Bangkok: Group D’s opening match of the AFC U17 Asian Cup™ Thailand 2023, promises to be a grand spectacle as former champions Japan and Uzbekistan will lock horns at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok on Saturday.
For Japan, it is an opportunity to retain the title they won in 2018, when the contest was known as the AFC U16 Championship, while for Uzbekistan, it is a chance to redeem themselves after missing out on the last edition of the tournament.
Tailored approaches key for grassroots development
Kuala Lumpur: When it comes to grassroots football development, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy.
That was the core message at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Grassroots Online Session 2023 on May 23, Tuesday afternoon, where participants gathered to glean insight on the best practices in Stimulating Grassroots Development – the theme for the day.
With the 108 attendees coming from a total of 39 different Member Associations (MAs), the importance of implementing unique strategies that fit each MA’s own needs was further underscored by UEFA Grassroots Mentor Les Howie, who was one of two guest speakers invited to share expert insights.
MAs celebrate 10 years of AFC Grassroots Football Day
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s unwavering commitment to ensure football remains Asia’s number one sport as outlined in its Vision marked a significant milestone today with the AFC Member Associations (MAs) across the length and breadth of the Continent celebrating the 10th anniversary of the landmark AFC Grassroots Football Day.
Since the inaugural year in 2013, when the celebration was launched with the support of 13 MAs, the reach of the event has seen a threefold increase with the 2023 edition set to be celebrated by 39 MAs and by almost 28,000 participants.