FIFA for School

ISF and FIFA strengthening their cooperation around the China PE Teachers Football education

May 29, Dalian, China - In the framework of the ISF Football World Cup 2024 taking place between 17th and 27th May in Dalian, China, ISF and the FIFA Football for Schools joined forces on 21st May 2024 to propose a capacity building programme for 80 physical education teachers from Dalian city and Liaoning Province in China.

Welcomed by the ISF President – Mr. Laurent Petrynka and the ISF Academy Director Romain Fermon, the participants had the opportunity to participate in a theoretical presentation and a practical session from Mr. Niko Nhouvannasak - FIFA Football for Schools Manager, Mr. Chen Jun- FIFA Member Association Development Manager and Alberto Giacomini – Football for Schools Technical Consultant. The mobilization of the teachers was made possible thanks to the ISF cooperation with the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, the China School Sport Federation, the Educational Department of Liaoning Province, and the City of Dalian.

Following the first collaboration between the ISF and FIFA last year during the ISF Football World Cup 2023 in Rabat, Morocco, both organizations decided to further explore the opportunities to equip PE Teachers from the ISF members and schools’ network to develop their teaching and pedagogical Football skills through the FIFA for Schools programme. 

This major ISF Football event which will take place in 2024, 2026 and 2028 is China is an interesting context to further grow the collaboration between both institution on the education aspect in China and potentially worldwide.

ISF football competitions originate from ISF World School Championships (WSC), which have been organized 27 times in 51-years starting back in 1972 with the last edition in 2023.

In 2022, at the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the ISF WSC Football, in order to reform ISF football events and to develop another flagship event of the ISF, the brand-new football event, ISF Football World Cup (FWC) was launched, with P.R. China obtaining the hosting rights of the first three consecutive ISF Football World Cups in 2024, 2026 and 2028.

Inheriting the origins of the ISF WSC Football, ISF FWC is an event characterized by a balanced program between sport and educational content: the balance between sport and education is to create awareness about the role of sports in putting forward topics such as fair play, healthy lifestyle, respect, and inclusion. The educational program and sport format of the event shall always be adapted to the age of participants. FWC is open to the participation of all students attending a school that provides general education and/or vocational education incorporating segments of general education.

Dalian has successively hosted a number of major international football events, such as: the World Cup Asian Qualifier Top 10 Matches the World Cup Chinese National Team Warm-up Matches the AFC Champions League the CFA Team China International Friendly Matches. The three designated venues for the 2024 ISF Football World Cup are Dalian Suoyuwan Football Stadium, Dalian Sports Center and Dalian Football Youth Training Base, among which the Dalian Suoyuwan Football Stadium is an international standard professional football field surrounded by sea on three sides with 1 main and 2 secondary fields. As for Dalian Sports Center, it has an elegant shape with an external membrane structure area only second to Beijing Water Cube in the world, owning 2 playing fields including 1 main and 1 secondary field, and 3 training grounds. Dalian Football Youth Training Base has a total of 23 football fields, including 9 standard natural turfs for 11-player football matches and 14 training grounds.

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