Asian and Oceania Football Confederations Sign Cooperation Agreement

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Mexico City: Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President joined Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) President David Chung on Thursday in signing a two-year agreement between the two Confederations.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing took place in Mexico City, and the agreement pledges co-operation on football development, education and competitions. Shaikh Salman described the moment as the beginning of an historic ‘Asia Pacific’ partnership.

He added: "In Asia we recognise the many challenges that are shared by our friends in Oceania but we can also see great opportunities.

"These opportunities will be used to bring about social integration, cohesion and increase participation in our Member Associations through the strength of football.

"We will aim to work closely together in three key areas – competitions, education and development. But this MoU also allows us to exchange information, knowledge and good practices which will re-inforce the values of fair play, team spirit and integrity.

“At the AFC we have always believed that all Confederations must work together – both big and small – to reunite the game under the FIFA flag. Only then can we restore confidence and trust of the people in football – and particularly in those who run football.

“Today I believe we are taking another crucial step in uniting world football and with unity will come strength. Asia wants to build a better future for our great game and we want football to be united in delivering that future.”

The agreement details the possible future collaboration between the two Confederations with regard to competitions and hosting national and clubs sides as well as an exchange of information and expertise to improve both technical and administrative training at the AFC and OFC.

Mr Chung, the OFC President, added: “This is an excellent opportunity to draw on the knowledge and experience across the 47 AFC Member Associations, while we can share the expertise we possess in Oceania.

“This is the beginning of a symbiotic relationship which will benefit all of our Member Associations and I would like to thank my counterpart and the AFC Executive Committee for your commitment to the betterment of football.

“We are incredibly excited to be collaborating with one of our closest neighbouring Confederations and we are looking forward to the advantages the strengthening of our relationship will bring.”

The AFC already has MoUs in place with Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF), Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and UEFA as well as FIFA and several European Leagues.

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