Youth soccer league kicks off in Changsha
The first China youth non-profit soccer league kicked off in Changsha, Hunan province, on July 3, with 12 teams from 11 provinces and regions taking part in the competition.
Famous domestic soccer couches including Wei Qun, Peng Weiguo, Xu Yang and Yang Pengfeng, were invited to give tips and advice to the young charges.
Liu Cheng, director of the youth soccer foundation, had a very positive attitude towards the future of soccer in Changsha when talking about why he chose the city to host the event. "I was a graduate in Changtangli Primary School in Changsha, my alma mater has cultivated a lots of excellent soccer players."
A total of 12 teams from 11 provinces and regions attend the first China youth non-profit soccer league in Changsha, on July 3. [Photo/www.changsha.cn]
There are 18 schools in Yuhua district which have been listed as national soccer specialized schools including Yuhua Middle School, Dexinyuan Primary School and Changtangli Primary School.
Changsha soccer teams have won championships more than 70 times in various competitions, with 137 local graduates currently professional soccer players, of which three are on the national team, and more than 20 play for the Chinese Football Association Super League and Chinese Football Association Series League.
Sponsored by China Youth Soccer Non-profit Foundation and Changsha municipal bureau of sports, the competition aims to provide a more professional platform for young soccer players from inland cities with fewer opportunities to develop their skills.
The first non-profit training camp for soccer coaches was launched concurrently, where over 120 young soccer coaches from six provinces and regions will be trained for free.
Young footballers warm up before the competition. [Photo/icswb.com]
Source: Changsha Evening News