The India U-19 football team is set to play a four-nation international tournament involving the U-19 teams of France, Croatia and Slovenia. The tourney, organised by the Croatian Football Federation in cooperation with Slovenian Football Federation, will be held in Croatia from September 4 to September 9.

According to a All-India Football Federation communique, the tour has been organised by the country’s governing body to provide the best possible preparation for the U-19 players for the forthcoming I-League season, and for the U-19 AFC Championship qualification next year.

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AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said: “It gives me immense satisfaction that our age-group teams are now regularly facing national teams of Asian champions and even world champions.”

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National team director Abhishek Yadav said, “It is our aim to give regular opportunities to our teams to compete against top footballing nations of the World across age-groups and gender. It is under this agenda that for the Indian Arrows, we got opportunities to face 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup runners-up Venezuela and six-time U-20 world champion Argentina (in August 2018). Concurrently, we were working on opportunities to face the squads of Slovenia, Croatia, France and Serbia to take forward Arrows’ pre-season.”

The matches will be held in the cities of Zagreb, Lucko and Velika.