CFA announces 2020 domestic football calendar

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The Chinese Football Association has released the calendar for its domestic football competitions for the 2020 season, including for the Super League (CSL), League One, League Two, and the FA Cup.

The first round of the CSL will kick off on the weekend of February 22-23, and conclude on December 31. The League One regular season will run from Febuary 29 to November 1, with playoffs running to November 14. League Two’s regular season will run from March 11 to October 31, with playoffs also ending on November 14.

Games will continue to take place during this year’s Uefa European Championship and Olympic Games. Euro 2020 runs from June 12 to July 12, and Tokyo 2020 from July 24 to August 9.

This season’s Super Cup between CSL champion Guangzhou Evergrande and FA Cup champion Shanghai Shenhua will be played in Suzhou on February 5.

Fifa Club World Cup 2021

Chinese sport authorities have begun preparatory work ahead of the country hosting the Fifa Club World Cup in 2021 and the 2023 Asian World Cup, according to Gou Zhongwen, the head of the State General Administration of Sport.

Gou said at a meeting in Beijing yesterday that both events will be platforms to showcase China’s sports reforms: “We need to set up the organizing committee soon, and facilitate the construction of venues. Meanwhile, we will work closely with Fifa and AFC to present great events.”

Last October, China was appointed host of the inaugural edition of an expanded football Club World Cup. The new tournament will have 24 teams, will take place every four years, and will replace both the existing annual, seven-team Club World Cup and the Confederations Cup national team tournament.

The award of the hosting rights to China is a boost to the country’s efforts to grow its football industry and increase its competitiveness on the pitch. The Chinese government and private industry have been investing heavily in the sport as part of plans to grow the wider sports industry. Football is a particular focus as it is a favoured sport of President Xi Jinping, who wants the country to host the Fifa World Cup in the near future.