AFC Elite Youth Scheme recognises TFF and FAS as full members
Kuala Lumpur: The Tajikistan Football Federation (TFF) and the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) have been endorsed as full members of the AFC Elite Youth Scheme for their comprehensive and strategic youth development systems.
Through strong support from the Government, the TFF’s Strategic Plan, which mainly focuses on youth football with various objectives encompassing the establishment of systems, quality of infrastructure, coach qualifications and competitions, underlines their vision for football development for the period of 2016 to 2026.
AIFF endorsed as full member of the AFC Elite Youth Scheme
Kuala Lumpur: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) are the latest Member Association to be recognised as a full member of the highly-acclaimed Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Elite Youth Scheme for its well-established system and commendable approach to elite youth development.
The AFC Youth Panel noted the increase of top level competitions organised by the AIFF which include the AFC U-16 Championship in 2016, the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017 as well as the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, underlining its determination on youth football development.
The focus on youth football of the AIFF was also reinforced as the Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) Academy and JSW Bengaluru FC Academy received a two-star Academy status by the AFC Youth Panel.
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Elite Youth Scheme continued to gain momentum as the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Youth Panel concluded its 9th meeting online on Wednesday.
AFC Technical Director Andy Roxburgh highlighted the significance of the AFC Elite Youth Scheme at the beginning of the meeting: “As an endorsement by the AFC, the Elite Youth Scheme is an important step in talent development that will help the Member Associations (MA) establish youth academies and training centres and to grade these as a method of improving standards and creating a bridge to the elite game.”
The AFC Elite Youth Scheme, which highlights 11 key criteria such as competitions, coaches, talent ID medical services and education, is aimed at providing MAs with Continental recognition for their elite youth programmes and to help them succeed in their efforts to nurture talented footballers.
AFC Elite Youth Scheme accepts FAM, KFU and MFF as full members
Kuala Lumpur: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), Kyrgyz Football Union (KFU) and Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) are the latest Member Associations (MA) to be approved as full members in the AFC Elite Youth Scheme.
The highly acclaimed Scheme continues to recognise efforts by MAs to develop a strong and sustainable foundation for youth football in their country.
QFA and JFA endorsed as full members of AFC Elite Youth Scheme
Kuala Lumpur: The Qatar Football Association (QFA) and Japan Football Association (JFA) have been recognised for their robust youth development systems after becoming the first two Member Associations to be endorsed as full members of the AFC Elite Youth Scheme.
QFA has been successful in the transition of its youth players to the senior team and was duly rewarded when AFC Player of the Year 2019 Akram Afif and Almoez Ali helped Qatar lift the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 for the first-time.
KFA recognised as full member of the AFC Elite Youth Scheme
Kuala Lumpur: The structured and successful elite youth development system put in place by the Korea Football Association (KFA) has been recognised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after being accepted as a full member of the AFC Elite Youth Scheme.
KFA’s success in AFC and FIFA youth competitions, most recently their gallant runner-up finish at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019, underlines their commitment towards building and improving their foundation for youth football.
Asia’s grassroots advocates and Women Youth Coach of the Year honoured
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) honoured the advocates of grassroots football and the Woman Youth Coach of the Year for their contributions to the sport at the AFC Special Grassroots and Elite Women’s Youth Football Awards 2019, which was held in conjunction with the 2nd AFC Women’s Football Conference in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
Japan’s Eiichiro Matsuki received the Best Grassroots Leader award while Paro FC from Bhutan and ISF Football Programme were conferred the Best Grassroots Club and Best Grassroots Project accolades respectively.
Meanwhile, full-time teacher Chan Shuk Chi of Hong Kong, who is an AFC-KFA Pro-Diploma license coach and current Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) U12 Girls’ team head coach, was named the Youth Coach of the Year (Female) in the award ceremony.