Pakistan and Sri Lanka will make their bow in the tournament in the age category.

The South Asian Football Federation has revealed the groups and fixtures for the SAFF U-18 Championship 2019, to be held in Nepal from 20th till 29th September. For the first time ever, all seven teams from the confederation are participating in this particular age category, with Pakistan and Sri Lanka making their debut.

Dividing the seven teams into two groups, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Pakistan are placed in Group A, while Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka will contest the Group B games. The group stage will end on 25th September.

After a day’s rest on 26th, the winners of Group A and the runners-up of Group B will play the first semi-final, with the second to be contested on the same day between the runners-up of Group A and the winners of Group B.

All matches will be played at APF Stadium, Nepal

The final and the third-place match will be played on 29th September.

The Maldives won the SAFF Championship 2018 in Bangladesh

The conditions for registering the squads is that no player should be born before 1 January 2001 and every team should have at least three goalkeepers.

Indian Women’s National team won the SAFF Women’s Championship in March, 2019

It was started in 2015 in Nepal and since then, the hosts have dominated this particular age category by winning the first two editions in style.