Team coaches at the AFC U-13 Girls’ Football Tournament now underway in the Sri Lankan capital are happy with the opportunity for the players to gain more experience in international tournaments.

AFC has been holding the event annually as an educational event for the past few years but this year, the AFC Girls’ Festival has become a full-fledged tournament which sets the stage for more young women to be involved in the game.

The champion team will be presented with a trophy courtesy of the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) in addition to gold medals while the runner-up teams will be awarded silver and bronze medals. There are also special awards for the highest goal scorer and best goal keeper.



A social responsibility programme focusing on healthy lifestyle and girls’ empowerment is being held for the first time at the AFC U-13 Girls’ Football Tournament in the Sri Lankan capital.

During the campaign, the players produce posters about a healthy lifestyle, anti-smoking, HIV and AIDS awareness which are displayed at the dining area.

The activity is conducted during the players’ lunch and dinner times without interfering with their match schedule or preparation. The best posters will be appreciated with a token of appreciation from AFC.

The teams’ head coaches have hailed the programme that will help drive the message to the girls that football goes hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle.

Iran Head Coach Ms. Mariam said: “The SR initiatives to educate and create awareness are an excellent effort because it is very important for young girls to have a better life quality.”

India Coach Anita Sharkar said: “We appreciate the AFC’s effort on social development and the initiatives should continue every year and in every youth tournament.”



The matches at the AFC U-13 Girls’ Football Tournament kicked off on Saturday at the Police Grounds in the Sri Lankan capital aimed at giving girls from the South and Central regions of Asia more exposure to the game.

Three matches conducted on the first day were Iran vs. Bhutan, Jordan vs. Sri Lanka and India vs. Palestine






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