Fifa signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese Football Association on Friday. The agenda of the agreement is to boost the infrastructural initiative in China’s football holistically.
China is supposedly bidding for the 2030 world cup and Chinese government in the recent years invested a handsome amount to uplift the status of the game in the country. The key focus remained on the homegrown Chinese Super league. Chinese president Xi Jinping is said to be a taker of football and thanks to that the game is receiving significant financial shower from the government.
Chinese conglomerate, Wanda Group entered into an agreement with Fifa as a top-tier Fifa partner in March 2016 and dairy product manufacturer, the Mengniu Group signed as an official sponsor of the 2018 World Cup.
At the presence of Fifa president, Gianni Infantio and Du Zhaocai from Chinese Football Association, the deal was finalized. The five key areas of the deal are governance structure of the CFA, technical development at all levels, refereeing, and professionalization of football and event management.
Fifa president, Gianni Infantio said, “It must be a priority of Fifa to ensure that world’s most popular game keeps growing and developing in the world’s most populous country.”
The president of Chinese Football Association, Du Zhaocai remarked, “As a big nation committed to the development world football, China is willing to make its contributions while being integrated into the international football family. We look forward to receiving continuous support from Fifa for our football development, which will further promote the development of the game worldwide.”