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JFA to co-host inaugural grassroots event “JFA+FAS Uniqlo Football Kids” with Football Association of Singapore

08 October 2014

JFA to co-host inaugural grassroots event “JFA+FAS Uniqlo Football Kids” with Football Association of Singapore

The Japan Football Association hosts “JFA + FAS Uniqlo Football Kids” in cooperation with Singapore Association of Singapore and Uniqlo Co., Ltd. on Sunday 12 October in Singapore.

Since its launch in 2003, JFA Soccer Kids have gathered approximately 170,000 participants throughout the nation. It includes programmes that enable participants to enjoy football through mini-soccer played by the smaller number of players. Another 20,000 kids are projected to take part in this year’s series of events taking place all over the country, including six-year old kids and younger except for elementary school students.

By spreading out the knowhow of the event programmes to Asian football associations, the JFA aims at the development of football in Asia and the international contribution through football. It would be much appreciated if you all media persons to come and visit the event for your coverage.

Event Outline

JFA+FAS Uniqlo Football Kids

Japan Football Association, Football Association of Singapore (FAS)

Uniqlo Co., Ltd.

Mini-soccer festival

120 boys and girls of age 6 or younger (40 Japanese and 80 Singaporeans projected)

Date & Time:
Sunday 12 October, 2014 at 4 pm *Postponed if storm

Jalan Besar Stadium (100 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207542)

Football Association of Singapore TBD
OTOMA Naoki, Group Executive Vice President of Uniqlo Co., Ltd.
THO Lye Sam, Senior Human Resources Director of FAST RETAILING(SINGAPORE)
DAINI Kuniya, Chairman of Japan Football Association
*The application has already been closed.

JFA+FAS Uniqlo Football Kids Logo Design

Jalan Besar Stadium

JFA Uniqlo Soccer Kids

JFA Uniqlo Soccer Kids is a football festival mainly for six-year old kids or younger. Under the support from Uniqlo Co., Ltd., the JFA hosts the event at 14 sites throughout Japan. The event aims that kids enjoy playing 8-on-8 football with little emphasis on winning or losing. No fee is charged to participate in the event. All participants are provided with a “T-shirt” by Uniqlo Co., Ltd. It is very important for kids to experience playing football matches, but in addition to that, other attractions are prepared as well for their individual skills improvement, providing places where even kids with no match experience can enjoy football.

“JFA Kids Soccer Festival Uniqlo Soccer Kids!” was launched as part of JFA Kids Programme and as one of 2002 FIFA World Cup Memorial Projects. It took place in Fukuoka, Yokohama and Osaka in the first year.

The event was expanded to six domes and football fields in the nation

The title and logo were renewed.

About our projects in Asia

The JFA coordinates with a number of Asian countries and football associations for developing coaches, training young generation of players and inviting teams and delegations to Japan. Since 2013, the JFA sells the broadcast rights of SAMURAI BLUE’s (Japan National Team) international friendlies and more than 50 countries have been broadcast live (including non-exclusive areas) in order to develop “Japanese football” popularity and to boost football in the entire world. By adding this new project, the JFA works to contribute to the Asian region by using all levels of platform from grassroots to the national team.

Relationship with Football Association of Singapore

The JFA concluded a partnership agreement with the Football Association of Singapore on April, 2014. The aim is to interact with each other through football including dispatching coaches and referee instructors. In the past, the JFA sent off coaches for Singapore National U-16 and U-14 team. Japan has welcomed training camps of various age categories including Singapore National Team. On the other hand, Japan National Team held a training camp in Singapore prior to the match against Malaysia at the final round of London Olympics Asian Qualifiers in February, 2012.

On June, 2013, the J.League entered into the partnership agreement with Football Association of Singapore, which operates the Singapore League (S.League). The partnership aims at quality improvement in various fields such as communication, marketing, game operations, academies and player transfers. One J.League match of every week has been broadcast live on Singapore’s largest cable television “Starhub”. 

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