FIFA Visit to Boost Cambodia’s Young Players

HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, FIFA Vice President representing Asia and Chairman of the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP), will visit Cambodia on Feb. 17 to attend the opening of the Cambodia Football Development League (CFDL) at the Olympic Stadium. The official ceremony will take place at 10am, either side of which will be a series of matches from 8.30am until noon.

The CFDL is the brainchild of Phnom Penh Crown FC, which has formed a new League format competition at Under-12, Under-14 and Under-16 age group levels with another seven Phnom Penh-based teams. HRH Prince Al Hussein has also set up the AFDP to promote football development programs in Asia, focusing on education and health in youngsters and participation of all sectors of society, particularly women. The CFDL aims to provide regular competitive matches for young Cambodian players in the U-12, U-14 and U-16 age groups, as well as increasing both the coaching and refereeing capacity within the country.

On Feb. 17, the Prince will also attend the Phnom Penh Crown FC’s Open Day and launch of its Official Fan Club at its RSN Stadium in Tuol Kork, from 2 to 6pm. The club is the first professional Cambodian football club to launch an Official Fan Club. Membership will cost an annual fee of $15 for full members and $5 for junior members (Under 12), entitling members to a series of benefits.

The following day, the Prince will fly to Battambang to visit the headquarters of the SALT Academy, home of the Asian Football Development Project-sponsored Mighty Girls football programme. This visit by HRH will be a great encouragement to the SALT Academy and all its staff and players.

The programme gives exceptional young female players from across Cambodia an opportunity to undertake high-level education and training and acts as a safety net for girls at risk from human-trafficking. The majority of Cambodia’s Women’s National Team players are drawn from their ranks and the senior Mighty Girls players also serve as coaches to youth league players.

For more information, contact Andy Brouwer (English speaking) on +66 (0) 17 896 525

or Ly Heang (Khmer speaking): Mob: +66 (0)17 676 206 or email: ly_hieng521282@yahoo.com