Hebei sets high goals for soc­cer progress

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA in Shi­ji­azhuang

Au­thor­i­ties in North China’s Hebei prov­ince have is­sued a plan for the de­vel­op­ment of soc­cer up un­til 2050.

Ac­cord­ing to the plan, Hebei aims to have 1,000 soc­cer ed­u­ca­tion cam­puses; to train mil­lions of stu­dents; to launch am­a­teur leagues; and to up­grade soc­cer fa­cil­i­ties across the prov­ince.

Al­though Hebei has made progress in de­vel­op­ing the sport in re­cent years, there re­main many un­solved is­sues, in­clud­ing lack of man­age­ment, tal­ent and in­fra­struc­ture as well as slow growth in re­lated in­dus­tries.

By 2020, Hebei aims to have at least one China Su­per League club, one China League One club and at least two teams in China League Two. In ad­di­tion, the prov­ince plans to have 3,000 am­a­teur teams, and for the pro­vin­cial men’s and women’s teams to achieve top rank­ings na­tion­ally.

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