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However, not all plans of importing foreign coaches are going smoothly. “We did not see much effect on our school from the foreign coaches, so we decided not to apply for more this year,” an employee surnamed Xia from Hainan Middle School in Haikou, South China’s Hainan Province, told the Global Times on Wednesday. In 2016, the school was assigned a 25-yearold coach from the UK. “I saw his resume. He was graduated from police school… not a professional coach,” Xia said. “He could only train school soccer teams, but could not give PE classes to most students,” Xia said. According to a joint statement issued by the MOE and the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs in February 2018, hiring a high-quality foreign soccer coach from European countries costs 335,000 yuan each year, and from Latin America, 470,000 yuan, people.cn reported. Coaches should be between 22 and 55 years old and have a Coaching C License from the Union of European Football Associations or equal qualifications. “China and foreign countries should have standards in selecting coaches through agreements, to ensure their quality,” Wang noted.