NFABD's Youth Leagues kick off
Friday, March 2, 2018
NFABD’s Under-19 and Under-16 youth leagues have kicked off.
There are 20 teams competing in the Under-19 league and 15 in the Under-16 league - both of which are divided into two groups.
This year marks the first time NFABD is organising an Under-19 league.
The Under-16 league is being organised for the third time, with FIFA once again providing support in terms of equipment, jerseys, shoes and balls.
The eight-team NFABD Under-16 Premier League is made up of the teams which competed in last year’s NFBAD Under-16 Youth League.
From the 10 teams in last year’s NFBAD Under-16 Youth League, two teams moved to this year’s Under-19 league - BESA FA and Tabuan A, which is the national Under-17 youth academy.
The key NFABD Under-16 Premier League game last Sunday was the one between last year’s runners-up Projek Ikan Pusu (PIP) and third-placed Rimba Star.
PIP won the game 3-0, sending a strong marker to the rest of the teams.
Meanwhile, the seven teams in the NFABD Under-16 Second League are all newcomers to NFBAD leagues, including Jerudong International School (JIS) and International School Brunei (ISB).
For the first time in a NFABD organised youth league, the teams are playing in their respective home fields.
Two games were played in Belait (Seria Arena field) over the last two Sundays and three games will be played this weekend at the Tutong Sports Complex - providing more football fans the chance to watch their local team in action.
The Under-16 teams started the championship on Sunday with six games while eight games were played during the start of the Under-19 league on February 18.
The Sports School beat Jerudong FC 2-1 in the opening game of this year’s youth league on February 17.