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’s early exit from the game’s biggest stage shows that much work needs to be done if it is to become one of the world’s top teams again.
Biggest graft scandal in a decade threatens to drag Chinese men’s football to an even lower level with investigations also spreading to other sports.
A decade after the nation’s last big football corruption crackdown, history appears to be repeating itself. While these is no quick fix, a new approach is sorely needed so that moves are made to reach that goal
At the World Cup, Japan, South Korea and Australia have shown what Asian nations are capable of; it’s now time for the world’s most populous nation to find 11 players who can emulate the triumphs of other teams from the region.
Success will depend on developing a sporting culture among girls and young women, and that will take time.
The success of China’s female footballers has again put their male counterparts in the shade, and their strength of character deserves to be rewarded.
While speaking with Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin about Thursday’s match between the two countries, Xi says he’s ‘not so sure’ about the level of China’s team.
After a draw with South Korea, China are eliminated from the AFC Women’s Olympic Asian Qualifying tournament, marking this the second Olympic Games where China will not be represented.
Match in Chengdu cancelled six days out from Inter Miami’s arrival in China, with organisers citing ‘various reasons’ for the change.
Inter Miami reshuffle plans for tour of China at short notice, with supporters even more mystified after tickets fail to go on sale at planned time.
Hopes of reaching first Fifa showpiece since 2002 low among supporters after daunting draw for first round of Asian qualifiers.
Two matches announced, with Inter set to visit Qingdao and Chengdu on November 5 and 8, coinciding with MLS playoffs, which they are out of contention to reach.
Fans despair on social media as China’s men’s national team lose 2-0 to South Korea, ending medal chances in Hangzhou.
Beijing’s state system for sport aims for glory in the international arena but is criticised for corruption and neglecting grass-roots participation.
Chinese fans rave about Shanghai Shenhua midfielder after 5-1 rout of India as coach preaches caution after football opener.
Tao Qianlong scores twice, while Gao Tianyi, Dai Wai-tsun and Fang Hao also strike in 5-1 romp.
Frustrated Chinese football fans seemingly voting with their feet – and refusing to open their wallets – after dire 1-1 draw with Malaysia.
Assistant Zheng Zhi reacts angrily as crowd voice their displeasure, with head coach Aleksandar Jankovic admitting ‘we didn’t deserve to win’.
In this edition of the Global Impact newsletter, we reflect on China’s women’s team failing to progress from the group stage at the Women’s World Cup, and also wraps up an interesting few days of football in China.
Liaoning Shenyang City team manager Duan Xin assaulted official during game against Nanjin City.
Prosecutors announce charges following eight-month investigation, in latest move in a growing crackdown on corruption in Chinese football.
Shenzhen’s Frank Acheampong banned for four matches over punch in response to ‘racist abuse’ during Chinese Super League match, for which his Henan opponent Gu Cao earns a two-match ban.
Team official with struggling Chinese second-tier club Liaoning Shenyang City creates worldwide headlines after slapping a referee and duly fainting.
Chinese Football Association department heads under investigation for suspected ‘serious violations of discipline and law’, sports regulator says.
Captain Wang Shanshan and five others are selected for a third tilt at the trophy as the 23-player list is unveiled, along with plans for two friendlies against South American giants.
Lionel Messi scores after just 81 seconds in side’s 2-0 win in front of packed Workers’ Stadium in Beijing.
Other dubious offers include a ‘VIP package’ which promises an autographed jersey, front-row seats and photo with Messi for more than 8,000 yuan.
World champions Argentina will play Australia on June 15 at Beijing’s newly renovated 68,000-seat Workers’ Stadium
Aleksandar Jankovic confident he can overcome difficulties that have blighted football in China over last 3 years to build towards January’s Asian Cup finals in Qatar.
Jorn Andersen’s team drawn in Group C for tournament, will face 3-time winners Iran, United Arab Emirates and Palestine. China given tricky draw, placed in Group A alongside defending champions Qatar.
Ex-football association vice-president Li Yuyi and former chairman of the CSL Ma Chengquan ‘cooperating with authorities’.