The JSSL International 7s tournament is all set for kickoff in Singapore on Saturday (April 28) with a record participation of 350 teams from 15 nations.
Registering a spike from 260 participants last year, the region’s largest youth football tournament will also see teams from Vietnam and Spain participate for the first time.
The 2018 edition of the professional academy 7s competition will also feature a stellar line-up of academy players from Liverpool FC, Manchester United, and Fulham FC from England; Urawa Reds from Japan; and Valencia CF from Spain.
The various international clubs will also be joined by a Singapore-based team from JSSL FC.
Teams will get at least six matches under their belts in the group stage, serving a valuable learning opportunity for players to go up against different teams and styles of football. They will bid to outplay one another and secure a spot in the finals, to be played at the Padang on Monday, April 30th.
The preliminary round match up against Manchester United and Liverpool academies will take place on Saturday at 7.50pm at the Padang.
The Guest of Honour for this year’s event is former England striker, Teddy Sheringham, who scored more than 290 goals over a 22-year career where he turned out for the likes of United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Also in town for the event will be Manchester United Academy Director Nicky Butt, one of the members of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Class of 1992.
Added JSSL managing Director Davis: “This year’s tournament has gotten even better than last year’s, thanks to the generous support of all our sponsors and partners. What has always been at the core of the JSSL 7’s is the unique experience that the children and their families walk away with from Singapore and the JSSL 7’s."