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Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) mission to support and develop its Member Associations was underlined today with the launch of the second edition of the Football Administration Certificate (FAC) programme in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The third edition of the FAC is scheduled to take place from July 31 to August 2, 2017.

The nine-month programme, which was piloted for Member Associations in the East region between July to April last year, received an overwhelming response this year after being extended to all AFC Member Associations. A total of 51 participants from 26 Member Associations will benefit from the second and third editions of the FAC.

AFC Development Committee Chairman H.E. Mohamed Khalfan Al Romaithi said: “The FAC exemplifies the progress that the AFC is making towards strengthening the capabilities of Member Associations under the banner ‘One Asia, One Goal’.

“Following the success of the first edition, it is essential that we provide all our Member Associations with a more forward-thinking and dynamic approach to football administration and development.”

The FAC curriculum has been improved this year, increasing from six modules to seven. The latest addition - Financial Management in Football – will augment the current core aspects, which include the organisation of world football, strategic management, revenue generation, media and communications as well as events and operations management.

Similar to the first edition, the FAC has been designed in partnership with the renowned World Academy of Sport (WAoS) and is specifically catered for future senior management of the AFC Member Associations. It comprises three quarterly face-to-face seminars in Kuala Lumpur and e-learning modules, combining a minimum of 280 study hours.