The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) welcomed the fourth batch of interns under the AFC Internship Programme on Tuesday, August 15.
The four candidates representing the Football Association of Thailand (FA Thailand), Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF), Japan Football Association (JFA), and one Independent candidate from the AFC Academic Centre of Excellence (ACE), embarked on their learning journeys in the Member Association Division (MA Division), Referees Department and the Competitions & Football Events Division (CFED).
During the course of the internship, the candidates will undergo an intensive training period where they will gain hands-on experience from some of the most renowned experts in the industry and familiarise themselves with the best practices of football governance and administration, day-to-day operations and technological advancements.
Through this knowledge transfer initiative, the AFC intends to strengthen the capabilities of its Member Associations (MAs) and Regional Associations (RAs) by guiding the participants in their quest to become the future leaders of Asian football.
On the completion of the programme, the interns are expected to share their newly acquired experience and knowledge with their respective associations and organisations and assist them in further developing football on the Continent at all levels by recommending the implementation of necessary policies.
The AFC Football Management Certificate and AFC Football Management Diploma graduates with distinctions will also be part of this programme.
The interns selected for the fourth batch and their designated divisions are as follows:
Anon Singtothong, FA Thailand (CFED)
Saud Fahad Alayaf, SAFF (CFED)
Akie Shoji, JFA (Referees Department)
Jamir Koorimannil Valiyamannil, ACE (MA Division)