When the sixth edition of the AirAsia KL Junior League kicked off in February 2018, the competition made history with its largest season to date making it the biggest cross-age group youth football league in Kuala Lumpur.
The current season includes 71 teams competing across 5 age groups with over 1,500 children playing a total of 710 matches at The New Camp, Bandar Utama.
In September 2015 the KL Junior League was launched. It started with 32 teams and 4 age groups playing every Sunday morning.
The Under 8s played 5-a-side with the Under 10s to Under 14s playing 7-a-side football. The format was simple: 7 matches over 3 months giving teams the opportunity to put their training into match practice. It gave teams regular, age centric and competitive football.
The format was simple: 7 matches over 3 months giving teams the opportunity to put their training into match practice
The structure of our age groups came from the English FA’s format for youth football. Focusing on young players getting more touches of the ball, the format improves opportunities for decision making to occur.
September 2015 | Season 1, Week 1 – The first ever KL Junior kicks off at The New Camp, Bandar Utama
October 2015 | Under 10 action as FC Kuala Lumpur take on Ombak FC in the first season of the KL Junior League
February 2016 | SKBD FT take on FC Kuala Lumpur U11 in the second season of the KL Junior League
November 2016 | For its third season, the league added an Under 16 competition playing 11-a-side football
DARING TO DREAM
In 2017 the KL Junior League partnered with AirAsia to introduce the AirAsia KL Junior League with the dream of increasing the opportunities for children to play football in Malaysia. The influx of new times meant an increase in competition and for first time we had 2 groups in an age group competing for the ultimate AirAsia Cup.
FIGHTING FOR THE CUP
Fast forward to 2018 and the current season sees 4 out of 5 age groups with enough teams to form 2 groups. For the first time in 6 seasons, the league will implement qualifying rounds in the journey to becoming AirAsia KL Junior League Champions.
The underlying ethos is still about development though, and when teams get knocked out of the Cup they will play against other teams in the same position with the idea that your last game should always be the most competitive.