Busy weeks for youth national teams

The Malta FA Academy Under-15 team are preparing for their first official tournament at international level as the inaugural UEFA Development Tournaments for U-15 teams get under way next month.

Malta will face hosts Wales, Cyprus and Northern Ireland in this tournament, to be played in Wrexham between August 11 and 18, 2019.

The preparations of the Maltese youngsters are led by coach Paul Gatt, who is assisted by Charles Scerri, physical trainer Gregory Degabriele and team manager Edwin Camilleri.

In recent months, the Malta Under-15 team attained friendly wins against the likes of Twente, Lecce and Hamburg and only lost narrowly to Inter and Juventus.

Meanwhile the Malta U-19 team are also training regularly ahead of their participation in the UEFA U-19 Championship qualifying tournament.

The Malta U-19s face a tall order as they will be up against hosts Italy, Cyprus and Slovakia in Group 6 with the matches scheduled to take place between November 13 and 19.

Training for the players in the Malta U-19 squad, led by coach Winston Muscat and his assistant Stefano Grima, is continuing throughout the summer months. Last month, the U-19s had a six-day training camp in Austria, also winning friendly matches against local sides FC Tirol and Jenbach.

To further boost their sharpness levels, the Malta U-19 team will be playing a series of friendlies against local sides who are preparing for the start of the domestic season.

In September, the Malta U-19 team will meet Azerbaijan in two home friendlies before heading to Luxembourg for two more warm-up games against the hosts.