Hebei sets high goals for soccer progress
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.