- Football Association of the People's Republic of China
National football association
Founded = 1924
FIFA affiliation = 1931
Region = AFC
Region affiliation = 1974
The Football Association of the People's Republic of China (Simplified Chinese: 中国足球协会; Traditional Chinese: 中國足球協會;
pinyin: Zhōngguó Zúqiú Xiéhuì), also called the Chinese Football Association (CFA), is the governing body of football in the People's Republic of China.
The original China Football Association was founded in 1924. Affiliated to
FIFAin 1931, it was relocated to Taiwan following the end of Chinese Civil War(see Chinese Taipei Football Association).
The current Chinese Football Association was founded in the
People's Republic of Chinaafter 1949. Its headquarters is located in Beijing. The current President is Xie Yalong.
In 1994, the CFA formed a professional league consisting of the China
Jia Aand Jia Bdivisions, each having twelve clubs with two clubs being promoted and relegated from their respective league every year.
Beginning with the 2004 season, the former Jia A division was replaced by the
Chinese Super Leagueor CSL with the Jia B division being renamed as the new Jia A league. The "Jia League" is often called the "China League".
China also has national teams for both men and women. The women have been more competitive internationally than the men, losing in a penalty shootout to the USA in the 1999 Women's World Cup final, and also finishing fourth in 1995.
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* [http://www.fa.org.cn/ Chinese Football Association] Languageicon|zh|Chinese
* [http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=chn/index.html FIFA profile: China PR]
* [http://www.rsssf.com/tablesc/chinahist.html China League History]
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