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China sets football goals for schools

2014-07-31 13:47 Shanghai Daily Web Editor: Si Huan

With China failing to qualify for the last three FIFA World Cups, the country has decided to improve football standards at schools and colleges.

The Ministry of Education plans to introduce tournaments in primary, junior and high schools as well as colleges. Enrollment policies will relaxed to make it easier for schools and colleges to recruit talented footballers. They plan to increase the number of schools and colleges that have specialist football training facilities from 5,000 to 20,000 in three years.

China has only qualified for one World Cup, in 2002.

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