JPV-Malaya Football Club (Malaya FC) delivered a dominant performance in the recently concluded season 2 of the Youth Football League (YFL) to lift the championship trophy in the U-11 and U15 categories.
The youth development arm of JPV Marikina FC, Malaya FC also emerged first runner up in U-13 and women’s U-17. In division 2, Malaya FC won the plate championship in U-7 and U-9, first runner up in U-17, and second runner up in U-15 (born 2004 team).
In the hotly contested U-15 category, Malaya FC outplayed 14 other teams to win not only the gold but also Most Valuable Player honors for Jenil Gorre – a midfielder but also a prolific all-around player – and Best GK for keeper Lance Jeter Bencio.
In early October this year, the same U-15 team reached the finals of the Borneo Cup, outgunning youth clubs from Malaysia and Hongkong and bowing only to the Singapore team.
In the U-11 age group that also saw a total of 15 teams, MVP honors went to Malaya FC’s striker Ralph Valentine Capis, while Malaya FC keeper Simon Elijah Soco was awarded Best GK.
A total of 81 teams in 8 categories played in season 2 of YFL, which is now on its second year. In its website, YFL said “the league aims to provide organized football competitions throughout the year, catering to youth clubs and players looking for more opportunities to play beyond their school varsities.” Malaya FC fielded teams in 7 of the 8 categories.
Founded in March 2013, Malaya FC (fb: Malaya Football) is a non-stock, non-profit organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It has close to 180 active youth players with ages ranging from 6 to 16.
About 70 percent of Malaya FC’s players are football scholars from underprivileged families who, thanks to donors and paying members, have a chance to play the beautiful game and a shot at a better future.