KARACHI:The fourth edition of Standard Chartered Karachi United Youth League, organized by Karachi United, kicked off on Friday.
This year’s league will see five boys’ competitions in the following age categories: Under 10 years, Under 12 years, Under 14 years and Under 16 years including a Government School competition. The format is that of a group system from which the top teams qualify directly for the quarter-finals and beyond. The Standard Chartered KU Youth League will also increase girls participation (through a Girls tournament) this year to 120 girls.
This year’s competition will see a total of more than 1000 boys and girls from across Karachi participate in matches. In order to increase the standard of the league, official referees and match commissioners have been appointed for every match.
A total of 199 matches will be played in six different locations including Old Golimar, Shireen Jinnah, Malir, Baldia, Ibrahim Hyderi and Orangi Town, which promises to attract football fans from all over Karachi.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Rehan Shaikh, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Pakistan said, “Standard Chartered is proud to partner for the fourth year with Karachi United to bring to you the “SC KU Youth League”.
In the last three years more than 2600 children went through the SC KU league experience which was not only restricted to football, but also included coaching in life skills, team work and other areas.
“Standard Chartered has a long association with football and we are proud to be leading such a transformational initiative with Karachi United in the country,” he said.
Imran Ali, CEO, Karachi United said: “The league is a ray of light and an extremely exciting platform for young players across our community centers especially given the challenges over the last year.
“Additionally, we are very proud of our partnership with Standard Chartered as we have moved further and are now focusing on coaches’ development as witnessed by the investment in the LFC Train the Trainer workshop. We are confident this will improve standards of coaching and football across Karachi along with building better communities.”