The league, run by Phuket Soccer Schools (PSS), is designed to promote fair play in football, and to help players integrate and play with other children from different schools, cultural and social backgrounds.
This year, the league scoring includes a bonus points system that will penalise unfair or foul play like shirt-pulling and simulation (diving), with the aim of encouraging fair play in the games.
Under 11 players took part in two friendly games on Sunday to introduce them to the league, while the Under 14 players were grouped into teams named after top footballing nations, with each U14 team playing two 30-minute games.
Thailand Blue got off to a strong start, beating England 7 – 2. Spain came from behind to grab all three points with a 4 – 2 victory over Thailand Green, and finally just sneaked past Brazil in a close match with a 3 – 2 score line.
The second round of fixtures saw some high scoring and close matches, with Brazil conceding a last second equalizer to tie 3 – 3 with Thailand Blue. Argentina played out a thrilling 6 – 6 tie with Argentina, and Spain scored a 9 – 1 victory over England.
The Under 14s will continue their season on Sunday, February 24 at BIS from 4.30pm, and the Under 11s will begin their season games at 3pm.
It’s not too late to join the fun: the Fair Play League is still looking for boys and girls players for both the U11 and U14 competitions.
PSS will allocate players to a team where they can make new friends and have a positive footballing experience.
“PSS think it’s important we emphasise and reinforce the importance of ‘fair play’ in football,” said head coach Martin Hill.
“We hope many positives will come out of the FPL league this year for both players and parents”
For more information or to register for the Fair Play League, email email@example.com