Footy Japan, owner and operator of the highly-popular British Football Academy (BFA), are proud to announce the start of the inaugural season of the International Junior League (IJL).
Kicking off on January 13th and running throughout this term, the league will comprise four teams playing each other twice. BFA’s very own ‘Jaguars’ are joined in the league by the British School Tokyo, Nishimachi and FC Nomade who have links with Lycee Franco (the French international school in Japan).
The league will consist of two age groups: U10s and U12s and both age groups will compete on the same match days.
The league will be looking to expand after the summer and run through both the autumn and winter terms as more teams join and the IJL becomes a benchmark of international youth football competition in and around Tokyo, enabling children from the international community to enjoy and benefit from competitive football year round.
Sid Lloyd, Footy Japan’s founder and Managing Director, is thrilled with the prospect of the league.
“The adult ‘Tokyo Metropolis League’ has been running for 12 seasons (years) very successfully now, but I have always wanted to have a league for the international children to play in. Now, with the start of the IJL, I hope we can build this competition into something young footballers can truly enjoy, benefit from, improve as players and grow as young sportspeople,” Lloyd enthused.
Any schools or teams wishing to join or know more about the IJL, please contact Footy Japan at: [email protected]