Lahore, Tuesday, October 4, 2011, PFF Press Release: The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has been conferred to host the prestigious “AFC U14 Festival of Football 2012 Central Region” in Islamabad from April 2 to 17, 2012. The award for holding this festival shows the confidence reposed in the PFF professional competency, administrative skills and devotion displayed for the promotion and development of football in Asia.
According to the press release issued here by PFF, the U-14 fortnight Festival is a multipurpose playing and educational festival which focuses on entertainment for the youngster.
The U-14 Festival is designed to fetch definite development enhancing technical abilities of the participants that will augur well for Asia. The main core of the festival is to create a positive and enjoyable life experience for children through the festival and in the process raise the standard of overall performance and support the development of each individual player within the game of football in Asia.
The objective of the festival is to provide U-14 players the opportunity to play and gain experience in which the goal is to achieve certain physical, technical and tactical development rather than emphasis on winning, to provide continuous player development pathway from the grassroots at school level to the elite at the continental level and ensure smooth transition for the elite player at International level and enhance the role of the youth development programme in Member Associations (MA), thus encourage the MA to start early for their national team in preparation for future AFC competitions. To provide platform to discover and recruit talented young coaches and referees for AFC future project programme.
The Member Associations for the Central Region Festival are: Football Association of Turkmenistan, Football Federation of Kyrgyz Republic, IR Iran Football Federation, Tajikistan Football Federation, The Football Federation of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan Football Federation.