Chinese Football Association

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) was founded in 1924 and is the main governing body for soccer in China. The group officially affiliated itself with Fifa in 1931 and joined the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in 1974. The CFA runs the national men's, women's and youth teams for soccer, beach soccer and futsal. The CFA is governed by the Chinese State General Administration of Sports. In 2012, two former CFA chiefs, a former national team captain, the country's top referee, and at least four former national team players were convicted for taking bribes and sentenced to time in prison in a crackdown against corruption in the sport.


China paying out millions to find a winning coach

Ex-coach Jose Antonio Camacho

China is set to spend millions to replace sacked national coach Jose Antonio Camacho, but pundits say the team will remain underachievers while business titans run the top clubs and parents refuse to let the sport distract their only children from school studies.

Thursday, 4 July, 2013, 1:13am

Chinese Football Association apologises for humiliating 5-1 defeat

China manager Jose Antonio Camacho (second from right) directs players during a June 14 match against Thailand, in Hefei, Anhui province. Photo: Xinhua

In a statement posted on its website, the Chinese Football Association was contrite over an embarrassing 5-1 home-pitch thrashing on June 14, which led to the sacking of Spanish manager Jose Antonio Camacho.

25 Jun 2013 - 11:36am

China players accused of corruption after heavy defeat against Thailand

China's head coach Jose Antonio Camacho. Photo: Xinhua

The national soccer team's embarrassing home defeat to Thailand at the weekend has raised questions about the sorry state of the sport in China, which counts President Xi Jinping as one of its most passionate fans.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

David Beckham's Chinese tattoo inspires amusing Photoshop fakes

The original photo of Beckham revealing his Chinese tattoo. Photo: Reuters

April Fool’s Day is just around the corner, so perhaps China’s soccer fans decided to act early and make fun of their favourite star.

When David Beckham lifted up his shirt on Sunday at Peking University to reveal a string of Chinese characters on the left side of his torso, China’s young people cheered and screamed for a rare opportunity to see the popular soccer player's body.

26 Mar 2013 - 11:58am 2 comments

Sports Digest, January 17, 2013

Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich have appointed former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola to replace Jupp Heynckes from next season, the Bundesliga club said yesterday. 

17 Jan 2013 - 2:27am

Soccer head stands trial for bribery of HK$1.8m

Former vice-chairman of the Chinese Football Association (CFA) Nan Yong stood trial in the Tieling Intermediate People's Court in Liaoning province yesterday on 17 charges of taking bribes worth 1.48 million yuan (HK$1.82 million), one day after his predecessor Xie Yalong was in court on similar charges.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Former soccer No 2 weeps at bribes hearing

One of the highest-ranking mainland soccer officials charged with corruption, former Chinese Football Association (CFA) vice-chairman Yang Yimin, stood accused yesterday on the third day of trials of top soccer officials, club bosses and referees.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Wrong remedy for poor state of play

Soccer is by far China's biggest sport in terms of spectators and sponsorship. The Chinese even claim to have invented what fans fondly call 'the beautiful game'; drawings from the Han dynasty 2,000 years ago show players kicking a hair-filled leather ball.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Pot meets kettle as Fifa gives China corruption advice

Atmospheric conditions in Beijing and Switzerland have been identical this week, causing many a powerful man in the game of football to grow hot under the collar.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Haan happy to offer advice to the mainland

He may have been sacked for failing to steer the mainland men's team to the last World Cup - but veteran Dutch football master Arie Haan yesterday revealed he still had the ear of his former bosses.

29 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Mainland youth 'losing interest'

Just 30,000 youngsters now registered players

The mainland is facing a serious talent drought, with the domestic governing body reporting a plunge in the number of youngsters prepared to commit themselves to the sport.

20 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Poisoned chalice for 'Queen Elisabeth'

Women's coach gets flak from former incumbent

She may be dubbed 'Queen Elisabeth' by the Chinese media and has yet to pick a squad for a game. But the newly crowned boss of the mainland's national women's Olympic team already has jeering turncoats at the palace gates.

9 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Thorns on the road threaten Steel Roses' cup dreams

The success of the women's World Cup, to be hosted by China later this year, could be seriously undermined by the chaos surrounding the national team, says the mainland's greatest player.

21 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Chinese Super League loses sponsor

The troubled Chinese Super League was likely to once again be without a major backer for the new season which kicks off on Saturday, a top Chinese Football Association (CFA) official said.

Nan Yong, deputy chairman of the CFA, yesterday confirmed the withdrawal of Iphox, a British internet phone service provider, which bought the naming rights to the league only 12 months ago.

26 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Tycoon's purchase of club is mainland milestone

An information technology tycoon has taken over Chinese Super League powerhouse Shanghai Shenhua in what could be the most expensive acquisition in the sport's history on the mainland.

The bid could be a milestone for China's troubled soccer industry.

9 Feb 2007 - 12:00am