Fri, 21 Mar 2003

U-12 heat involves 4,300 players

JAKARTA: Around 400 teams with 4,300 players, all under 12, will be involved in the qualifying stage of the Danone Nations Cup, the organizing committee confirmed here on Thursday.

The qualifying matches will be held in 12 towns and cities from March 22 to April 13. The qualifying venues include Jakarta, Bogor, Bandung, Medan, Padang, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Denpasar, Malang, Makassar and Banjarmasin.

The 12 winning teams will qualify for the finals to be held in Jakarta on 18 April through 19 April.

The champion will represent Indonesia at the international Danone U-12 soccer festival in Paris in early June, where it will join 31 other teams from all over the world. -- JP