AFC and UEFA meet to boost development partnership

July 4 – Arguably the two most powerful confederations in world football, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and UEFA, have taken steps to improve their collaboration across a range of areas.

The AFC and UEFA already have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the meetings in Paris were designed to strengthen that partnership. FIFA General Secretary, Fatma Samoura attended the summit which comprised delegations from both the AFC and UEFA Executive Committees (ExCo).

The confederations first signed an MoU back in 2012. That was renewed in 2015 and now the plan is to look at ways in which its scope can be extended.

The current MOU runs until 2019 and covers areas including competitions, Member Associations (MA) development, technical, refereeing, futsal as well as women’s football.

A press release said: “The Confederations agreed to explore ways to deepen the relationship by expanding the scope of the MoU to cover even more areas.”

AFC President, Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa underlined the importance of cementing the partnership between the AFC and UEFA.

“The AFC and UEFA have enjoyed a long-standing partnership and this MoU exemplifies the spirit of solidarity and unity of world football. Together, we are committed to leverage on the excellent momentum we have built in recent years to further develop and promote the beautiful game,” he said.

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