LAHORE - Punjab Football Association (PFA) will host the National U-16 Football Tournament in July at Qilla Qasim Bagh Stadium, Multan.

PFA president Sardar Naveed Haider Khan said this while presiding over the association’s general council meeting held here at the FIFA Football House on Sunday. The members and office-bearers of 21 districts of Punjab attended the meeting and reposed their full confidence in the leadership of Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat and assured their full support and backing for him.

Naveed said: “The District Football Association (DFA) Multan will be the host of the event. All the matches will be played under floodlights.” The council thanked MNA Amir Dogar and DFA president Multan Mian Javed Qureshi for hosting this prestigious event. The council has directed all district organisations to send all talented players to Multan on June 1 for a four-day trial after which the camp training for 35 players will begin. The final squad of Punjab will be named on June 15.

The PFA council also announced the 1st Inter City League in Punjab to be held in September 2015. Initially, Inter Club Tournament will be held in every district after which this event will be held in each of the nine divisions. Finally, nine city teams - DG Khan FC, Multan FC, Bahawalpur FC, Sahiwal FC, Lahore FC, Faislabad FC, Sargodha FC, Rawalpindi FC and Gujranwala FC will play on home and away basis.

It was also decided that the Punjab women football team will be selected on merit for participation in the 1st Women Football League.  The selected team will go under the training camp here for which the top women coaches will be appointed to impart professional training.

About the various controversies surrounding the elections, all the members said: “We are duly elected and notified members of the PFA.”

Pakistan Referees  Association (PRA) secretary Mian Bari assured he would visit all districts to pick up youngsters who want to become referees. The training camps for existing referees and budding youngsters would be held soon. The new PFA logo was also unveiled and got a unanimous approval and adaptation.

The next PFA general council meeting will be held in July 2015.