International youth football competition kicks off in city

This year's competition has 16 men's U17 school football teams from 10 countries and regions, comprising over 400 people.
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Teen soccer players from China's High School Football United team and the Arsenal Soccer School compete on Sunday.

The High School Football United team from China's mainland and the Arsenal Soccer School from Hong Kong kicked off the China (Shanghai) International Youth Football Invitational 2018 with a 1:1 draw on Sunday evening.

The match took place on the Qingpu Campus of the High School Affiliated to Fudan University, where an opening ceremony of the competition was also held before the match.

The event, hosted by the Ministry of Education, All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese and the Shanghai Government, was initiated in 2015 and has attracted 44 male youth school football teams from 16 countries and regions over the past three years, building friendships and exchanging skills and techniques through football competitions. 

This year’s competition has 16 men’s U17 school football teams from 10 countries and regions, comprising a total of over 400 people.

It is the first time the China High School Football United Team has participated in the competition.

The team consists of 22 players selected from the top rookies of the High School Division of the 2017 China National Youth Soccer Summer Camp, with famous Chinese football star Zhu Guanghu as its head coach.

The remaining matches will take place across four districts in Shanghai with the final to be held on July 14 at the No. 1 High School Affiliated to Tongji University in Yangpu District.

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Teen soccer players from China's High School Football United team and the Arsenal Soccer School compete on Sunday.

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