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AFC and UEFA sign historic Memorandum of Understanding



AFC Acting President Zhang Jilong and UEFA President Michel Platini on Tuesday put pen to paper on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will promote cooperation and friendly relations between the two confederations.

The MoU will pave the way to exchange information, knowledge and good practices on matters of common interest.

UEFA will provide assistance to AFC and its Member Associations in establishing and implementing projects and activities relating to education, training, technical development, refereeing, promotion of grassroots and youth football.

It also covers the organisation of competitions, marketing, legal and social responsibility matters apart from promotion of good governance principles in the game.

AFC Acting President Zhang Jilong termed the agreement as a milestone in the history of Asian football.

“It is a historical day for Asian football as we enter into the partnership with UEFA. They have set the standards in world football and we are happy to share their knowledge to develop the Asian game,” he said.

“I would like to thank UEFA and its President Mr Platini for their wholehearted support to AFC and its Member Associations.”

“I am confident that all the Member Associations will benefit from this cooperation and future is indeed looking bright for Asian football.”

UEFA President Michel Platini was delighted to sign the new partnership with another confederation.

“UEFA is delighted to be building stronger relationships with other continental confederations, in this case the AFC, as it allows all of us to share know-how and experience with regard to matters such as coaches education and grassroots football,” Platini told.

“Solidarity is a key value in football and it is therefore important that it is also shown between confederations.”

(AFC Press Release)