Japan will host several Under-15 teams from Southeast Asia in the “Japan-Mekong U-15 Football Exchange Programme,” the Japan Football Association announced on Friday.
Youth sides from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Laos will join Japan and U-15 teams from J-League clubs Vissel Kobe and Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the event, which will take place between July 1 and 3 at J-GREEN Sakai in Osaka Prefecture.
Participants from Southeast Asia will stay in Japan through July 5 as part of a cultural program arranged by event co-sponsors Japan Foundation Asia Centre.
“The collaboration with countries in the Mekong region is important not only for the Japanese government, but also in the world of football,” said JFA president Kuniya Daini. “With their vast human resources and strong passion for football, I believe that the region will have many developed football countries in the future.
“I believe this programme will provide vital experiences for youth players who may one day play for their national teams.”
The event is being held in commemoration of the 7th Japan-Mekong Summit, which will take place in Tokyo on July 4.