AFC Grassroots Football Day 2022 sees 41 MAs participate

May 16 – The AFC’s Grassroots Football Day 2022, held May 15, saw 41 Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) member associations participate in a range of activities across the region.

The Grassroots Football Day has become an annual event in the AFC’s calendar and consists of activities from small-sided games, to virtual conferences and webinars organised by MAs.

This year, the ninth time the day has been held, saw a tripling of engagement from the inaugural edition with more than 31,000 participants of all ages, backgrounds and abilities taking part in a variety of activities.

“The AFC’s Vision reinforces our commitment to further develop the grassroots movement to ensure football remains the number one sport in Asia and it is heartening to see our MAs organise their activities in the same spirit and passion, focusing on fun, learning, safety and other relevant factors that make grassroots football a solid springboard for future success,” said AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.

Activites this year included:

– an eight-month initiative by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) who will organise a football competition for teenagers across the country starting in May.
– The Qatar Football Association (QFA) hosted 1,500 participants at the AFC Elite Youth Scheme three-star Aspire Academy where they set up nine diverse football stations for children aged between eight to 12 years old.
–  The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) focused on Cerebral Palsy Football and Blind Football- The Palestine Football Association (PFA) promoted the sport among orphan children.
– The Bhutan Football Federation (BFF), participants in the AFC Grassroots Football Day since its inception in 2013, held festivals in 10 districts across the Kingdom.
– All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) both marked their celebrations by leveraging on technology to organise virtual workshops and webinars.

“The AFC remains committed towards promoting football to an even wider audience but as we celebrate this year’s events and activities,” said Shaikh Salman.

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