DILI (14 May 2012) – Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, FIFA Vice President and Chairman of the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP) addressed in a video message the attendees of the Spring Final 2012 of the Taiwan Youth League – a football program focused on implementing a system for youth and coach development with the support of the AFDP.
The program, organized by the Chinese Taipei Football Association, aims to provide an opportunity for young players to play football and improve their skills by participating in 20 to 25 matches a season, while giving the coaches a learning experience through these competitions where they can develop their analytical, planning and coaching skills.
Prince Ali explained that the AFDP supports this program because it provides “an excellent way to promote the development and identfication of talented players in Chinese Taipei,” noting that “working alongside the Asian Football Confederation, AFDP is the vehicle through which we will fill the gaps where needed to develop, promote and strengthen football for young boys and girls across the continent,”
In closing, Prince Ali commended the leadership of CTFA and their partners in the public and private sector for investing in football for youth, noting that “the success of the Spring Finals and the Youth League in its entirety also encourages further organisations to invest strongly in the game and thereby the country’s future.”
AFDP is a non-profit youth commission whose primary objective is to provide effective needs-based assistance to all Asian national associations, including the CTFA in a fair and transparent manner and on a case by case basis. Youth development – particularly relevant in Asia where there is a large population of youth – is one of the four main pillars of the AFDP.