Xinhua News Agency, Fuzhou, October 10 (Reporter Xiao Shiyao) In the second half of 2019, the reporter and the team visited more than ten provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities across the country to conduct a concentrated investigation on the current situation since the implementation of the "China Football Reform and Development Overall Plan." During this period, a topic was repeatedly mentioned-the "inverted pyramid" built by the Football Association.
The so-called "inverted pyramid" means that the Chinese Football Association is the strongest in terms of association construction, and it weakens from level to level. Most of the county and district levels do not have a football association. Many industry experts said that the absence of grassroots associations has made it impossible to implement policies and work without grasping. The establishment of a sound grassroots association system is related to the long-term development of Chinese football.
The county and district level sports departments want to promote the construction of the Football Association, there are difficulties in human and material resources. "A county's education and sports bureau or cultural and sports bureau generally has only a few people in charge of sports, and the energy to promote football development is limited, let alone to establish and operate a football association." said the secretary-general of a provincial football association in the east.
How to carry out work under limited objective conditions is undoubtedly a test of the wisdom of grassroots football workers. Gu Jianming, executive committee member of the Chinese Football Association and chairman of the Chengdu Football Association, once said that Chengdu can benefit from the power of mobilizing the majority of football fans to establish a perfect county-level football association. "The Municipal Football Association and the district and county education and sports bureaus take the lead to organize a group of volunteers who love football. As long as they are guided properly, they are very enthusiastic and will soon establish an organizational system."
How powerful can football fans be? The reporter recently visited Nan'an City, Fujian Province. The development of this county-level football association may bring some enlightenment to the development of more grassroots football associations.
Like most county-level administrative units, there are not many people responsible for sports in the Nan'an City Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau. They mainly play a coordinating and guiding role. The business affairs of football are carried out by the Nan'an Football Association. The Nan'an Football Association was spontaneously established by 63 non-governmental football fans in 2005. With their efforts, the association has grown to 9 branches with a total of 1051 registered members. In 2016, Nan'an became the "National Youth Campus Football Pilot County". In 2019, the Nan'an Football Association held a total of 576 games. As a "National Social Football Field Facilities Construction Key Promotion City", by the end of 2020, Nan'an will have 196 various football fields.
像大多数县级行政单位一样，南安市文化体育旅游局负责体育的人并不多。他们主要发挥协调和指导作用。足球的事务由南安足协负责。南安足球协会是2005年由63位非政府足球迷自发成立的。在他们的努力下，该协会已发展到9个分支机构，注册会员总数为1051。 2016年，南安市成为“国家青少年校园足球试点县”。 2019年，南安市足协共举办了576场比赛。作为“国家社会足球场设施建设重点推广城市”，到2020年底，南安将拥有196个足球场。
For a county-level football association, this is a beautiful report card. What impressed the reporter even more is that even if it has grown to thousands of people, the work of the association is basically done by folk football enthusiasts in their spare time. Dai Kuannan, chairman of the Nan'an Football Association, is the head of a private enterprise, and Secretary-General Wu Huanyong is an employee of the post office. 95 directors come from different industries, and most of them do not receive a penny from the Football Association.
From the perspective of the development of the Nan'an Football Association, the benefits of private football fans participating in the work of the Football Association are obvious. Because the association "bottom-up" was spontaneously founded by the people, everyone has a strong sense of identity and is willing to have money to contribute, and solve the problem of shortage of human and material resources in the development of grassroots football; because the founders really like it Football, so you can volunteer to participate in the work of the association for more than ten years, ensuring the continuity of the development of the football association; because the person in charge of the association understands football and can follow the objective development law of football to formulate various policies; because members come from all walks of life , So the association can mobilize various social resources to serve the development of football.
It is true that the Nan'an Football Association has its particularities. Nan'an is a well-known hometown of overseas Chinese and a strong economic county. The Nan'an Football Association can relatively easily obtain sponsorship from local private enterprises to organize activities and build venues. But the development of football does not only rely on funds, the more core factor is always people. As Dai Kuannan said, in any city, it is not difficult to find a thousand people who like football. The difficulty is to unite them and contribute to the development of local football.
A strong football association is the leader in the development of grassroots football. From the experience of Chengdu, Nan'an and other places, it can be seen that the participation of private football fans in grassroots football affairs is an effective way to solve the development plight of grassroots football associations.
This is inseparable from the subjective initiative of the majority of football fans. As the football fans in Nan'an have done, although they have no professional football background, as long as they like football and are willing to contribute to the development of football in their hometown, they can take the initiative to participate in grassroots football affairs. Even in their spare time, they can do many things.
This also requires the guidance and support of local governments. The support from the local government since 2012 is an important node for the Nan'an Football Association to move from private to official. The government's official recognition and certain policy support can better guide private football fans and fully mobilize social forces to carry out football work.
The purpose of developing grassroots football is to expand the football population and create a good football atmosphere in society. Grassroots football should not be just the football of local sports or education authorities. Grassroots football should unite all people who like and care about the development of football in the whole society.
Believe in the power of football fans. A single spark can start a prairie fire.