MPT- University Football Tournament 2018 Kicks Off

22 Feb 2018

(Yangon, 22 February 2018) MPT MNL is thrilled to announce the first round of 24 team matches of the MPT – University Football Tournament for 2018, held in all universities nationwide. With the involvement of Ministry of Education, respective universities and colleges from Upper and Lower Myanmar will compete for the champion of Myanmar among the universities.

The agreement with MNL signals MPT’s commitment to promote the long-term growth of the “beautiful game”, bringing a new generation of players with innate ability to the fore. With the help of the Ministry of Education, the MPT MNL will highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle through football, bringing good health practices to future generations.

8 zones from Lower Myanmar Universities will select 8 male and 8 female teams to compete male and female matches respectively. From there, champion male and female teams will be chosen and award will be given to 3 winners for each category. Similarly, 6 teams from Upper Myanmar Universities will be chosen from the selected 6 University zones where once again champion teams (male and female) will be chosen and awards will be giving to 3 winning teams. The final 4 teams in each male and female category will be selected from above teams and then compete in Yangon for the national level championship match, with the winning female and male teams receiving a trophy and cash prize. Once again, MPT MNL will include female participation to grow the number of female athletes participating in traditionally male-dominated sports, especially football.

Each game will consist of 25 members including 20 players, a supervisor, a goal advisor, a physician, a coach and a manager. The tournament aims to foster football talents in preparation for the upcoming 2018 ASEAN University Games, which Myanmar is hosting and for Myanmar National University Champion to claim victory. As a primary mission of conducting a fair match, all games will be conducted with rules laid down by the international games to ensure the safety of players is prioritised in the process of achieving victories in the championship.

“We are excited to kick off the MPT- University Football Tournament 2018 around the country. With highest performing teams competing for top honours in University FC this year, it is sure to be an outstanding success. As the first and leading carrier in the country, we are proud to be supporting the development of football, particularly amongst the youth of the nation, and we especially proud to be supporting the female participation in university-level league football. We foresee an upward trend in participation continuing following the launch of our university-level tournaments nationwide,” said Reizo Umeda, Chief Commercial Officer for MPT-KSGM Joint Operations.

“This tournament is a fantastic opportunity for all students of aged between 18 to 28 years old to come together and participate in the game of football that we all love. This inter-university tournament is a brilliant way for players to socialise with each other and create a bond during the game. We are running this tournament to get as many students playing football as possible during these matches as before and it is great to be working with MPT to make this year a thrilling success in fostering the next-generation of football talents in the country. These tournaments will produce future football stars for the country, who we hope will achieve ultimate success in the future. We encourage every university student that is passionate about football to come and participate. We are looking for the best male and female players in each category which is why we are working closely with the Ministry of Education and MPT to find the overall winners. Making it to the University FC and achieving further success could mean being selected at a national level, and becoming football superstars. This is a huge step towards improving football, and we hope that it is exciting and enjoyable for all participating universities,” said U Soe Moe Kyaw, Chief Executive Officer of the Myanmar National League. 

“On behalf of Myanmar Football Industry and University Football Industry, we take pride in the strong efforts of growing youth football in Myanmar are being put into action. As a great source of aerobic exercise, football provides great health benefits improves emotional well-being, energy levels and it is a good moral practice for the future of the country. Further, university-level women’s football has increased in popularity and importance across the globe, and it is deeply important to us that this continues. Not just male but female participation in the MPT-University Football Tournament 2018 will help develop football skills of all Myanmar youth, thereby improving the performance of the country at an international scale in both global leagues,” said Dr. Nay Win Oo, Deputy Director General for Higher Education Department (Yangon), Ministry of Education.