Phnom Phen Crown Football Club The Academy of Cambodia’s most successful club, Phnom Penh Crown Club, was established in February 2011 after nationwide trials in 17 provinces uncovered the best 22 young players, aged 13 and under, who became the first intake at the club’s full-time residential Academy – the first of its kind in the country.

The senior team had won the Cambodian League title on four occasions and were runners-up in the AFC Presidents Cup in 2011. The Academy team has taken over their mantle at junior level in Cambodia, winning almost every domestic competition they have entered since their formation. In their first year, they returned from a six-match visit to the SCC Soccer Sixes Youth Tournament in June with a creditable third place.

Crown also hosted and won the inaugural First State Gold Investment Cup which was televised live on national TV. July 2012 saw the Academy return to take part in the SCC Soccer Sixes, losing out in the final on penalty kicks. In May 2013, the youngest Academy players appeared in the Singapore Sixes tournament for the third time and with seven wins in as many games, scoring 25 goals and conceding none, they returned home with the Cup.

The team also featured in the very first FAM-Frenz U-15 Asean Champions Trophy which involved teams from all 11 Asean countries. A fabulous opportunity for the youngsters to test themselves against the best of the region’s young hopefuls and despite finishing in sixth place in their group, the Academy gained invaluable experience from their participation.

In July 2013, the Academy expanded to 32 players with the arrival of 10 new faces, all aged 12/13 years old. Every one of the Academy players has represented the Cambodian national team at different age levels and 2013 saw them triumph as Cambodia Youth League champions, winning both U-15 and U-17 age categories.

They returned to SCC in 2014 to defend their SCC Soccer Sixes trophy as well as to take part in the revamped Asia U-16 Champions Trophy. The Academy’s performance in the latter was a considerable improvement on the previous year, with the team finishing in third place in Group B. Their performance in the 2015 Asia U-18 Champions Trophy saw them finish in fourth spot in Group B. The Academy returns to SCC this year with the aim to repeat the victory of 2014.

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