China to up the soccer ante

2015-03-16 14:33

Beijing - China's Cabinet has released a reform plan to raise the level of soccer in the country, where poor international showings have been blamed on a history of corruption and a lack of youth programs.

Medium term goals in the plan issued by the State Council on Monday include substantially increasing the number of young people playing soccer and seeing the women's team return to the top of the rankings.

In the long term, China wants to bid to host the World Cup and improve its men's team.

The 50-point plan includes instructions to promote soccer on school campuses, create schools dedicated to training aspiring professional players and expand the number of stadiums.

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