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After a 3 year gap due to the worldwide pandemic IPSO were finally back in China delivering two courses in Beijing.

IPSO recently made its return to China after a three-year hiatus due to the global pandemic. The trip marked a pivotal moment for IPSO, as it coincided with significant changes in the Chinese football league’s landscape.

Remember when China was all about throwing cash at big-shot International players like Hulk, Oscar, and Witsel? The Chinese Football League
has now shifted its focus towards youth development and local talent scouting. This change in approach has opened new avenues for growth and improvement within the sport.

During the visit, we took the opportunity to contribute to this evolving football culture by delivering a comprehensive course at one of Beijing’s largest academies. The target audience for the course comprised grassroots football coaches, seeking to enhance their scouting and analysis skills to elevate their game knowledge and football intelligence.

The program, designed to cater to the evolving football scene in China, consisted of two courses – the Level 3 Youth Scouting Course and the Level 2 Workshops 5-12, focusing on position-specific analysis. In total, 45 coaches participated in these courses, benefiting from IPSO’s expertise and international football insights. The Level 3 Youth Scouting Course provided coaches with a deep understanding of effective scouting techniques for identifying and nurturing young talent. On the other hand, Level 2 Workshops 5-12 delved into position-specific analysis, offering a nuanced approach to exploring the skills of footballers in specific positions. Feedback from the participants reflected the success of the courses, with coaches expressing their appreciation for the valuable knowledge gained. The practical and theoretical aspects of the workshops contributed significantly to their understanding of the intricacies involved in scouting and analysing young talents. 

To further acknowledge the commitment and enthusiasm of the participants, we presented them with exclusive merchandise, including stylish baseball caps and tracksuit tops. The gesture not only served as a token of appreciation but also fostered a sense of camaraderie among the coaches, solidifying their connection with the IPSO community. The return of IPSO to China marked a milestone in our commitment to global football development. As the sport in China continues to evolve, we hope to have contributed, even if minimal, which could have a lasting impact on the growth and success of football in the region.