Japanese FA strengthens ties with Conmebol in new partnership
The Japan Football Association has signed a memorandum of understanding with Conmebol, the governing body for soccer in South America, to co-operate in various fields.
The partnership agreement was concluded by JFA president Tashima Kohzo (pictured, left) and Conmebol counterpart Alejando Dominguez (right) at a ceremony at the confederation’s headquarters in Asuncion in Paraguay on Wednesday.
The two organisations said it will strengthen their existing friendship and promote exchange in technical and professional areas.
The co-operation will extend to: coaching, referee and youth development exchange programmes; mutual participation in youth competitions and other categories; and assistance from Conmebol to strengthen the relationships between its member federations and the JFA.
Japan have qualified for their sixth successive World Cup in 2018, in which their group stage opponents include Colombia, while Japanese club Cerezo Osaka will take on Independiente of Argentina in the 2018 Suruga Bank Championship, the contest between the winners of the Japanese League Cup and the South America’s Copa Sudamericana.
The JFA has MoUs with 15 other Asian soccer federations, plus the national associations in Denmark, England, France, Germany and Spain.