Schools World Cup for SA youth

After delivering on its promise of the 17 guarantees of the 2010 World Cup, the South African government is going further by introducing a new soccer tournament.

After delivering on its promise of the 17 guarantees of the 2010 World Cup, the South African government is going further by introducing a new soccer tournament.

It is aimed at teaching pupils about the importance of hosting the tournament.

The SA Schools World Cup, which will be funded by the national Department of Education, will be run by the South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa).

It will be an Under-13 and Under-17 competition for both boys and girls. The 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee are partners in the tournament.

"The concept was first introduced at a National Coordinating Committee meeting where all the sporting codes attended," said Steve Pila, Sasfa general secretary.

"The executive of Sasfa had a lengthy discussion about it and resolved to work with the Department of Education and other stakeholders.

"Sasfa will administer, coordinate and manage the event.

The Department of Education will provide operational requirements and capacity.

"We have agreed that all the provincial chairmen will assist the Department of Education and Sport and Recreation South Africa in the running of the tournament.

"We encourage schools to register both boys and girls so that all the children can benefit. The tournament is also affording us the opportunity to develop women's soccer," said Pila, who is also the LOC competitions division's manager.

He also said schools reaching the last-32 stage will adopt the 32 countries qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

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