Path to World Cup

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Need top tal­ent

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, peo­ 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.

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