The Jordan Football Association (JFA) is the latest Member Association (MA) to receive full membership under the AFC Elite Youth Scheme while the Hong Kong FC Academy has been granted a one-star Academy status.
As part of JFA’s recommendation, the Al Hussein Sports City for Youth – Polo Stadium have also been recognised as a two-star Academy by the AFC Elite Youth Scheme.
Upon assessing the JFA’s youth development programme, the members of the AFC Youth Panel were pleased with JFA’s evolving youth football system which aims to maximise the potential of players, teams, and coaches while providing a better pathway in the sport for future generations.
After extensive virtual sessions with the JFA, the AFC Youth Panel assessors concluded that the staff members involved in the JFA Youth Development Programme were well-educated and well-versed with the required knowledge to identify and develop young footballers.
Furthermore, the Technical Development Plan that was presented by the JFA took into consideration all necessary elements required to build a pipeline of elite players for the Jordan national teams.
The Hong Kong Football Association Ltd. (HKFA), which was endorsed in the AFC Elite Youth Scheme in March 2021, will welcome the Hong Kong FC Academy as their second one-star academy after Kitchee Academy was afforded the same status last year.
In the online meeting held between the AFC Youth Panel Members and the Hong Kong FC Academy, the latter produced detailed presentations that outlined the day-to-day working of the club and academy.
The Hong Kong FC Academy satisfied the criteria of the AFC Elite Youth Scheme and will continue to work towards future improvements.