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Prince Ali meets Hong Kong Football President
Prince Ali meets with Hong Kong Football Association President and football officials
HONG KONG - FIFA Vice President elect HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein met today with the President of the Hong Kong Football Association Mr. Timothy Fok as well as other football officials in his first visit to the HKFA.
“I have enjoyed learning about the history of football in Hong Kong as one of the founding members of the AFC and as one of the oldest football associations in Asia. I am also impressed with the plans set forth at the HKFA under the leadership of Mr. Fok to develop the game for the benefit of youth in Hong Kong,” Prince Ali told members of the HKFA.
“I look forward to working with you in the next few years to help you implement the ideas you have to reform the HK FA and strengthen grassroots programs,” added Prince Ali.
One of the ideas presented to the newly elected FIFA VP is the introduction of miniature football in Asia, especially in countries facing physical and geographic challenges that impede them from building large numbers of green football pitches, such as Hong Kong.
“I think it is a great idea to introduce mini football in other Asian countries. I’m very encouraged by its popularity in Hong Kong and I will work on bouncing the idea around amongst other FAs I visit in Asia,” said Prince Ali.
The HKFA was established in 1909 and was one of the twelve founding associations of the Asian Football Confederation. Hong Kong was given the honour of hosting the first Asian Cup competition in 1956, in which Hong Kong came third in the tournament. Today, the HKFA is working on strengthening football programs across the board to develop the game further, which remains to be one of the most popular sports in Hong Kong.