Often inspired by and modeled on prominent European countries, rollouts of ambitious development plans have become very modish in Asian football and now Saudi Arabia takes the turn to launch their investment plans for a new strategy for their international team.
, the Arab powerhouse wants to transform its football by focusing on seven pillars – pathway, competitions, women’s football, technology, workforce, global prominence, and governance.
“Sports is an integral component of Saudi Arabia’s transformative Vision 2030, and we are thankful for the unconditional support and wise vision of our Kingdom’s leadership,”
Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal
“Football contributes to all the key pillars of our holistic strategy as a ministry. It’s a game that represents a source of great passion for Saudis in general, as it promotes diversity and inclusion in our society, and supports participation, youth development and the sports economy.
“We want to aim to be genuine contenders on the global stage to truly reflect the undeniable talent of our youth along with the country’s love for the game.”
Including decentralization with greater influence for the regions, the plans launch a uniform coaching curriculum and youth structure program at club level.SAFF
will have 13 regional offices, aiming to stage 50 competitions by 2025 and reshaping the Saudi Super Cup.
“Our comprehensive and ambitious plan will propel Saudi Arabia to become among the elite football nations through an extensive investment in player development and targeted solutions across the pathway,”
said SAFF president Yasser Al-Misehal.
Saudi last won the Asian Cup in 1996 as the Kingdom is bidding to stage the continental tournament in 2027.
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