Arsenal are one of a number of clubs that will attend the World Football Summit Asia (WFSA) that will take place on April 29 and 30 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Arsenal, along with Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, La Liga, Bundesliga and the Premier League will be among the 2,000 delegates expected to attend the event. In total, more than 100 clubs will be represented.
La Liga international development director Oscar Mayo, Malaysia Football League (MFL) chairman Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) general-secretary Datuk Windsor John, Fifa chief digital transformation and innovation officer Luis Vicente and Media Base Sports founder and chief executive officer Pere Guardiola are some of the speakers for the event.
Friendly matches between La Liga and Asean football legends will be played with Fernando Morientes, Albert Luque, Gaizka Mendieta, Christian Karembeu, Malaysia’s Zainal Abidin Hassan, Singapore’s Fandi Ahmad, Vietnam’s Le Cong Vinh and Indonesia’s Bambang Pamungkas expected to feature.
This is the first edition of the event aimed at inspiring Asian football.
“Starting with Malaysia, the summit aims to increase the level of awareness and share industry knowledge to improve and enhance various aspects of the game in Asia as a credible industry platform. The game is truly loved by all in the region and there is much potential to unearth and develop to elevate the overall standards of the Asian football landscape,” said Mohan Rajaratnam, CEO of World Football Summit Asia.
“Since its inception, we have supported WFS in its initiative to organize an international edition, and it was clear that Asia was the right place to start as the majority of the world’s population is situated here,” said Ivan Codina, Managing Director of SEA, Australia, Japan & South Korea, LaLiga.
“Kuala Lumpur is a great choice due to its strategic location, existing large fan base, exceptional football culture, and its growing economy with rising purchasing power.
“We are extremely confident that first edition of the summit outside of Europe will be a huge success contributing to the development of football in the Asian region.”