Author: Liam Dickson
Youth Football League Dubai hope their new 7-a-side leagues will give Dubai’s talented young players a platform to shine.
Following a successful launch tournament in April this year, the first season officially kicks off on September 29th at the Rashid School for Boys, and will run until December.
12 teams will compete for league titles at U8’s, U10’s and U12’s, and there are already plans to introduce competitions at U6, U14 and U16 age groups in future campaigns.
Technical director and co-owner of YFL Dubai Anthony Stonehouse believes that they offer an excellent platform in the region for youth players hoping to develop:
He said: “YFL Dubai are not affiliated with any independent football academy, therefore we have the opportunity to support and encourage the youth footballing community with no boundaries.
“We want to help local academies grow and are here to inspire more youth footballers to get involved in competitive games.”
It is hoped that all of this will go a long way to helping youth football in the UAE go from strength to strength.
“We are committed to ensuring that each and every football academy is equipped with the best coaches enabling all players to achieve more than they ever thought possible,” said Stonehouse.
“We understand that football is more than a sport, it is a passion.”
The first season hasn’t even begun yet, but the second season is already scheduled to run from January to March next year, with a third pencilled in to begin in April.