2015 China (Shanghai) International Youth Football Tournament
Updated: 2015-08-12

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 Editor's note

The 2015 China (Shanghai) International Youth Football Tournament kicks off on July 11, with an aim to connect young soccer teams from around the world and promote the development of youth soccer in China.

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A total of 12 teams, with eight from abroad, will participate in the weeklong tournament. The foreign teams include a German youth soccer club from Frankfurt, Spain's Escola Esportiva Guineueta club, Cameroun's Yaounde 1-APEJES Academy and Australia's South Melbourne Football Club.

The four domestic teams are from Shanghai, Fujian province and the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

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 Nation works to rebuild its soccer ‘pyramid’

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Overseas Chinese have provided strong support to the 2015 China (Shanghai) International Youth Football Tournament, an event to promote the growth of youth soccer in the country, according to organizers.

Data from the Shanghai Overseas Chinese Foundation shows that overseas Chinese contributed about 5.6 million yuan ($900,000) to sponsoring eight foreign teams' insurance, return flights and other related expenses.

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China's bid for a level playing field

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Youth football tournament expected to help young players learn from international competition.

In hosting the 2015 China (Shanghai) International Youth Football Tournament, the first of its kind, physical educators and football experts hoped the event would introduce new training expertise and team-building skills as the country looks to inject new life into youth football.

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 Overseas Chinese offer full support to help share experiences

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"Without support from those overseas Chinese, the preparation of the tournament might not have gone as smoothly as it did," said Shen Ming, president of the Shanghai All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese.

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