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.
Toyota Grassroots Project 2020 launched in Thailand
Bangkok: More than 40 children from Thailand and Vietnam have benefitted from a fun-filled football clinic organised by the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) long-standing Commercial Partners, Toyota at the Rajamangala Stadium on Monday.
The Toyota Grassroots Project 2020 was riding on the back of the highly-successful AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020, which saw Korea Republic clinch their first-ever title at the same venue the day before, also saw the involvement of Molten – the AFC’s Official Match Ball supplier.
Asia’s best in youth development honoured in landmark ceremony
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) celebrated the Continent’s future stars with the first-ever AFC Youth Football Development Awards which were presented during the opening of the 3rd AFC Youth Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday.
Making history as the first Youth Coach of the Year (Male) was Abdulwahab Alharbi from Saudi Arabia, with the Youth Football League of Tajikistan winning the Youth League of the Year award and Chinese side, Shandong Luneng Taishan claiming the Youth Academy of the Year Award.
The Youth Coach of the Year (Female) will be announced during the AFC Women’s Conference in Kuala Lumpur on November 19, 2019.
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.
Development of Asia’s future stars takes centrestage
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s themed “Developing Talented Footballers: The Next Generation”, concluded in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday – again demonstrating the AFC’s commitment to developing future stars.
The 3rd AFC Youth Conference was attended by close to 100 delegates – among them some of the most experienced coaches of youth football in Asia.
Andy Roxburgh, the AFC Technical Director who led the Conference, set the tone on the first day with a keynote presentation on elite youth football titled ‘An Asian Adventure,’ which provided insights on the key elements and systems for youth coaches to achieve success.
Elite Youth Football continues to show growth in Asia
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Youth Panel continues to develop and promote Elite Youth Football in Asia following their eighth meeting at the AFC House in the Malaysian capital on Monday.
The AFC Elite Youth Team Scheme is a key step in talent development that will help MAs to further develop their youth programmes.
To enhance the standards of elite player development, AFC’s Youth Scheme has highlighted a number of criteria that are necessary for the education of talented players – many of whom will become future international players.