|Việt Nam Football Federation General Secretary Lê Hoài Anh (right) and Thái Sơn Nam Company General Director Nguyễn Hồng Hải at the sponsoring ceremony for the U17 tournament in Hà Nội. — VNS Photo Khiếu Thanh Hà|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The National U17 Football Championship will see the largest number of participants who are expected to bring exciting matches for football lovers next month.
This year, 12 teams, four more than previously, who advanced from the qualifications, will take part in the final from August 2-18.
They are divided into two groups. Group A will compete at the Hòa Thành Stadium in Tây Ninh Province and Group B will play at the Thành Long Stadium in HCM City.
Teams will play in a round robin format in the group stage with the four best teams advancing to the semi-finals.
The winners will walk away with VNĐ50 million (US$2,300)
“The new mode of the tournament is designed to create more opportunities for the young players. They will absorb the experience in such events in preparation for their future,” said Lê Hoài Anh, Việt Nam Football Federation’s general secretary.
VFF officials would also watch the entire tournament with care to select talented players for the national team, who will compete at the coming ASEAN U16 Championship later this year, he said.
It is for the sixth year in a row that the Thái Sơn Nam Company has offered to be the main sponsor of the tournament. — VNS