Nine teams will compete in the four-month long under-12 premier league football tournament in Kabul which started on Thursday.
The winning team will go through to Afghanistan’s Champions Cup which will be held later this year and include teams from the eight zones around the country, Afghanistan Football Federation said.
The tournament is aimed at identifying the best players for the national under-12 football team as well as strengthening the popular sport in Afghanistan.
“Young athletes are usually highly motivated by football and excited about showing their talent,” said Waheedullah Wahidi, an organizer of the football league.
Some members of the U12 football team said the level of the competition is high this year and that the tournament will help improve their skills in the sport.
“Such competitions are effective for athletes through which they can find their way to the national team,” Siyar, a football player, said.
“The football federation should organize such tournaments because they are effective for players,” said Mahdi, another player.
The Afghanistan Championship Cup will be held among teams from eight zones around the country.