Fujen University otherwise known as Hang Yuen FC due to sponsorship reason have decided that they will be starting two youth teams. They posted on their Instagram account saying that they will be looking to have a U15 and a U18 team.
For any parents wishing to take their kids to the trials, they will be on 30th March at Fujen University, starting at 19:00. Also, you will need to fill out their Google forms document which can be found on their Instagram or their facebook page by searching for Hang Yuen.
Hang Yuen have competed in the AFC Cup this season, which is the development tournament from the Asian Football Confederation. This must have opened Hang Yuan’s eyes to the disparity in quality around the region with them failing to win any of their six matches in the competition.
This is good news from a Taiwanese footballing perspective that teams are slowly starting to realize that they need to be a big part of the player development process, Royal Blues seemed to lead the way by being one of the first clubs in the Taiwan Premier League to offer any kind of youth development and structure and Royal Blues now also have a youth team playing in the local expat league to find a way of giving them regular time playing together and competition.
Other than Royal Blues the new expat team to join the Taiwan Premier League, Taicheng Lions looked to have started out as a football school and then developed into having a Taiwan Premier League team. Hang Yuan is so far the first Taiwanese team to offer young players the chance of playing in a youth team, and hopefully, this will encourage more Taiwanese teams to do the same thing.
If more teams go down the path of offering youth football to youngsters it will get more people involved in the game here, and go a long way to helping develop an interest in the Taiwan Premier League. There’s a very long way to go until Taiwan will be competing with other East Asian nations but steps are being taken by a lot of people involved to attract more interest to football and that is never a bad thing. Now we just need other Taiwanese teams to follow in Hang Yuan’s boots.