All Chinese Super League clubs ordered to form women’s team by CFA

15 March 2019 | Clubs & Rightsholders
All Chinese Super League clubs ordered to form women’s team by CFA
The Chinese Football Association (CFA) has announced that all club in its top-flight Chinese Super League (CSL) must have an affiliated women’s soccer team by 2020.

The newly-founded women’s teams will play in the Women’s Super League (WSL) and its sub-divisions.

The CFA’s acting president Du Zhaocai said: “We have recently announced fresh plans focusing on promoting women's football by enhancing the organisation and management, youth development, competitions [and] coaching courses.”

Zhaocai also revealed that the CFA had taken inspiration from European club’s model for women’s football stating: “This is a pattern on which we can model our women's game. So we have decided that each CSL side should have a women's team by 2020 so the men's game will lend their strengths to the women's game."

Whilst the move from Chinese soccer’s governing body aims to increase the quality of domestic competition, it is also designed with the idea of improving the quality of the Chinese women’s national team in the long run.

Zhaocai said: “The youth teams of Under 20s and Under 17s will play the role of providers to the senior team and all these national teams will develop under the identical technical and tactical guidelines."

China’s women are currently ranked 15th in the world and have been drawn in a group with Germany, South Africa and Spain at this year’s Women’s World Cup in France.

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