China Opens Nearly 5,000 Soccer Academies
The Chinese Ministry of Education (MoE) has announced the opening of 4,755 football academies to function in both primary and middle schools across the country. These new academies will enjoy extra government funding, policy support, and overseas teaching/coaching resources from over 30 countries and districts involved in the pilot project. The announcement comes a month after the Grand China Football Summit 2016. These newly established academies will be subject to evaluation and public transparency of their results, with the MoE judging their performance.