Home U-16 to take on the region's best
Home United will be Singapore's sole representatives in the upcoming Asia Champions Trophy (ACT) Under-16 tournament.
Speaking at a press conference at Bishan Stadium yesterday, Azrulnizam Shah Sohaimi, general manager of the Protectors, said this was the first time that Home will be a part of such a competition.
"We believe strongly in the need to develop our youth, and this gives us another platform to show our investment.
"Our boys will get to experience what it's like playing like a professional footballer, including travelling, playing in front of thousands of fans and even facing the media scrutiny."
Into its second year, the ACT U-16 tournament is organised by Frenz United Football Club, in collaboration with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
The tournament will bring 12 teams together from across Asia and spans a four-month period, from May 17 to Aug 30.
The matches will be played in 11 stadiums across the continent in a group format, with home-and-away ties.
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The semi-finals (Aug 9 and 16) and final (Aug 23 and 30) will also be played on a home-and-away basis.
Home will be joined by PFV FA Vietnam, All India Football Federation, Frenz United Indonesia, Frenz United Malaysia "A" and Timor Leste U-16 in Group A.
In Group B, last year's champions, Chonburi FC from Thailand, will be joined by Frenz United Malaysia "B", Lao Toyota FC, the Myanmar national U-16s, Phnom Penh Crown FC and Guangdong FA of China.
The Young Protectors will play their first match against Timor Leste U-16 at Jalan Besar Stadium at 7.30pm tonight. Entrance is free.
The other two matches will see Frenz United Indonesia take on PVF Vietnam at Singaperbangsa Stadium in Indonesia, while Frenz United Malaysia A and AIFF India clash at the Frenz Stadium in Malaysia.