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The AFC has donated more than 120,000 ultra-durable balls to 29 Member Associations, reaching close to 1.5 million football loving children of all abilities across Asia. The-AFC.com looks back at some of the key highlights of the project since the AFC’s partnership with the One World Play Project in 2013.

September 15 2013: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the One World Play Project (OWPP) for greater cooperation on a number of development programmes in Asia, including the ultra-durable balls project.March 26 2014: A total of 5,200 ultra-durable balls were contributed to the Philippines Football Federation as part of the AFC‘s rebuilding efforts in the areas affected by the Typhoon Haiyan disaster in November 2013. The AFC Village, which also won silver in the Asia Sports Industry Awards (SPIA), was initiated as part of the AFC President’s Initiative to help rebuild the lives of victims of one of the strongest storms in history.

September 18 2014: The AFC and its partners contributed 5200 Ultra–Durable Footballs to the Mongolian Football Federation (MFF), which were distributed to selected rural schools and NGOs working with grassroots and youth football in Mongolia. The balls were distributed based on the size and the need of their respective programmes. 

December 18 2014: The Jordan Football Association received 15,000 ultra durable balls to boost its grassroots football and social development activities thanks to the partnership between the AFC and One World Play Project. Some of the balls were sent to Zaatari Refugees Camp on the Jordanian border where displaced children and youths benefitted from structured football activities.

February 10 2015: Vietnam received 46,000 Ultra Durable Balls courtesy of a collaboration between the AFC and its partners, a move that strengthened grassroots football in the ASEAN nation.

April 13 2015: The Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) received 5,200 ultra durable balls in a bid to boost grassroots football and social development activities in the South Asian nation. A three-day grassroots festival was held to mark the event involving more than 300 boys and girls aged between five and 12 from urban and rural areas.

May 25 2015: Fifty children including disabled players took part in the balls donation ceremony at the Tajikistan Football Academy, where the Tajikistan Football Federation received 5,200 ultra durable balls. 

November 29 2015: Disadvantaged and blind people benefitted from donations by the AFC and its partners, which included 5,200 ultra-durable balls at a ceremony in New Delhi.

January 20 2016: The AFC and its partners contributed 2,200 ultra-durable footballs to Guam Football Association (GFA) to boost grassroots and social development activities on the Pacific Island.

January 23 2016: The Northern Mariana Islands Football Association’s grassroots and social development efforts were handed a major boost after it received 510 ultra-durable footballs from the AFC and its partners.

February 11 2016: Launched at the AFC Futsal Championship Uzbekistan 2016 in Tashkent, a total of 5,400 ultra-durable footballs were distributed to the Uzbekistan Football Federation (UFF).

June 7 2016: 5,400 ultra-durable footballs were distributed to the Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) today as part of the AFC’s efforts to strengthen grassroots football and social development in the Southeast Asian nation.

September 24 2016: Held in conjunction with the Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) ‘Just Play’ Community Grassroots Programme at its headquarters, a total of 5,200 ultra-durable footballs were donated by the AFC and its partners.

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