China identifies over 3000 specialist schools for football

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A total of 3,916 middle and primary schools in China have been identified as schools specialising in youth football, according to the country’s Ministry of Education.

The list was published by the ministry, which also identified 33 counties and districts as pilot counties and districts for youth campus football, as well as 47 units across the country as verified training camps for youth football.

The lists were made based on the application of the units, as well as the recommendations and examination of the departments on education, in accordance with the ministry circular on the selection work released in March.

The lists will help further implement China’s football reform master plan, and campus football instructions issued by the ministry and five other departments, both of which were released in 2015, according to a ministry statement.