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Chinese soccer association gains more independence

China frees soccer association from government in hopes of improving the sport in the country

Chinese soccer association gains more independence

BEIJING (AP) -- The Chinese soccer association is gaining more independence in the hopes that it can better promote the sport in the world's most populous country.

China's General Administration of Sports said Monday that it is removing the national federation from its organizational chart, and that those working for the association would no longer be considered government employees.

Critics have long said that the association, which oversees soccer training, leagues and the national team, has been hindered by bureaucracy.

As an independent entity, the association is expected to have greater latitude in decision-making, such as purchases of training equipment for players on the national team.

Updated : 2021-09-24 21:07 GMT+08:00