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AFC Grassroots Football Focus Group Session end on a high note!

The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Grassroots Football Session successfully ended on Thursday, with more than 70 grassroots practitioners benefitting from the highly educational session.

The virtual meeting started with AFC Technical Director Andy Roxburgh highlighting the general aim and the development of children’s football.

During the session, the Swedish Football Association Grassroots Manager Gunnar Pettersson provided a comprehensive presentation on game formats and coach education in children’s football.

Meanwhile, Ihsan Abdallah, the Palestine Football Association (PFA) Grassroots Coordinator, Anju Turambekar, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Head of Grassroots Technical Panel, Julie Teo, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Council Member and Uvaydo Davlatbekov, the Tajikistan Football Federation (TFF) Grassroots Manager also shared their experiences of organising football programmes for children.

Yiu Kei Sze, the Hong Kong Football Association Ltd. (HKFA) Grassroots Manager, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted global sports, and we all know that football will play a crucial role for children after these uncertain times. It will benefit both their physical and mental health by keeping them active.

“I have learned so many ideas from the Swedish FA as well as other AFC MAs. Their experiences and grassroots philosophy have also strengthened our desire to build a better environment for the younger generations.”

Bahrain Football Association (BFA) Grassroots Manager Ali Hasan Ali Saleh added: “The BFA is committed to increasing and retaining the participation of children in grassroots football across the country.

“Today’s session not only refreshed our grassroots development knowledge, but also reinforced the connection between the AFC and the MAs. I would like to thank the AFC for this valuable initiative.”

The highly-engaging series of online sessions will conclude its final meeting on June 8 with the focus on youth football development.

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