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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperWorld / ChinaAsia PacificUS & CanadaLatin AmericaEuropeAfricaMiddle EastReporters JournalInternational junior tournament to benefit soccer youthBy  Sun Xiaochen (chinadaily.com.cn) Updated:2016-04-01 20:16Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallInspired by Chinas ambition to raise soccers profile nationwide, an international youth soccer tournament was jointly launched on Thursday by private promoters and government departments in Jiangsu province, aimed at improving junior league soccer through foreign exchanges.
The 2016 “Lancy Codion Cup” International Junior Soccer Invitation Tournament will kick off in Haimen, Jiangsu on July 2 with 17 junior teams from strong soccer nations including Spain and Brazil to compete with three local squads at three age categories, Under 10, U12 and U14, over a five-day course.
The tournament was first established in 2012 by Codion United, a youth club owned by a shoe factory in Haimen, and will be financially supported by Chinese high-end fashion brand Lancy this year.
Since it was founded in 2011 by factory owner Li Taizhen, Codion has now signed more than 150 student players aged from 8 to 14, who practice with a 21-member international coaching crew featuring Brazilian and South Korean trainers, while receiving academic education at nearby primary and secondary schools.
All the three Chinese teams participating in the youth tournament are from Codion this year.
“We expected the tournament could help improve our kids physical and mental conditions through competition against their peers from abroad. The international exposure from early on will benefit their future development,” said Li, a fervent soccer fan whose son is also practicing with Codion.
Juliano Rodrigues, a coach from Brazil with Codion, echoed his employer, saying that an international competition helps even more than training sessions in helping junior players mature.
“The effect of our training session should be tested by the tournament, which provides kids a valuable opportunity to assess their competitiveness against foreign counterparts,” said the former goalkeeper coach of the Brazilian U16 national team.
Thanks to the advanced training system as well as support facilities, the U12 team from Codion won the national title in 2014 while three players were enrolled by the national U14 team a year later.
After struggling to earn enough financial and policy support in its early years, the club has now received strong government backing from Haimens sports governing body and education authority.
Wang Yongjun , mayor of Haimen, said at the tournaments launching ceremony on Thursday that the city will continue supporting the club while investing more in youth cultivation to build soccer culture into part of the local character of the city.8.03KPhotoUNs top environmental honors go to three in ChinaGerman trains collide near Duesseldorf, several people injuredLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchEfforts needed for sustainable projects1st Panda cub born in France named Yuan MengFree trade studies agreed on as Li meets with Canadian PM TrudeauChina-JapanChina-USChina-AfricaChina-EuropeLi tells Japanese business leaders its time for bilateral cooperationChina-Japan meet seeks cooperationGroup of lawmakers visit notorious Yasukuni Shrine in JapanJapan can offer experience, expat saysChina-Japan ties seen at dialogue as benefit to regionChina, Japan officials exchange views on security issues at 15th dialogueChinese music finds new foothold in United StatesC919 flies toward air worthinessPolitical leaders: Sino-US relations to growChina vows steps after US launches probe into aluminum tradeGates is added to top-tier Chinese academyYao helps AB InBev fight alcohol abuseAction urged over pollutionUNs top environmental honors go to three in ChinaChina unveils Model Confucius Institute edifice in Ghana universityChina vows to deepen bilateral ties with new Zimbabwe govtChinese, African parties meet to share wisdom on modernization2nd China-Africa Investment Forum begins in MoroccoLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchPeak performance by Chinese nurse on Scotlands mountains9-month festival of Chinese art, heritage to be staged in Liverpool, UK, next yearChina eyes closer economic, trade cooperation with BelarusPremier calls to enhance trade liberalization and facilitation in SCOPremier: China to advance production capacity with UzbekistanAsia PacificUS & CanadaEuropeAfricaMiddle EastChinese tourists go to South KoreaChina-Japan meet seeks cooperationUN envoys trip to DPRK praised by BeijingBelt and Road a great opportunity: Uzbek officialKwaussie wins Australias word of the yearJapan can offer experience, expat saysTrudeau visits Sina WeiboChina, Canada agree to issue joint statement on climate changeDemocrats stand united against GOP tax billUS quits talks on global migration pactTensions triggered over possible moveSino-Canadian bilateral trade ties to deepen furtherMay gets little gasp as EU extends deadline for sufficient progress in Brexit talksRussia banned from Pyeongchang Winter OlympicsGerman trains collide near Duesseldorf, several people injuredLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchBoth first ladies name panda cub Yuan MengLiu Yandong heralds bilateral cooperation in education and researchEthiopian FM urges strengthened Ethiopia-China tiesUNs top environmental honors go to three in ChinaAction urged over pollutionBelt and Road Initiative to help countries achieve UN goals: officialChina unveils Model Confucius Institute edifice in Ghana universityMorocco king holds historic talks with South African president in AbidjanYemens ex-president Saleh, relatives killed by HouthisTrump recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital would raise regional tensionsYemen rattled by raids as clashes spreadSquash a perfect match for girl refugees in JordanSyrian talks in Geneva to continue to Dec 15: UN envoyAll parties in Syria urged to join talksMost PopularHot TopicsMyanmar electionChina and JapanDPRKSyrias refugee crisisGreek debt crisisSouth China SeaMH370Iran nuclear talksMERS virusNepal earthquakeReporters JournalNew ivory ban extensions make more steps in right directionAlliance for Smiles doctors invaluable assets of humanityWoman scientist well remembered in China, USHighlightsXi visits Czech Republic, attends nuclear security summit in the USLancang-Mekong cooperation leaders meetingJohn Kerry visits China…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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