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Pictures from Football West's U-16 trip to China last year. Photos by Football West

Football West set for China return

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UPDATE: WA’s growing relationship with football in Asia will strengthen further this year after Football West was invited to send the Gold Fields Under 15 State boys’ team to compete in the Jinshan International Youth Football Championship in China.

Football West was invited to enter a side in the tournament in 2017 and will return in August.

Clubs from around the world have been invited to take part in the event, including EPL champions Manchester City, Europa League winners Atletico Madrid, Serie A duo Inter and AC Milan and French outfit Lyon.

China will enter two of their national youth sides.

The squad will leave Perth on August 21 and return on September 1.

Football West CEO James Curtis said: “China is a key part of our Asian Engagement Strategy.

“Being invited back to this tournament shows the quality of WA football on the global stage.

“I would also like to thank Gold Fields and to reiterate how much we value our partnership and in promoting WA football.”  

Last year an Under-16 Football West side played in the tournament, where they met Spanish team Granada as well as Shanghai Shenxin and the Chinese National Youth team.

Before naming a squad, Football West will hold open trials for players born in 2003.

The dates of the trials are:

  • Saturday, June 16, 10-11am at Gibbney Reserve, Maylands

  • Monday, June 18, 6.30-7.30pm at Raphael Park, Victoria Park

  • Saturday, June 23, 10-11am at Gibbney Reserve, Maylands

  • Monday, June 25, 6.30-7.30pm at Raphael Park, Victoria Park

  • Saturday, June 30, 9.30-10.30am at Gibbney Reserve, Maylands

Players are advised to turn up 30 minutes before each trial begins.

Players will be advised via email after each trial whether they have been successful and invited back for further assessment.

After the final trial, successful players will be invited to attend training sessions with Football West coaches Garry Church and Brad Hassell on Monday evenings at Raphael Park in Victoria Park.

Players interested in attending the trials can register HERE