Dalian Pro and FIFA are going to work closely to establish a Football Technology Innovation Hub in Dalian.
Chinese football clubDalian Pro
has announced another collaboration with
which will result in the development of football in China mostly aimed at youth and grassroots football.
The collaboration will run for an initial three-year period during which
FIFA Partner Dalian Wanda Group
and Dalian Pro are going to work closely in order to research, test, and develop new technologies which would result ultimately in the establishment of a Football Technology Innovation Hub.
“The opportunity to collaborate with FIFA is very important for us. As a coach, you need to make sure you have access to the latest technology. To be part of this project is good for Dalian Pro and also good for FIFA who can use our players and our academy to innovate and apply new technologies. Having the latest software in our hands will enable us to try and improve our players and hopefully, we will see international players for China coming from our academy in the future,” Dalian Pro Head Coach Rafa Benitez said.
"The collaboration between FIFA and Dalian Pro is a great example of how the Wanda Group can leverage our diverse partnerships in football to continue to grow the sport in China. I am excited to see this collaboration come to life and for the new academy in Dalian to be home to some of world football's most exciting innovation and technology,” Chairman of Dalian Pro and President of the Wanda Real Estate Group Lincoln Zhang said.
“FIFA believes that football in China has a bright future and teams like Dalian Pro are driving this future ever closer. Dalian Pro shares our commitment to leveraging technology to improve football at all levels. Pairing the state-of-the-art facilities at the Dalian Pro academy with the prospect of a regional innovation hub in China will unlock the huge potential for all football stakeholders interesting in keen to take the next step forward,” FIFA Deputy Secretary General Mattias Grafström said.
The Innovation Hub project has already started as FIFA and Dalian Pro are working on a pilot project for a new Athletes Management System.
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