Following a highly successful first attempt, the Cyprus Football Association (KOP/CFA) has organised the second edition of its Grassroots Championships, with the latest group of youngsters beginning their bid for glory in November.
The competition's first staging attracted more than 4,000 schoolchildren from 144 teams, with seven age categories ranging from Under-6 to U12. The tournament ran for five months, comprising games of two 20-minute halves played every weekend until the finals in May.
"Our incentive was for as many kids as possible to play and love the game," said the director of the KOP/CFA competitions department, Harris Kyrillou. "We have achieved that in abundance. A lot of promising talents emerged through the championships."
This season some 260 teams will participate in the event, with the KOP/CFA hopeful of building on an impressive debut campaign. To encourage further growth, the 2010/11 competition – unlike its predecessor – will feature girls.
Grassroots football in Cyprus has made great strides during the last six years. A member of the UEFA Grassroots Charter since October 2008, the KOP/CFA already had rising numbers of youngsters taking part in its regional and national youth championships before the launch of the Grassroots Championships.
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