June 13, 2014

China Gets Serious About Soccer

Samuel Chi, The Diplomat

The Associated Press

China has plenty of soccer fans – Manchester United claims 108 million followers based in that country. But until now, it’s mostly been a spectator sport as few kids play it. According to FIFA, China has just over 700,000 registered players, about two-thirds that of the Netherlands, a country with 16 million people. Much like the United States about 25 years ago, China is trying to grow the game both through the grassroots level and by hosting international tournaments to stir more interest.

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TAGGED: Soccer, FIFA, World Cup 2014, China

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