Jordan Williams will kick off a possible international career with a visit to the birthplace of soccer – Zibo, China.
The Northern Demons defender-midfielder has won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Birthplace International Youth Football Cup next month.
The cup is so named because Zibo was the home of the earliest form of soccer to be played.
The sport has since grown around the world, right down to Port Pirie where Jordan, 16, began his career with Risdon, then St Mark’s and now the Demons.
He went to Adelaide for selection trials and won a spot in the cup squad with the Adelaide United Under 16 team.
During the cup, he expects to play against the Arsenal Under 16 team from the English club that he barracks for.
Other teams involved in the cup will include a Chinese national team and Athletico Madrid.
Jordan is training three times a week in Adelaide to prepare for his trip.
He has some previous experience – in April he went to Spain with Adelaide United.
“When you play soccer, you focus on it and forget everything else that is going on,” Jordan said.
“It gives you freedom. You have always got to be switched on. You have to know what you are doing before you get the ball.”
Jordan started soccer at the age of five years old – now the world is at his feet.