The Ghana Football Association has officially launched the National U15 Championship at the Conference Center of the federation on Monday, September 26, 2016.
This will be the first of its kind as the FA commences a four-year agenda of youth development system.
Launching the championship, the acting President of the Ghana Football Association, George Afriyie made reference to the call by the substantive president’s vision of developing youth football when he was re-elected to the high GFA office last year in Tamale.
In an address by the Chairman of the National Juvenile League and Vice Chairman of the Black Starlets management committee Kweku Eyiah, the Ghana FA conducted a nationwide tour a few weeks ago to initiate the exercise.
Delivering a speech on behalf of the GFA President who was away in Cairo, George Afriyie disclosed that young referees will also be trained to officiate during the championship.
“This vision will see young referees who are almost of the same age with the players, trained to handle the matches when the championship kicks off,” George Afriyie said.
In all, 16 teams will be taking part in the competition nationwide on regional basis in two zones.
The Northern Zone will be made up of teams from Ashanti A, Ashanti B, Brong Ahafo A, Brong Ahafo B, Upper East, Upper West, Northern and Utrecht Academy.
The following will also be teams from the Southern Zone; Greater Accra A, Greater, Accra B, Central, Western, Eastern, Volta, Unistar Academy and Winneba Academy.
Sources close to the FA have revealed that each participating team will receive the following from the FA ahead of the league; 2 Sets of jerseys, 2 goalkeepers gloves, 40 bibs, 40 shin guards, 40 pair of socks, 20 pair of boots, 15 balls and 1 ball bag.
About fifty coaches nationwide recently received training by the FA to coach the various teams that will be taking part in the league.