Failure is necessary for greater grassroots focus

Syrian players celebrate their victory in Xi'an

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

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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 […]

Hong Kong FA win AFC Grassroots Award


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. Project Phoenix is the HKFA’s ambitious plan to revolutionize the Hong Kong game at all levels, with thirty ground-breaking proposals to ultimately make the national team competitive […]

Future star? Shanghai schoolboy heads to Europe for trials


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. The 11-year-old forward is a top-scoring star in the Shanghai school leagues and also trains with the […]

Danish legend brings new football academy to Shanghai


It’s no secret that China’s grassroots coaching system is badly under-developed and lacking interested participants. But 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 […]

The 2012 China Grassroots Football Expo Kicks Off!

Grassroots Football Expo

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. Chinese football is on the up. Or is it? Despite these efforts numbers of […]

Tom Byer takes on China as Grassroots Ambassador

Tom with Takeshi Okada, current manager of Hangzhou Greentown.Can the two leave a legacy of development and success in Chinese football?

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 […]