Football Academies - A Chinese Perspective

Football Academies - A Chinese Perspective
In 2017, China’s Football Association Vice President announced that the country planned to have 50,000 football academies by 2025 as part of an ambitious blueprint to grow into a soccer superpower. He was quoted by state media as saying that each school would be able to train 1,000 young players on average, fulfilling the goal laid out in a plan of having 50 million competent players.

Interview with

David WU, Lawyer at LLINKS LAW OFFICES

Tomas PEREDA RUEDA, Lawyer at LLINKS LAW OFFICES

Giandonato MARINO, Senior Associate at LLINKS LAW OFFICES

Shangai - China

 

Can you sum up China’s ambitious plans to have 50,000 football academies by 2025? What are the long-term objectives, from both a sporting and educational point of view? What is the situation right now?

Since Xi Jinping became General Secretary in 2012, the development of grassroots football has become a key point on the Chinese Government’s agenda, showing the intention to make China a world power in sports and particularly in football....

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