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The Shanghai FA delegation with Football West Manager Referees Eddie Lennie (left), Chief Operating Officer Greg Blycha (fourth right) and Head of Member Services Alex Novatsis (right)

Shanghai FA guests take in Night Series opener

Football West News

UPDATED: Members of the visiting Shanghai FA attended the first round of the NPL Night Series tonight as they continued their visit to Perth.

The five-man delegation are guests of Football West and were at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium to watch the Inglewood United v Sorrento match.

SFA General Secretary Yi Lin and his team took in the Perth Glory-Adelaide United Hyundai A-League fixture at HBF Park on Wednesday night, while earlier today they had a tour of Optus Stadium.

Football West Chairman Liam Twigger (third right) and Chief Operating Officer Greg Blycha (left) with the Shanghai FA visitors at the Perth Glory-Adelaide United Hyundai A-League match

The Shanghai FA delegation met WA State Sports Minister Mick Murray and received presentations at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries about Football West programs such as skill development, skills acquisition, women’s football, ALDI MiniRoos and community coaching.

Football West and the SFA signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding last year to deliver improved player, coach and referee exchange programs between the two bodies.

Football West Manager Referees Eddie Lennie and the Shanghai FA delegation on a tour of Optus Stadium

Football West Chief Operating Officer Greg Blycha said the visit had had enormous benefits for both Football West and the Shanghai FA.

“It has been a pleasure to host the Shanghai FA and provide an insight into the work we do here in WA,” he said.

“One of our core aims is to build our ties in Asia and these visits further strengthen our ties. The feedback received during the week has been very positive and we see this as the first step in a fruitful relationship”.

WA State Sports Minister Mick Murray (third right), Football West Chairman Liam Twigger (third left), Football West CEO James Curtis (left) and members of the Shanghai FA delegation at the DLGSCI offices earlier this week

Along with Mr Lin, the others in the Shanghai FA delegation currently in WA are Vice General Secretary Fugui Chen, Director of Women’s Football Wei Chen, Director of Administration Jing Tian and consultant Scott Tu.

Last week Football West Chairman Liam Twigger met Shanghai FA President Zhu Guanghu in China.