Youth Football

Fundamentally Youth Football is the bridge between the early introductory years to the senior game. There are 2 pathways for the youth player to consider, Community and Elites.

About Youth Football


Fundamentally Youth Football is the bridge between the early introductory years to the senior game. There are 2 pathways for the youth player to consider, Community and Elite.Community football is football played anywhere at any level, in schools, clubs, private academies or local tournaments. Usually it is about playing with friends and having fun. But this pathway is also for the late developer as he /she grows in strength, starts to understand the game better and of course improve in the technical/tactical areas required of elite footballers. Everyone develops differently and through playing more games and improved coaching many players begin to realize their potential later in life and move to the elite pathway. 

Elite Youth Academy Programs

Our long-term is to introduce elite academy programs in key football hubs throughout the country and develop the quality, increase our talent pool and expand our chances of identifying and recruiting talent. These Academies will also provide a pathway to National Leagues and National Teams for more players, Coaches and support staff.


All our Academy Programs to achieve AFC 3 star status and achieve a minimum of 75% succession rate to National Teams.


Provide all Academy players with a holistic development program. Scholastic and Football Education are balanced and individually designed plans to maximize each players potential. ANFA will support, fund all requirements while enrolled in the academy program and report on individual development bi annually.

We will create a culture that encourages individual expression yet respect, humility and responsibility. The program will challenge, inspire and encourage the ambitions to go beyond their potential.

The Academy will provide a planned progression ( to National Teams & National League Teams) with clear guidelines or an exit plan if desired outcomes  are not achieved.


  1. AFC U-17 Champioship 
  2. SAFF U-16Championship 
  3. AFC U-19 Champioship 
  4. SAFF U-19 championship 
  5. Kwik’s Cup( District ,province,National )
  6. Lalit Memorial U-18  Football Tournament .( 14 A-division youth Team) .

Youth Football News


Machhindra Football Club clinches ANFA U-16 Youth League title in dramatic finish

Machhindra Football Club emerged victorious in a nail-biting finale, securing the title of the ANFA U-16 Youth League after a hard-fought 2-1 triumph over Tribhuvan Army Football Club in their last match.

Heading into the crucial fixture, table-toppers Machhindra knew they had to secure a victory to clinch the championship. Meanwhile, second-placed Sankata Club's title aspirations were dashed as they suffered a 6-2 defeat against Nepal Police Club, allowing APF Football Academy to overtake them for second place in the standings.

In a tense encounter, Dakshya Lama gave Army the lead in the 33rd minute, but Bhupendra Dharala equalized for Machhindra in the 51st minute. The match reached a fever pitch as Machhindra secured the win and the title with a dramatic penalty converted by Kabir Tamang in the fifth minute of added time.

Champions Machhindra won the cash prize of Rs 100,000 while APF collected Rs 50,000.

ANFA officials, including Vice President Deepak Khatiwada, General Secretary Kiran Rai, and Ex-Co member Bikash Narayan Shrestha, CEO Indraman Tuladhar, Spokesperson Suresh Shah presided over the award ceremony, presenting certificates and medals to the victorious Machhindra Football Club.

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ANFA U-16 Youth League resumes

The ANFA U-16 Youth League has resumed from Monday.

Matches will be played on weekends and on public holidays with 10 A division clubs competing in the youth tournament.

Friends Club defeated Manang Marsyangdi Club 3-2 while Tribhuvan Army Football Club and Church Boys United played a goalless draw at ANFA Complex on Monday.

In Tuesday's game, Machhindra Football Club edged out Nepal Police Club 3-1 and APF Football Club thrashed FC Khumaltar 4-0.

The match summaries of all the matches can be viewed here.

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Final squad of U-17 national team announced

Head coach Urjan Shrestha announced the final 23-player squad for the 2023 AFC U-17 Asian Cup qualifying on Thursday. After the SAFF U-17 Championship in September 2022, 30 players were invited to the closed camp on September 16.

Nepal finished the SAFF U-17 championship 2022 as the runner up after losing 4-0 to India in the final.

In order to compete in the 2023 AFC U-17 Asian Cup qualifying, the team will depart on Sunday.

Final squad:

Goalkeepers: Samir Chand, Rubin Bhogati, Krishal Moktan

Defenders: Madan Poudel, Yunish Magar, Dipak Thapa Magar, Nishant Tamang, Bikram Tamang, Semanta Thapa, Aswin Ghorasainee, Dhiraj Bishwokarma, Ram Thapa

Midfielders: Harish Raj Bhatta, Prashant Laksham, Binod KC, Shriyans Manandhar, Niraj Karki, Saroj Darlami, Unish Budhathoki, Lachhu Thapa, Dhan Singh BK

Forwards: Subash Bam, Sijal Rai

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U-17 national team squad down to 30

The national U-17 squad has been reduced to 30. 

Head coach Urjan Shrestha left out 15 players called up for the closed camp. 

The team will take part in the SAFF U-17 Championship in September and the 2023 AFC U-17 Asian Cup qualification.

Squad: Mukesh Gharti, Rubin Bogati, Krishal Moktan, Simanta Thapa, Unish Magar, Subash Magar, Unish Budathoki, Jan Prakash Bam, Nishan Tamang, Sijal Rai, Madhu Paudel, Gaurav Maharjan, Bikram Tamang, Harish Bhatta, Lachu Thapa, Prashant Laxsam, Niroj Karki, Samir Tamang, Dhan Singh BK, Dipak Thapa Magar, Manav Pokharel, Kushal Deuba, Mirak Lingden, Pritam Karki, Binod KC, Dhiraj BK, Sohan Syangtang, Nirajan Dhami, Saroj Darlami, Samir Chand

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45 players finalized for U-17 closed camp

Forty-five players have been selected for the preliminary squad of the U-17 national team.

The players have been finalized for the closed camp after the selection process conducted at ANFA Complex in Satdobato.

The selected players will have to contact at ANFA Complex at 2 pm on Monday. 

Preliminary squad: Abhishek Thokar (Rautahat), Ankit Gurung (ANFA Academy Butwal), Ashim Jung Karki (ANFA Academy Dharan), Bikram Tamang (Jhapa), Binod KC (ANFA Academy Butwal), Dhan Singh BK (Surkhet), Dhirak BK (Dhankuta), Dipak Thapa Magar (ANFA Academy Dharan), Dolak Bahadur Thapa Magar (ANFA Academy Dharan), Gaurav Maharjan (Kathmandu), Harish Bhatta (Kailali), Jan Prakash Bam (Kalikot), Krishal Moktan (ANFA Academy Dharan), Kushal Deuba (Kanchanpur), Lacchu Thapa (Tanahun), Madan Poudel (Okhaldhunga), Manav Pokharel (Morang), Marshal Shahi (Kathmandu), Mirak Lingden (Jhapa), Mukesh Gharti (Surkhet), Nikhel Sunar (ANFA Academy Butwal), Niranjan Dhami (Kailali), Nirdesh Rai (Panchthar), Niroj Karki (Jhapa), Nishant Tamang (Jhapa), Palden Gurung (Jhapa), Prashant Laxsam (Jhapa), Previous Sunuwar (ANFA Academy, Dharan), Pritam Karki (ANFA Academy Butwal), Rahul Belbase (ANFA Academy Butwal), Ritesh Thapa Magar (ANFA Academy Dharan), Rubin Bogati (Dolakha), Samir Chand (ANFA Academy Butwal), Samir Tamang (Bara), Saroj Darlami (ANFA Academy Butwal), Sijal Rai (Sunsari), Simanta Thapa (ANFA Academy Dharan), Sohan Shyangtang (ANFA Academy Dharan), Subash Gurung (Syangja), Subin Khadka (ANFA Academy Dharan), Sujat Dangol (Kathmandu), Sujat Khadka (ANFA Academy Dharan), Sushil Tamang (Dhading), Unish Budathoki (ANFA Academy Dharan), Unish Magar (Jhapa)

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ANFA bids farewell to U-20 national team

All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has bid farewell to the U-20 national team flying to India for the U-20 SAFF Championship in Bhuwaneshwor.

The farewell was organized at ANFA Complex in Satdobato amid a special programme on Friday.

Chief Guest National Sports Council Member Secretary Tanka Lal Ghising put on flower garlands to the players and the officials in the farewell ceremony while ANFA President Pankaj Bikram Nembang, Senior Vice President Bir Bahadur Khadka, Vice President Deepak Khatiwada, General Secretary Kiran Rai, Treasurer Rabindra Joshi central members Mahendra Chhetri and Sarila Shrestha handed over the national flag to the team.

Chief Guest Ghising wished the team for a good performance in the competition. "I hope the best players have been selected from the selection process and I wish you the victory in the competition," said Ghising. "I also hope to see these players in the national team in the future," Ghising added.

ANFA President Nembang expected the team to bring the good old days back. "The effort put by every players and coaching staffs will surely bring some good result in the competition. I wish you the very best and a victorious campaign," said the President.

ANFA Senior Vice President Khadka gave welcome speech in the programme and said it was a joyous moment for the new leadership to see the young players taking part in an international competition. "You have the support of every Nepali citizens and everyone here at ANFA. I hope your success in the competition will become a motivation for us to work for the betterment of the players in coming days," said Khadka.

The team will fly at 3 pm today.

Nepal will play its first match of the SAFF U-20 Championship against Maldives on July 25. Their second match against Sri Lanka on July 27 followed by India on the 31st. Nepal's final group match will be against Bangladesh on August 2.

The top two teams after the group round will play in the final on August 5.

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