Chinese Football Association (CFA)i

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.



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.

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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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.