2014 CGFx : China Grassroots Football Expo

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White Elephants in Zhejiang, Ruffled Chinese Football Feathers, and a New Future for Football in the Middle Kingdom

Last week football forces from Beijing and Hong Kong converged in small town Tonglu, Zhejiang province to participate in the 2014 CGFx (China Grassroots Football) event.

Hong Kong FA win AFC Grassroots Award

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The Hong Kong FA have been awarded an AFC grassroots recognition award of Euro 37,000 for its efforts to actively develop and promote football from the bottom up.…

Future star? Shanghai schoolboy heads to Europe for trials

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The Chinese football world can add a new name today to its list of future hopefuls – that of Shanghai schoolboy player Tycho Collins who is to head to Europe for trials with top Danish club Brøndby IF.…

Danish legend brings new football academy to Shanghai

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It’s no secret that China’s grassroots coaching system is badly under-developed and lacking interested participants. But WEF is delighted to report there are a growing number of individuals dedicated to changing this.  Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy – CETA Soccer was launched over three months ago and is based at the Shanghai Rugby Club’s premises in northern Pudong district.

The 2012 China Grassroots Football Expo Kicks Off!

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The past two years has seen a galvanization of the professional game and its profile in China. Anelka, Drogba, & Lippi have put the CSL on the international football map and CCTV5 has been increasing its coverage of the domestic game.

Tom Byer takes on China as Grassroots Ambassador

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This week the Chinese Football Association annouced the appointment of Tom Byer as Head Teachnical Advisor for the Chinese School Football program and Official Grassroots Ambassador for the project. Known as Tomsan in Japan, Byer and his company T3 will extend his mission of developing grassroots football in Asia to China and continue his legacy of being the “Grassroots Guru” of football in the region.…

The Beijing Great Wall Cup: Grassroots football does exist in China

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Footskills FC (Australia), Escola Zico 10 (Brazil), and Beijing Sangao FC (China) were crowned champions of the U18, U15, and U12 age groups, respectively, in the 2012 Great Wall Cup International Youth Football Tournament.…

Universidad Catolica Crowned 2012 Manchester United Premier Cup Champions in Shanghai

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Shanghai Stadium, Wednesday July 25th- Universidad de Catolica are 2012 Manchester United Premier Cup champions after a 2-1 victory over Gamba Osaka and an outstanding week of U15 football that hosted 20 of the best youth teams and players in the world.…

Terry Singh on Chinese Football, Foreign Coaches, and the State of the Chinese Youth Game.

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Foreign football managers are widespread throughout the Chinese professional leagues, but while there are many laowai coaches in the Super League few apply their knowledge to cultivating Chinese youth development.

The Don of China: What If Capello Was Boss?

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In 2000 after the closing of the European Championship the disappointment felt by the powers that be with their national team’s result caused a total overhaul of league and national team structure to improve their fortune.…