Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa today held a productive meeting with Mongolian Football Federation (MFF) President Bold Molomjamts at the AFC Annual Awards Doha 2022 in Qatar.
The AFC President congratulated newly elected President Bold Molomjamts on the overwhelming mandate that he received at the 12th MFF Elective Ordinary Congress in July this year, adding that his success was a fitting tribute to the belief of the Mongolian football community in his leadership.
Shaikh Salman also discussed the AFC’s groundbreaking development programmes in the wide-ranging areas of administration, technical and refereeing that have left a lasting impact in transforming the beautiful game in Mongolia, whilst noting the commendable strides undertaken by the MFF in recent years.
The AFC President said: “In the MFF, the AFC has a strong and reliable partner whose commitment towards strengthening the foundations of football development is stronger than ever. I have no doubt that under the leadership of President Molomjamts, the MFF will reap the fruits of their labour and usher in an era of progress across all levels of the game.”
At the club level, the MFF has introduced several strategic reforms to align with the AFC, most notably the decision to change the domestic season from Spring/Autumn to Autumn/Spring. The new season, which kicked off in August, was also unveiled with a new brand, with the league now functioning as a separate entity from the MA.
And the recent strategic decisions have yielded results almost instantly on the pitch with FC Ulaanbaatar clinching their first-ever victory on the Continental stage when they defeated Tainan City FC in the AFC Cup™ last month.
Off-the-pitch, the MFF also received the AFC Coaching Convention A level membership, with concerted efforts also undertaken to host numerous competitions which include the qualifiers for both the AFC U17 Women’s Asian Cup™ in April 2023 as well as the AFC Futsal Asian Cup™ Thailand 2024 earlier this month.
As part of its efforts to extend the reach of the game, the landmark “Dream Goal” initiative, which was launched under the auspices of the President of Mongolia, is playing a pivotal role in revolutionising the growth of the sport through the organisation of youth tournaments in all 21 provinces across the nation with the construction of mini pitches to follow in the near future.