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China has over 24,000 football-featured schools

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-02-08 16:02
Pupils play football in the 1st School Football Culture Festival of Xiangban Primary School in Fuzhou, the capital of Southeast China's Fujian province, on May 20, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING - As of November 2018, China has over 24,000 primary and secondary schools with football education as their main feature, covering 20 million students, according to a China Education Daily report.

Also, the country has launched pilot programs of school football education in more than 130 county-level regions, the report said.

The report said the building of ranks of football teachers has been strengthened, with over 8,800 teachers and 6,800 headmasters receiving relevant training.

In 2018, a total of 25,000 people took part in national high school football league games, and 37,000 participated in national college league games, it said.

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