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Forum stresses education for young soccer talents

A forum was held in Beijing on Monday to explore the future of China’s soccer industry.

The Football Industry Development Forum, held during the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS), focused on China’s soccer industry and topics of soccer popularization, reserve talent pool building, and how to learn from high-level international soccer industries.

Gao Hui, Chinese Representative of the Brazilian Sports Industry Association, said Brazil, as a soccer superpower, has rich experience in the popularization of the sport, competition organization, and training system construction. With strong support from the Brazilian and Chinese governments, the two sides have the opportunity to organize in-depth exchanges in many regards, especially in training of young players and coaches.

Development of the soccer industry relies on professionals such as players and coaches, but it also depends on the operation management and institutional development, said Chen Changhong, deputy secretary-general of the Beijing Football Association. Chen pointed out that the association has implemented a people-centered development concept and carried out youth training to meet different needs of young players.

There is still a gap between China and some developed countries in terms of soccer industry development, and there is an urgent need for improvement in planning, participation and infrastructure, said Zhang Lu, former vice chairman of Beijing Sinobo Guoan Football Club and a well-known soccer commentator.

Zhang emphasized that relevant parties should continue to increase guidance, strengthen organizational abilities, improve the quality of decision-making, and change concepts and views. At the same time, the educational role of soccer should be brought into play.

Chu Yunxiang, director of Chinese Football Youth Training at Spain HLK Football Club, pointed out that China should learn from the foreign experience, improve China’s own system and youth training, and carry out international exchanges on talent training. He also noted China should pay particular attention to teenage and youth education, which should train them to a highly competitive level and good moral consciousness.

The forum is an important part of the sports thematic exhibition during the CIFTIS, which closed on Sept. 9. The exhibition covered 11 sports categories and featured 39 companies and institutions as exhibitors. A total of six high-quality sports deals of intent were signed, worth a total of 6.67 billion yuan.

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