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CFA Grassroot Seminar 2017: A blueprint for the year ahead 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Haikou City: The CFA Grassroots Football Workshop hosted by the Chinese Football Association came to a conclusion following a successful three-day session in China on Tuesday.

Some 160 participants including representatives from The CFA regional member associations as well as The Asian Football Confederation attended the workshop, which was held in conjunction with CFA’s largest grassroots competitions, “We love Football”.



“We love Football” attracts about 500,000 participants throughout the year, and held its Grand Final from December 2-6 in Haikou.



Key agendas discussed included: wrap-up on CFA Grassroots 2017, Grassroots Work Plan 2018 and good practices by selected Member Associations.



Grassroots Football Development Officer, Masahiro Sugiyama, from the AFC Technical Division, shared the AFC Grassroots Charter and Roles and Responsibilities of the MA in Grassroots Football.



Sugiyama introduced successful amateur football clubs in Japan and the Japan Football Association Grassroots Promotion Partner Programme which is tasked to promote grassroots football through football related organisations including clubs.

Bai Lili, AFC Head of Women's Football touched on Women’s football development in Asia and its role in grassroots development.



The CFA gave its review of 2017 which included amateur football leagues, social responsibility activities, education courses as well as futsal and beach soccer.



“CFA has been deeply committed to the development of Grassroots football in China and is working closely with its Member Associations and partners to achieve the goals through various projects, competitions and activities,” said Roger Luo Zhao, Director of Football for All Department from The Chinese Football Association.



“We initiated the CFA Grassroots Workshop in 2015 and we were able to present the grassroots activity report for the year and work plan for the next year. The annually held event also serves as a platform for the key Chinese grassroots stakeholders to share the knowledge and discuss the business under the guidance and direction of CFA.



“I am very grateful for AFC’s support in the two consecutive years and the presentations by the AFC experts are well received by the workshop participants. We thank The AFC for the kind support in further promoting grassroots football in China and across Asia.”



Photos: Chinese Football Association