A reform plan to boost the overall development of soccer in China has been issued by the State Council General Office. The plan lists a range of goals over a long time-frame.
In the short-term, the focus will be on changing Chinas sports management system. The plan calls for the Chinese Football Association to terminate its affiliation with the General Administration of Sport of China and become independent from the governments administrative structure.
Medium-term goals include developing the Chinese Super League into one of the top domestic circuits in the region, and raising the mens national team to become one of Asias leading powers, ranking among the worlds more prominent squads. On the womens side, the plan calls for the national teams return to a world-class level.
And in the long-term, China will look to bid to host the FIFA World Cup, and have the mens national team qualify for both the World Cup and the Olympics.