Talk about a vision for the future. Plans are already underway for building at least 20,000 new football training centers and 70,000 pitches by the year 2020, with the target of getting 50 million kids as well as adults taking up the sport seriously.
The Chinese Football Association has unveiled its latest ambition, with full-fledged support from the government, for China to become a ‘world football superpower’ by 2050.
Xi Jinping, the Chinese President, is a football enthusiast, who has on many occasions, expressed the hope that his country will one day win the World Cup, even though China has qualified for the tournament only once, back in 2002.
The association has set out strategic short, medium and long-term goals so that interest and expertise in the sport is built up from the grass-roots level.
Training is already underway to prepare the men’s, as well as women’s teams to become the best in Asia by 2030, with equal attention being paid to both.
With China’s men’s team at present at 81st in the FIFA rankings, it will no doubt be an uphill climb, but once the Chinese make up their mind to do something, nothing holds them back.