Build up to the International Tournament will begin with the Provincial U19 Selection Tournament scheduled for 19 – 21 June 2015, where final selections for the home team, the KZN Academy X1 will take place. Teams from all 11 SAFA Regions will battle it out during the two-day tournament and the best players will be selected to proceed to the final camp in July where the squad to represent the Province in the Durban U19 International Football Tournament will be selected.
Participating regions include; Umkhanyakude, Zululand, Uthungulu, Amajuba, uThukela, eThekwini, uMgungundlovu, uMzinyathi, Harry Gwala, iLembe and, Ugu. They will be joined by a select number of the KZN Academy X1 team. The games will be played at the Cato Manor Soccer Fields.
The Durban U19 International Football Tournament will take place from Wednesday, 29 July to Saturday, 8 August 2015. Visiting teams that will participate in the international tournament include: English giants Arsenal FC; Italian masters of football, AC Milan; PSV Eindhoven from Holland; Turkey’s Galatasary, Celtic FC of Scotland and Germany’s VfB Stuttgart. The home teams are the KZN Academy X1 and the SAFA National U19 Team. The group stages and quarter-finals will be played at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont and Umlazi’s King Zwelithini Stadium. Semi-finals will be at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu and the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium will host the finals.
Preparations of the facilities are well underway, as all the stadia have been prepared accordingly to accommodate the scheduled double-header games. Accommodation and transport arrangements for the various teams have also been confirmed.