Last update 10/19/2011 11:14:00 AM (GMT+7)

Regional U21 champs to be re-organised

VietNamNet Bridge – The Southeast Asian Under-21 Football Championship will be re-organised next year, according to the Asian Football Federation (AFF).

The event, named the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, will be held in Brunei from February 25 to March 5.

Plans call for all 11 regional teams to take part in the fourth-edition of the competition which is a warm-up for the Asian championships in July.

"The lineup for team Viet Nam will be set early next year to prepare for the tournament. Most players will be selected from the U21 team who won the title at the Thanh Nien newspaper's international championship [early this month]," said Tran Quoc Tuan, general secretary of the Viet Nam Football Federation.

The winning team will walk away with US$15,800. Second and third place teams will receive $7,900 and $3,950, respectively.

The AFF's U21 event was first kicked off in 2005 and was expected to be organised biannually. It was interrupted when Brunei were banned by FIFA due to ‘government interference' in 2009.

At a meeting on Monday, AFF also confirmed that the Under-16 Preparatory Tournament will be hosted by Laos in 2012 in preparation for the final round of the AFC U16 Championship which will begin on September 21.

The tournament is purposely tailored for the three most qualified teams from ASEAN – Thailand, Australia and Laos – alongside one invited team from Asia.

Teams for the AFF U19 Preparatory Tournament will be announced after the results of the ASEAN qualifiers are known.

The final round of the AFC U19 Championship 2012 will be played from November 2-17.

The AFF Futsal Championship 2012 will be held sometime in March in Bangkok.

The AFF Women's Championship 2012 will be held in Viet Nam in July.

VietNamNet/Viet Nam News