AJFC Malaysia League heads to Sarawak, taking the competition nationwide
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The Allianz Junior Football Camp (AJFC) Malaysia League 2018 will debut in Sarawak, taking the competition nationwide for the very first time.
The seventh edition of AJFC will welcome 1,728 aspiring footballers aged between 14 and 16 years old from six regions, a once in a lifetime chance to be part of AJFC Munich and the chance to train with reigning and record 27-time German Champions FC Bayern Munich’s youth coaches in Munich, Germany in August.
The league kicked-off in Central region at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi on 24 March 2018. This will be followed by Southern region at Kompleks Sukan Hang Jebat, Malacca and Northern region at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang (7 April); and East Coast region at Padang Majlis Perbandaran Kuantan 1and Kolej Universiti Islam Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah in Kuantan, Pahang and Sabah at Padang Sukma Kota Kinabalu (14 April).
This year’s edition of the Malaysia League will be played for five weeks and will culminate with the regions’ respective final between 1 and 13 May 2018. However, in Sarawak, the competition will be introduced as a knock-out competition. It will be held at Kompleks Sukan Petrajaya in Kuching on 28 April 2018, followed by the regional final on 29 April 2018. The matches will be 11-a-side affair played for 60 minutes.
“When we first launched AJFC in 2012 in the Central, Northern and Southern regions, the big dream was to give all young Malaysians the opportunity to live the ultimate dream. The competition has steadily grown with the addition of the East Coast region in 2016, Sabah in 2017 and this year, with Sarawak. We have made that dream a reality,” said Zakri Khir, Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Malaysia Berhad.
“Being able to grow this competition give young aspiring Malaysians the chance to live the ultimate dream fuelled our desire to see more youngsters being able to take the next step towards becoming professional footballers. To date, six winners of AJFC Munich have gone on to play in the President’s Cup (U-21), five have played in the Youth Cup (U-19), and two have earned a National U-19 call up with one other having played for the National U-22. And we hope to see a lot more AJFC alumni amongst this list in the coming years,” added Zakri.
The format for the Malaysia League remains an 11-a-side affair played for 70 minutes.
Following the culmination of the Malaysia League, the regional selection panel will then select the top 18 players from each region to form six regional teams that will compete in the Regional Finals. Following three days of centralised training, the six teams will go head to head to determine the winner at the Grand Final on 7 July. At the culmination of the Grand Finals, 10 players will be selected to attend the AJFC Asia in Bangkok, Thailand. At AJFC Asia, the best two players will be selected to attend AJFC in Munich, Germany.
To keep up to date with the AJFC Malaysia League 2018, visit the official website allianzfootball.com.my or follow Allianz Malaysia’s Facebook and Instagram page: facebook.com/AllianzMalaysia and instagram.com/allianzmalaysia.
|REGION||WEEK 1||WEEK 2||WEEK 3||WEEK 4||WEEK 5|
|Report to Camp||Centralised Training(at respective regions)||Grand Finals|
|30/6||1,2 & 3/7||5,6 & 7/7|