Allianz Junior Football Camp Malaysia League 2016 is back, bigger and better
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The Allianz Junior Football Camp (AJFC) is back! And this year’s edition promises to be bigger and better with the addition of the East Coast region when the league kicks off on 2 April 2016.
The fifth edition of AJFC will feature a bumper 1,440 of aspiring young Malaysian footballers from 80 teams across four regions – North, Central, South and East Coast – competing in the AJFC Malaysia League to vie for one of three spots to train with record 25-time German Champions FC Bayern Munich in Munich, Germany. Unlike last year’s seven-a-side format, this year’s league will be an 11-a-side affair played for 60 minutes.
“This is the fifth year we have AJFC on our calendar and I am proud to say that our aim has never wavered. When AJFC was first introduced in Malaysia in 2012, we aspired to give the best raw talent in this country a taste of what it’s like to play at one of Europe’s biggest club and possibly carve out a career in sports. We have delivered that dream every edition since and here we are doing it again in 2016,” said Zakri Khir, CEO of Allianz Malaysia Berhad during the launch at Menara Allianz Sentral.
“This year we want to enhance the competition and add an extra dimension to the quality of the league by opening up the competition to bigger demographics, giving more opportunities to young talents in the country with the inclusion of the East Coast region and use of the competitive 11-a-side format. It is important for us that the AJFC stays relevant, that it provides a platform where young players between 14 to 16 years old can excel at football and experience what it is like training at the highest level. It is also important that the competition continues to challenge, mould and motivate them,” added Zakri.
The AJFC Malaysia League will take place between 2 April and 28 May 2016 at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi (Central region); Kompleks Sukan Hang Jebat, Malacca (South region) and Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang (North region) and Padang Majlis Perbandaran Kuantan and Kolej Islam Pahang Kuantan (East Coast region).
The regional selection panel will then select the top 18 players from each region to form four regional teams that will compete in the National Finals. Following three days of centralised training, the four teams will go head to head to determine the winner at the Grand Final on 3 and 4 June 2016. At the culmination of the Grand Finals 13 players will be selected to attend the AJFC Asia Camp in Bali, Indonesia from 28-31 July 2016. From the Asia Camp, the best three players will be selected to attend AJFC in Munich, Germany in August 2016.
“AJFC doesn’t just offer young Malaysians a chance to play the game they love; we want them to be inspired from their training with the FC Bayern Munich official youth coaches from rubbing shoulders with FC Bayern players, from being in the Bavarian city and watching the home team play at the iconic Allianz Arena. In 2012, two Malaysians made it to Munich. Last year we had five - courtesy of the two wildcards from the Asian Camp. What it shows is that we do have talent in this country and Allianz is more than happy to help them along in realising their dreams,” continued Zakri.
To register for the AJFC, aspiring football players between the ages of 14 to 16 will need to form a team of 18 players, a coach, and a manager. Registration and information on AJFC Malaysia League are available at www.allianzfootball.com.my and on Allianz Malaysia’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AllianzMalaysia
Registrations are open from 16 February until 16 March 2016. Entries are limited to first 80 teams.