The opening tournament will feature 50 teams, which includes The British School Manila, Makati Football Club, De La Salle Zobel, Tanauan, Atheltico Diliman, G8, Manila Japanese Football Club, Tuloy sa Don Bosco, Angono Rizal and RAYA FC.
For the tournament, the grass pitch will be named “Simon Mann Field”, while the turf pitch will be named “Don Jones Field”.
The father and son duo of Tomas and SeLu Lozano of pioneer youth club Makati FC has created a league whose thrust is growing the sport.
Tomas Lozano has been bringing Makati FC to Gothia Cup in Sweden to represent the Philippines for 37 consecutive years. Through NCRFA, it aims to elevate the level of youth tournaments locally as what the club have experience abroad.
“We hope that through Manila Youth Football League we will be able to bring together as many people as we can. People from all walks of life through the sport that we all love,“ he added.
Aside from the Gothia Cup, Makati FC was also invited to the Paris World Games last July, where its two age groups teams made it finals appearance with the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop.
"This gave the club the inspiration to create Manila Youth Football League, rebrand of their existing NCRFA," said Tomas Lozano.