The opening tournament will feature 50 teams, which includes The British School Manila, Makati Football Club, De La Salle Zobel, Tanauan, Atheltico Diliman, G8, Manila Japanese Football Club, Tuloy sa Don Bosco, Angono Rizal and RAYA FC.
Guided by FIFA Grassroots, the NCRFA League was formed to create a program that will bring together as many people as possible through the league and its patrons. It is designed to reach out to the young and create a process that connects them to the future.
For the tournament, the grass pitch will be named “Simon Mann Field”, while the turf pitch will be named “Don Jones Field”.
The father and son duo of Tomas and SeLu Lozano of pioneer youth club Makati FC has created a league whose thrust is growing the sport.
Tomas Lozano has been bringing Makati FC to Gothia Cup in Sweden to represent the Philippines for 37 consecutive years. Through NCRFA, it aims to elevate the level of youth tournaments locally as what the club have experience abroad.
“We see how the grassroots have developed in the Philippines through the years and rebranding NCRFA to Manila Youth Football League amplifies our thrust of growing the game,“ said Tomas Lozano.
“We hope that through Manila Youth Football League we will be able to bring together as many people as we can. People from all walks of life through the sport that we all love,“ he added.
Aside from the Gothia Cup, Makati FC was also invited to the Paris World Games last July, where its two age groups teams made it finals appearance with the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop.
"This gave the club the inspiration to create Manila Youth Football League, rebrand of their existing NCRFA," said Tomas Lozano.
After the opening ceremony, the continuation of matches will be on Oct. 5, 12, 26, with the semifinal and final to be played on Nov. 9. There will be two other tournaments on March and May 2020.