Shillong, Dec 6: The Shillong Sports Association will begin an U-16 football tournament in the second week of January, it was announced yesterday.

To ensure a competitive and fair selection process, the association has scheduled player screenings for all participating teams on 15th December.

Teams are permitted to register a maximum of 25 players for the screening and medical test, with the final registration limited to 20 players who successfully pass the medical examination.

A registration fee of Rs 20 per player is applicable, payable on the screening day by those who qualify for the tournament.

It is mandatory for each team to have a minimum of 16 players to pass the medical test to be eligible for participation. Teams that fail to meet this criterion will be disqualified from the tournament.

Clubs are instructed to report for screening and medical tests at the Shillong Sports Association office in Polo Ground on 15th December, starting from 10AM. Clubs are requested to bring both the original and photocopies of birth certificates of their players issued by the competent authority, along with the Aadhaar card of all participating players. School certificates will not be accepted.

Players should have been born on or after 1st January 2008 to be eligible to take part.

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