AFDP Global launched in 2018 and builds on the heritage and successful football development projects of the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP), which was established by HRH Prince Ali in 2012 and focused on Asia and the Middle East. In this original form, AFDP had a positive impact in a short amount of time, transforming thousands of lives using football as a catalyst for change. AFDP Global marks a new phase in Prince Ali’s work by using football to improve the lives of children and young people in communities in need across the world.
The aim of the partnership is to connect promising young players from West Asia, and in the future from other regions across the globe, with the world-class player development opportunities offered by ICEF in Evian, France.
This partnership brings together ICEF’s expertise in elite player development with AFDP Global’s deep access to organizations and individuals at the forefront of grassroots, professional and women’s soccer across West Asia and other regions around the world.
The partnership has been designed to open up a wealth of training and educational opportunities to promising squads and players as well as young adults from communities in need from across the region. Up to 75 young players from select squads receive access to ICEF’s best-in-class personal and professional development programs on an annual basis.
Collaborations between AFDP Global and ICEF have included ICEF’s Evian Center hosting the Jordan Women’s National Team for training during the 2019 Women’s FIFA World Cup in France.
“This new partnership is based on a belief, shared by our two organisations, that football is a powerful tool to prepare young people for successful lives founded on the values of teamwork, respect and self-discipline.”
JF Cecillon, CEO of AFDP Global