Myanmar Football Federation to work with Japanese to lift women’s football standards

Writer: 
Nyi Nyi Soe Nyunt
Caption: FIFA President Gianni Infantino opens the National Football Academy in Yangon on February 17. (Photo: Nyi Nyi Soe Nyunt).
The Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) will cooperate with the Japan Football Association in an effort to improve the standard of women’s football.
The National Football Academy in Yangon and the MFF will start implementing this plan this year.
Although some foreign football clubs including Inter Milan, a famous Serie-A club in Italy, offered to help the MFF, the Myanmar federation has decided to work only with the Japanese Football Association.
The MFF will begin work to boost the standard of women’s football in Myanmar, including projects to develop youth players.
Depending on demands of the MFF, the Japanese body, will open youth football training, coaching courses and fitness courses in order to produce qualified fit players. 
The JFA will work to improve the standard of women’s football here by opening youth training courses and organising friendly matches.
At present there are three football academies under the MFF. They are in Yangon, Mandalay and Pathein. 
The National Football Academy in Yangon was opened by FIFA President Gianni Infantino in February. 
The MFF selected nearly 100 players to send them to three football academies in March. 
But Myanmar’s women football team rates highly, together with Thailand and Vietnam in the Asean bloc, but it yet to record any victories. In Asian tournaments, Myanmar’s women’s team faced bad results. 
That is the reason for the current undertakings to lift women’s football standards. 
Translated by Win Htut