Edgar Davids is in Singapore as the tournament ambassador of Tiger Street Football 2012, set to happen at Clarke Quay's Central Fountain from June 1-2, and took time to praise the foresight of Asia Pacific Breweries in organising the tournament.
The tournament will feature a total of 169 teams with participants from nations across South-East Asia and China. The Singaporean edition of the tournament will be a stepping stone to the grand finals on September 29 in Ho Chi Minh city.
Speaking to the assembled reporters at a press conference held at Marina Bay Sands, Davids, a former Holland and Juventus star, encouraged the continuation of such competitions to promote the increasing popularity of street football in South-East Asia.
"The oval pitch with no sidelines and the non-stop style makes the football played very fast and exciting. Street football is already a very recognisable sport, and this tournament will play it's part in growing its prominence in South-East Asia," Davids told Goal.com Singapore.
"I advise young players to continue honing their technical skills on small pitches such as these, before making the step up to 11 a-side football.
"In Holland, clubs encourage their youth players to keep on practicing on reduced pitches. Quite apart from making them better players, organising tournaments such as this gives them purpose. It increases their dedication and discipline to honing their skills, helping them to succeed in their future sporting endeavours.
"I see Tiger Street Football laying the foundation for Asian football for many years to come," Davids concluded.
The top four sides to emerge from an elimination format featuring 32 local teams on Friday will next pit their skills against four international challengers from Brazil, Argentina, Malaysia and Thailand, on the way to earning a berth at the grand final in Vietnam.