In October 2018, when the previous Memorandum of Understanding expired, De Jong and Van der Star travelled to China to hold induction meetings with the new representatives of the Chinese federation. At these meetings, the two associations discussed areas where cooperation would be possible. Representatives agreed on the following four themes: “Knowledge exchange and constructive dialogue are essential to ensure that organizations are best placed to address these issues. This agreement with SIGA is therefore an important step in this direction. The agreement was signed by Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Muhannadi, Vice President of QFA, in the presence of Mansoor Al Ansari, Secretary General of QFA, and Dr. Kamal Shaddad, President of SFA. Note to editors: The full cooperation agreement is available here. The agreement included many football-related aspects, such as exchange programmes, the development of youth football, hosting teams and organising training and team games whenever possible. “This agreement expresses the close fraternal and historical relations between the Qatari and Sudanese federations, which have expanded over the years. We do not ask for documents as a result.
We revere our attachment to QFA,” said Dr. Kamal. Seifert, President of the World Leagues Forum, said: “The World Leagues Forum is particularly pleased to formalise this agreement with the World Football Federation. One of the tasks of the World Leagues Forum is to promote collaboration between professional leagues and help them grow. We are delighted that, for the first time, the leagues and FIFA are joining forces to achieve this goal. Gijs de Jong sees many opportunities in the new cooperation with the Chinese Football Association. “This is in line with the proactive international strategy adopted by the General Assembly last year. We are proud to be able to conduct a modest but promising pilot project at Henan Normal University. If this pilot project is successful, it could well be the beginning of a comprehensive and far-reaching cooperation. In addition, thanks to the current pilot project, we have been able to start a dialogue with interesting organizations such as Beijing Sports University and catch up with the Dutch Embassy in China. The agreement outlines the many aspects of the “professional football development programme” jointly developed by the two organisations. This programme includes training sessions and tailor-made support to national football federations to exchange best practices and improve the standards and structures of professional football.
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