Chinese Football Association partners with LaLiga to open first permanent training base in Spain
Chinese Football Association partners with LaLiga to open first permanent training base in Spain

New Madrid facility will be the first permanent CFA training base in Spain. Chinese men´s and women´s teams will begin residency and follow LaLiga training methods.

LaLiga and the Chinese Football Association have put in place plans for a permanent training base in Madrid, where players and coaches in youth football will receive sporting, academic and cultural training based on LaLiga methods.

This project is part of a strategic alliance between the Chinese Football Association and LaLiga, which has led to a series of sporting collaborations between the two organisations in order to promote football and cultural exchanges between Spain and China.

“We believe that football, besides the competition, has a series of values that should be shared by all,” said Óscar Mayo, the director of international development at LaLiga. “Through this project we are looking to combine training with education and cultural aspects, and therefore a much more comprehensive experience.”

China’s Under-15s national team will be the first group of players to take residency at the centre, from where they will contest a parallel league with teams from the Madrid Football Federation over a 10-month programme. The China women’s Under-15s and the men’s Under-17s will also take part in one-month training programmes at the permanent training base.

LaLiga’s commitment to China is nothing new. In recent years there have been projects like the agreement with the association for international educational exchanges. Thanks to this project, more than 120 LaLiga coaches have gone to China and around 500,000 children have taken part in training programmes of varying durations.   

Furthermore, the summer campuses that have been organised in the last two years in cities such as Shenyang, Qinhuangdao, Shanghai and Qingdao have allowed LaLiga to work with players of all levels and ages. This is something that has helped develop LaLiga’s methodology, and adapt it to the different needs of the players.

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