Football in South Sudan

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Association football is also becoming popular in South Sudan, and there are many initiatives by the Government of South Sudan and other partners to promote the sport and improve the level of play. One of these initiatives is South Sudan Youth Sports Association (SSYSA). SSYSA is already holding soccer clinics in Konyokonyo and Muniki areas of Juba in which young boys are coached. In recognition of these efforts with youth soccer, the country recently hosted the CECAFA youth soccer competitions. Barely a month earlier, it had also hosted the larger East African Schools Sports tournaments. The South Sudan national association football team was formed in May 2011, although does not have membership of FIFA. The team will play its first match against Kenya on 10 July 2011 in Juba.

Captain Duop Pouch Joak, the Deputy Chairperson of the South Sudan Football Association announced that South Sudan will join the Confederation of African Football by February 2012.

On February 9, 2012 South Sudan became the 54th member of the National Association of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The South Sudan Football Association is unanimously admitted during the 34th CAF Ordinary General Assembly held in Libreville.

In May 2012, South Sudan became a FIFA member, a much needed recognition that allows domestic teams to play in international football matches.

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