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.

In Numbers


young people

Reached over 80,000 young people directly through our projects, and more indirectly through initiatives that have made football more inclusive and accessible worldwide


young coaches

Trained over 500 coaches, administrators, and referees through projects in refugee camps, schools, and clubs



Distributed 100,000 footballs to young people's programmes and organisations around the world



Completed 30 projects reaching 25 countries, spanning a large geographic region.



Read more about the impact of our key projects around the world

Cambodia’s Mighty Girls

For a fair chance at life, we teamed up with Sports and Leadership Training (SALT) Academy to provide training, housing and educational opportunities for Cambodian girls at risk of human-trafficking. The Mighty Girls programme helped establish professional women’s football in Cambodia.

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Lifting The Headscarf Ban

Based on our belief that everyone has the right to play football without facing discrimination, we spearheaded a campaign to lift the ban on wearing headscarves in official matches. Headscarf-wearing women can now play football at the highest level.

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Malaysia’s Faisal Cup

Faisal was a young Malaysian boy who drowned trying to fetch a football from a river. We have been involved in The Faisal Cup, which was named after him. It provides children from disadvantaged backgrounds with an equal opportunity to play football in a safe space

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