Technical Division

AFC Youth Panel meets for seventh time

Thursday, March 14, 2019
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Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Youth Panel pledged to continue the promotion and development of Elite Youth Football in Asia following their seventh meeting at the AFC House in the Malaysian capital on Thursday. 

The 14-member panel and AFC Technical Director Andy Roxburgh, who led the meeting, discussed a range of key topics focusing on developing young players in Asia.

“This panel is responsible for elite youth development for boys and girls. If you don’t promote youth football, teams won’t make it at the top level. Qatar is a good example as Felix Sanchez their national coach was involved in the youth development and as you know, they won the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019,” said Roxburgh.

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Among the important issues highlighted included an update on the AFC Elite Youth Scheme and how the Scheme can be improved and promoted to the AFC’s Member Associations (MA).

The AFC Elite Youth Team Scheme is an important step in talent development that will help MAs to further develop their youth programmes.

To enhance the standards of elite player development, AFC’s Youth Scheme has highlight a number of criteria that are necessary for the education of talented players – many of whom will become future international players.