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SBD Global/December 18, 2012/International Football

More Pro Futsal Games Expected In China As Country Hopes To Boost Football Development

A non-governmental football association will "stage more professional futsal games" over the next five years to help boost Chinese football development, according to Qiu Quanlin of the CHINA DAILY. Guangdong Futsal Association Dir Liu Xiaowu revealed a futsal cup competition between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao will be launched next year. After being approved by the provincial civil affairs department, the association was inaugurated over the weekend in Guangzhou, becoming China's first football organization without governmental administration. Liu said, "We will also organize competitions between Guangdong and its neighboring provinces of Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan and Hainan and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region." Liu added that "more games will be held in neighboring regions." Liu: "We will develop more members in the years ahead. As a non-governmental association, we believe the organization will play a big role in boosting local football development" (CHINA DAILY, 12/17).
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