Football Development made in China – The Grassroots Issue PART 2

Improving youth development: China has taken major steps to increase the number of football academies in the country. The government is granting special state funds to selected schools to achieve the target of establishing more than 50,000 youth academies by 2025. Professional football clubs have also established their own academies such as Guangzhou Evergrande which … Read more Football Development made in China – The Grassroots Issue PART 2

Football Development made in China – The Grassroots Issue

It’s been almost one year since our last update of Chinese football so once again, it is time for a closer look on recent developments at the Chinese Football Association (CFA) and the Chinese Super League (CSL).   Part One: China’s Strategy – The German Connection China has pumped vast financial resources into its football … Read more Football Development made in China – The Grassroots Issue

Who will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup?

Current Developments: Experts and fans who were expecting FIFA to amend their current regulations to allow bids from Europe and Asia in the 2026 bidding process were disappointed after the FIFA Council has ruled that countries from Europe (UEFA) and Asia (AFC) will be barred from bidding to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. This … Read more Who will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup?

Football Development made in China – Getting started

China seems to be making fast progress establishing their youth development infrastructure. Without doubt, their goal is to develop talent as quickly as possible to be able to create a competitive national team as early as 2022. Football/ soccer in China is supported at the highest levels. China’s president Mr. Xi Jinping has made no … Read more Football Development made in China – Getting started

“The German soccer Wunderkind: Is it all coincidence?”

Germany has disappointed its fans at the recent World Cup in Russia. Some may not remember but this is not the first time German football is struggling. But at EURO 2000, Germany was one of the worst teams in the tournament scoring only one goal and finishing last in their group. Germany, traditionally an enthusiastic … Read more “The German soccer Wunderkind: Is it all coincidence?”

“The new challenge for football clubs – Club licensing is going live”

FIFA club licensing system FIFA is aiming to create a global club licensing framework by the end of 2016, working with the six regional confederations to improve club football. To achieve this objective, FIFA will define minimum standards in key areas such as stadium safety, fan experience and youth football development. The FIFA club licensing … Read more “The new challenge for football clubs – Club licensing is going live”