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The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has announced its plans to host a FIFA World Youth Championship and it is understood that FAS is eyeing either the 2017 or 2019 Championships.
SINGAPORE: The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has announced its plans to host a FIFA World Youth Championship.
FAS president Zainudin Nordin said at the national sports association's annual general meeting on Tuesday evening that the FAS has expressed its interest to FIFA to put in a bid for the event.
TODAY understands that the FAS is eyeing either the 2017 or 2019 Championships.
Said Zainudin: "Our experience in hosting the inaugural editions of the Asian Youth Games in 2009 and Youth Olympic Games in 2010, coupled with the successful hosting of several high-profile international events such as the 117th International Olympic Committee Session and the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings in Singapore in the past few years has given us confidence that we could and should aspire to host key football-related events including a FIFA age-group competition sometime in the near future.
"We humbly believe that Singapore has the capabilities to host such events which will help to further raise the appeal and popularity of sports including football, in Singapore."
There are two World Youth Cups that are organised biennially by FIFA - an Under-20 tournament and an U-17 event.
The last time a World Youth Cup was held in Southeast Asia was in 1997 when Malaysia hosted the U-20 tournament.
The FAS also revealed on Tuesday that it will be signing a football partnership with the French Football Federation (FFF) soon.
The collaboration will see friendly matches between clubs of both countries, which will provide increased international exposure for local footballers, said Zainuddin.
Promising youth players and coaches will also get to go for training stints at the FFF's training academies.
The FAS also unveiled two new vice-presidents in its Council – they are Bernard Tan and Edwin Tong. The latter is the Member of Parliament for Moulmein-Kallang GRC.