Failure is necessary for greater grassroots focus

The men’s national side’s struggles should see China prioritise its grassroots programme and learn from Iceland’s success. Just prepare for a proportionately longer journey. China’s disappointing attempt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup led to the departure of manager Gao Hongbo (pictured right). During his post-match press conference, the former Shanghai SIPG boss put his […]

Following Asian Cup performance, football in China faces reforms

The Chinese national team put in a surprise performance at the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia, losing 2-0 to hosts and eventual victors Australia after an impressive victory over Saudi Arabia, a 2-1 comeback win against Uzbekistan and another 2-1 triumph over North Korea. These results may not seem like much, but the Chinese national […]

Premier Skills: Signs of a Positive Chinese Football Revolution

During the last month in Hangzhou, Zhejiang five English Premier League coach instructors delivered two professional development football courses to over 60 participants from all corners of the Chinese football spectrum. The first week consisted of a referee foundation training surrounding the rules of the game and their interpretation. The latter week was a collective of Chinese […]

Into the third tier: A day out at Fujian Broncos

A few weeks ago I was offered the chance to go and watch Fujian Chaoyue (Fujian Broncos) play at home in this their first voyage into Chinese association football. Previously I had only watched one Chinese game live and that was Beijing Guoan in the Asian Champions League a few years back, but being a keen […]

2014 CGFx : China Grassroots Football Expo

Football forces from Beijing and Hong Kong converged in small town Tonglu, Zhejiang province to participate in the 2014 CGFx (China Grassroots Football) event. After a week of coaching activities undermining questions of Who~ What~ When~ Where~ Why towards the non-profit volunteer activities of CGF evaporated into the standard result of football activity~the beautiful game prevailed. 2014 CGFx Summary […]