Developing the Game

Development programmes continue to strengthen AFC Member Associations

Kuala Lumpur: The impact of the tailor-made Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Member Association Development programmes were highlighted at the first meeting of the AFC Development Committee for the cycle 2019-2023.

Chaired by Salem Said Salem Al Wahaibi, the Committee heard of AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa’s President’s Development Initiative, the President’s Infrastructure Initiative as well as the Technical Staff Initiative and Football Administration Certificate (FAC).

The Committee learnt that 15 Member Associations (MAs) had benefited from the Development Initiative, 23 Mini Pitches were delivered to eight MAs in 2018 while FAC Editions Four and Five saw 42 graduates from 19 MAs and Editions Six and Seven 47 participants from 23 MAs – with Turkmenistan and Syria represented for the first time.

A total of 12 infrastructure projects were approved in 2018 and a further 24 this year under the President’s Infrastructure Initiative while 30 MAs applied for funding under the President’s Technical Staff Initiative of which 22 have been accepted so far.

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The AFC has also introduced an Internship/Secondment Programme, which has so far benefited five staff members from different MAs and there has also been a funded intake of five candidates for the CIES/FIFA Masters course.

It was also decided that a further budget of USD170,000 would be allocated to cover the additional costs of repairing the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association (NMIFA) mini pitch damaged by Super Typhoon Yutu in October 2018.

The AFC, through the President’s Infrastructure Initiative and the AFC Dream Asia Foundation, had also donated towards other infrastructure repairs.

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