THE Fiji Hockey Federation hopes to select the best players for the under-17 team to participate at the World Youth Olympics in China next year.
And in build-up to the Games, Fiji will play a match against Australia.
FHF is working closely with districts to find the best players who can represent the country.
A squad of 25 girls and boys will be selected from the MH Fiji Open next month to prepare for the Youth Games.
FHF development officer Tai Smith hopes to introduce the U17 competition to give game time for the national side while preparing for the Games.
"Districts and hockey teachers are being requested to prepare teams to compete at the Fiji Open where a squad of 25 girls and 25 boys will be chosen," she said.
"We will be looking to see if there will be a under-17 competition introduced into another tournament to be held in early November where we hope to run the team against local opposition.
"The team will then go into camp in December immediately after school break to prepare for a match against an Australian under-21 side."
Smith added they will reduce the squad to 15 boys and girls after the match against Australia.
"The reason for doing this is that the games in Nanging will only be a 5-a-side and there will only be 10 players chosen in each of the final teams."
She said the 30 youths would participate at the FHF Inter-club 5-a-side tournament to be held in April and continue monthly camps until the final selection in May.
The World Youth Olympics is scheduled to be held from August 16th to 28th.