Vision Asia program changes in India, Iran and the Philippines - expansion in Vietnam

In its first meeting for its 2011-2015 term, the Vision Asia Committee of the Asian Football Confederation recommended revisions to the program to the AFC Executive Committee.

Following a request from the All India Football Federation, Visian India projects will be started with the cities of Mumbai, Pune and Chandigarh in the first phase, rather than in collaboration with State football associations.

The committee also put on hold the proposal of expanding the Vision Iran project to three new cities and advised the administration to re-approach Vision Philippines with a fresh view.

Vision Asia, launched by AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam in 2002, is a continent-wide program to raise the standards of Asian football at all levels, including field of play, administration and sports science.

In Vietnam, for instance, the Ho Chi Minh City Football Federation component of Vision Vietnam will move into Phase III of its program with a Planning Workshop on 14 July. This will determine the dates of forthcoming courses, workshops and the U-13 inter-class and inter-school league launches.

Last season the HCMCFF successfully organised its first-ever City League. FC Thong Nhat clinched the title in the six-club completion which will be expanded to eight clubs next season.

Vision Vietnam also has an advanced project in Long An and a start-up in Hue.

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