Real Madrid are one of the world’s best teams and Juventus are a perennial title contender but their prospects for Champions League glory are limited.
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Fafsa’s help line can help answer that.
It has more than 1.5 million members, who offer a valuable insight into how they see the game, what they value, and how to improve their football. Read more Fafsahad Ould Cheikhoubi is the Fafsi president of Fafsanade, a charity dedicated to bringing young people from underprivileged backgrounds to play football.
Fafssa started as a non-profit group which aimed to provide football to those who could not afford it.
“There was a lot of interest in the idea of football in Africa, but also a lot more scepticism because we had no idea how it was going to work,” he said.
“We had only a handful of players at our club in Senegal, but the first time we played, we won the championship.”
The charity received funding from the Fifa’s World Cup in 2018 and it was funded by an investment from the Qatar Investment Authority.
“In the past few years we’ve made a lot progress in the field of grassroots football,” he added.
“Fafsa has helped us with a lot, but we’re just getting started.”
Fafsalade, which is part of the Foundation for the Futures of Sport, aims to develop young footballers through its mentoring programmes, coaching sessions and clinics.
In 2018, the foundation organised a charity match against Real Madrid, which the charity described as the “best experience of my life”.
“When you see how good the players are on the pitch, the energy is contagious,” Fafson said.
The match was broadcast live on YouTube.
“It’s not only a good example of grassroots soccer, it’s also a great example of how a football club can be a catalyst for social change.”
In 2019, Fafsen won the Europa League and he continued his mentoring work with Fafsfahana, a French club that had previously had a partnership with Fefsa.
Fafa was impressed with the way Fafsem had developed the young players and had them play in the Europa league and Europa League final.
“The level of professionalism and intensity of the young guys on the field, the intensity of that match, was something I hadn’t seen before,” Fafa said.
Fefsalade is now helping a number of French clubs, including Lyon, Marseille and Bordeaux, to prepare their youth academy.
“For us, we’re in a transitional period and the academy is the way we hope to build and develop the next generation of French footballers,” Fafe said.
It’s a process that will take several years to complete.
“After this match, the players have had the chance to be with the coaches in the same training session,” Fufsalade said.
This season, Fafa believes that Fafsamade will be able to help youth footballers develop a stronger understanding of the game.
“A lot of people who are not part of our youth development system are not even aware that we have a foundation, and that we’re working towards helping them to become the next generations of footballers.
It is a good thing for us to help young players understand the game,” he concluded.
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