The SEA Cup is the pre-eminent regional football tournament for school boys in South-East Asia. These boys individually represent their own state school boys team. The SEA Cup was founded by Julian Verdina in 1988, and then taken over by Dave Phelp (now retired to Aberdeen) in 1989. Other early names associated with the tournament are Peter Dixon (ANZA), Jim Boyd, Terry Thodesen, David Straffon, John Stamp (Bangkok), and Gerry Burgon (Jakarta).
The countries represented are:
- Indonesia: Jakarta Youth Soccer
- Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur Youth Soccer
- Singapore: ANZA – International Junior Soccer League, Singapore
- Thailand: Bangkok Soccer League
Up to 2002, tournaments were held at Under 12 and Under 15 levels. From the 2003 tournament, the Under 12 age group was changed to be Under 13. An Under 18 age group was held for the 1st time in 2008. In 2010, an award was inaugurated for the Overall SEA Cup Champions for the year.
In 2010, Kuala Lumpur won all 3 age groups (U13, U15 & U18), an achievement which had not previously been achieved in the SEA Cup, although prior to 2008 three countries had won both U12/U13 & U15 in a single year. KLYS became the first winners of the Overall Champions award.
2011, during the 24th Annual SEA Cup. Kuala Lumpur retained the Overall Champions on home soil in Kuala Lumpur, recording wins in all 3 age groups (U13, U15 and U18).
2012, saw Kuala Lumpur retaining the Overall Championship in Bangkok, Thailand at the Bangkok Patana School. Kuala Lumpur recorded wins in the U15 and the U18 age group. Coach Luis Pablo led the U18's to their 5th consecutive title and Coach Aidil Sulaiman led the U15's to the U15's 3rd consecutive title. Kuala Lumpur U18's also smashed the overall SEA Cup record for most goals scored by scoring 23 goals in 3 games. ANZA Singapore we're also the winners of the U13 competition winning all 3 of their matches.
2014 brought a year of change. The event was hosted in Kuala Lumpur but surprisingly Singapore became Overall Champions. Anza placed first in the U13's category, 2nd in the U15's category and secured their place as Champions with a victory against KLYS in the U18 finals, after a last minute winner. This dramatic end to the tournament saw Singapore become overall Champions for the first time in 27 years.